Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?

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Cynthia M. Lardner

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s slim success in the April 16, 2017 referendum election enhanced his power consistent with Mr. Erdogan’s statements going back to 2014 that he aspired to become the next Caliphate. The term Caliphate has significant meaning in the Muslim world. A Caliph is a prophet sent by God to provide just governance over all of Islam. This is on the level of miracles. The Caliphate was abolished by the secularization of Turkey 99 years ago. Continue reading “Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?”

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

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Cynthia M. Lardner

 

A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

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Festival audiences line up for ambitious Serbian thriller Incarnation

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Marcus Agar

High concept thriller Incarnation is the latest Serbian film to attract attention, as word of mouth builds in the wake of premiere screenings in the UK, US and in the Balkans.

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Bosnian Sevdah star Amira Medunjanin presents Damar: Real World Class

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Marcus Agar

 

As a siren entices sailors to a watery grave, an expressive soul can lure strangers to get giddy on its intoxicating tales of love, loss and sorrow

 

Sarajevo-born Sevdah singer Amira Medunjanin calls on genuine emotional depth to deliver songs that tell of the allure of the heart and the grip of sorrow, as put to good use on her latest release, Damar.

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Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

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Cynthia M. Lardner

The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a one and a half commodity nation; one part natural resources and, despite its outdated and declining military, one-half the sale of weapons.

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A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Cynthia M. Lardner

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and adherence to Rule of Law.

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Organ harvesting film from first-time director Branko Tomovic

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Marcus Agar

Organ harvesting in the criminal underground is the gruesome subject of the directorial debut of London-based Serb actor Branko Tomovic.

The star of 24: Live Another Day, The Bourne Ultimatum and Brad Pitt’s WWII tank story Fury, co-wrote the dark thriller with young writer Paul D. Clancy.

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