June 30, 2014

The World Gavrilo Princip Made

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

Earlier this month, a swarm of fighters bearing the black flags of the jihadi militia known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, busy invading a large chunk of northern Iraq, decided to pause and link their cause to the First World War. On that Tuesday, the Sunni fighters seized a bulldozer and some military vehicles and plowed a rough roadway through the earthen berm that divides Syria and Iraq. After dancing on the newly erased border and firing automatic weapons into the air, the ISIL fighters took to Twitter and YouTube to make a historic boast: By moving aside this pile of sand and earth, they said, they “are demolishing the Sykes-Picot borders. All thanks due to Allah.” Our world, those Sunni insurgents reminded us, is still very much governed by the ideas that were...

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June 26, 2014
The Return of the Sleepwalkers
Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate
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June 28, 2014
The War Forever Etched in Europe's Psyche
Paul Ames, Global Post
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June 30, 2014
Germany's Superpower Quest Caused World War I
Michael Lind, TNI
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