The Syrian civil war and the paralysis of the United Nations

“The failure of the international community, in particular the Security Council, to take concrete actions to stop the blood-letting, shames us all […] For almost two years now, my staff and the staff of the independent Commission of Inquiry have been interviewing Syrians inside and outside the country, listening to their stories and gathering evidence.…

Islamisme en het einde van de geschiedenis

“Zeg me: welke belangrijke stap in de ontwikkeling van de mensheid hebben moslims in voorbije duizend jaar gezet? Hebben ze de verbrandingsmotor uitgevonden? De computertechnologie? Antibiotica? Als het van religieuze fanatici afhangt, maakt dat ook allemaal niets uit. Die leven nog in de twaalfde eeuw.” – Pervez Hoodbhoy in Der Spiegel, januari 2013 De Arabische…

Syria and the hope for a state of nature

“Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty.” – F. Dostoevsky   The Syrian conflict has reached a seemingly insurmountable gridlock. The UN estimates of last June state that around 100,000 people had died and around 2 million have fled the country and are now being forgotten…

Professor Bart Kerremans on the Syrian conflict

The whole story of Syria shows us how both superpowers Russia and the United States are once more diametrically opposed in their foreign policies. We had an interview with Bart Kerremans, professor in International Relations and American Politics, and  therefore the perfect person to clarify  the game of the superpowers concerning Syria. When the Arab…