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By Ian Buruma - Nov 16,2017
Something many right-wing populists have in common is a peculiar form of self-pity: the feeling of being victimised by the liberal media, academics, intellectuals, “experts” — in short, by the so-called elites.The liberal elites, the populists proclaim, rule the world and dominat
By Ian Buruma - Oct 10,2017
The absurdity of the North Korean dictatorship is easy to caricature.
By Ian Buruma - Sep 07,2017
The ghastly spectacle last month of neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying torches and barking slogans about the supremacy of the white race, was sparked by the city’s plans to remove a statue of Robert E.
By Ian Buruma - Jul 30,2017
Some people might have dismissed Donald Trump’s recent tweet of a video clip showing him punching the face of a man with a CNN logo on his head as yet another example of the US president’s vulgar buffoonery — unseemly, perhaps, but par for the course. But others have pointed
By Ian Buruma - May 08,2017
After the French Revolution of 1789, deputies in the National Assembly who supported the revolutionary gains sat on the left, while those who opposed them and hankered after the old order of monarchy and church congregated on the right.Hence the political terms “left” and “right”
By Ian Buruma - Apr 11,2017
Nothing seemed to be going right for Donald Trump during the first 11 weeks of his presidency.Federal courts blocked his attempts to ban citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
By Ian Buruma - Feb 11,2017
Those who have been telling us that Islam, not just revolutionary Islamism, is a lethal threat to Western civilisation should now feel satisfied: the president of the United States, and his main advisers, agree with them.In the tweeted words of Donald Trump’s national security ad
By Ian Buruma - Jan 12,2017
Is there any reason for liberals to feel optimistic after a year of political disasters?
By Ian Buruma - Dec 18,2016
A bronze bust of Winston Churchill, displayed in the White House since the 1960s, has been the object of a continuing right-wing canard in Washington.The story goes that when President Barack Obama moved in, he returned the bust to the British embassy, supposedly signifying
By Ian Buruma - Nov 06,2016
I recently joined a tour in Bucharest of the Palace of Parliament, the gigantic folly built in the 1980s on the orders of the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was executed before he could see it finished.The statistics rehearsed by our guide were staggering: the

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