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By Mitchell Belfer

Iran: The Other Islamic State

Many in the US are jostling to enter Iran’s marketplace as though acquiescence to international demands for nuclear transparency equated to political and economic reform. It did not. The Islamic Republic of Iran remains an Islamic state and a danger to regional stability. Caution is enjoined in any transaction with the country.   Ayatollah means the ‘sign of God,’ Hezbollah the ‘party of God,’ and Hokumat-e eslami means ‘Islamic government.’ These are not rhetorical devices in the parlance of…

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By Cinzia Bianco

Saudi-Iranian Tensions: The View From the Arabian Gulf

On 02 January, Saudi Arabia executed some 47 people on terrorism charges. Among those executed forty-three were from the Sunni sect – and, mostly, associated with al Qa’ida – while four were from the Shia sect. The prominent dissident cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, the de facto spiritual pulse leader of the 2011 protests that shook Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province, was among those executed. Upon his death, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared al-Nimr a shaheed (martyr) and…

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By Mitchell Belfer

The War in Yemen

The wider Middle East is caving under the pressure of multiple conflict-points and the effects are being acutely felt in Europe. The Charlie Hebdo and small arms terrorist attacks in Paris, an unfolding immigration and mounting socio-economic crises are reminders of the deep intersection of European and Middle Eastern spaces, interests and peoples. With the Syria-Iraq-ISIS conflict set as the highest priority among EU and NATO members, one of the central lynchpins of local and regional…

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By Mitchell Belfer

Conscription and European Security

In the 25 year process of European reintegration, military conscription – as a feature of the European political scene – has largely vanished. The evaporation of sizeable, conscripted militaries reflects the widespread belief that conscription is a political, economic and military anachronism reminiscent of times of great continental insecurity and international militarism which are no longer considered valid sources of European identity. Instead, security identities in post-Cold War Europe are…

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Issue 9:4

By Denis Madore

The Gratuitous Suicide by the Sons of Pride: On Honour and Wrath in Terrorist Attacks

Where there is coal, or oil, or water-power, therenew weapons can be forged against the heart of the Faustian Civilization Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics In that day, Yahweh with his hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan, the eeing serpent, and leviathan the twisted serpent; and he will kill the dragon that is in the sea. Isaiah 27:01


By Tomas Zboril

CEJISS Word Cloud 7-13 December 2015

We created the word cloud from the articles collected from the media: Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, France 24, the Diplomat, the Guardian and Russia Today; for the last week (7-6.12.). Topics of the week: The tension between Russia and Turkey, the environmental summit and the war in Syria.

2015 - Volume 9, Issue 4