‘Fascism’s Centennial Legacy’ by Scott Atran

One hundred years ago, in late October 1922, Italian Fascists under the leadership of Benito Mussolini, a former socialist newspaper editor and politician, marched on Rome and onto the world stage. The goal was to make Italy and its capital great again, as under the Caesars. When the fascist supporters and Blackshirt militia entered the…

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Lord Alderdice pays tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Lord Alderdice, speaking in the House of Lords on Saturday 10 September 2022 said – My Lords, it is a truism of politics generally—and, no doubt, of your Lordships’ House—that it is easier to make a long speech than a short one. In respect of Her late Majesty, all of us could speak at length…

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When Will to Fight Trumps Hard Power

Before Congress, Gen. Scott Berrier, the US Defense Intelligence Agency director, acknowledged misjudging Ukraine’s ability to resist Russia: “I questioned their will to fight. That was a bad assessment.”  Russia’s appraisal of Ukraine’s will to fight evidently fared no better. Lamentably, misjudging both allies’ and adversaries’ will to fight has become routine among our military and political…

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