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By Ian Buruma - Aug 22,2015
Vidkun Quisling, Norway’s wartime fascist leader whose name has become synonymous with collaboration with evil, lived with his wife in a rather grandiose villa outside of Oslo.That villa is now the Norwegian Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, a fine tra
By Ian Buruma - Jun 23,2015
On May 8, 1945, when World War II in Europe officially ended, much of the world lay in ruins.But if the human capacity for destruction knows few limits, the ability to start over again is just as remarkable.
By Ian Buruma - Mar 04,2015
Why did he do it? What possessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation from the Republicans in the US Congress to come and attack President Barack Obama’s policy on Iran without letting the White House know? Netanyahu claims that his was &ldquo
By Ian Buruma - Jan 17,2015
The Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam a little more than 10 years ago, had much in common with the satirists of Charlie Hebdo. Like the French editors and cartoonists, he was a provocateur, a moral anarchist, a shock artist who ne
By Ian Buruma - Dec 14,2014
The British shadow minister for Europe, Pat McFadden, recently warned members of his Labour Party that they should try to make the most of the global economy and not treat immigration like a disease. As he put it, “you can feed on people’s grievances or you can give
By Ian Buruma - Nov 24,2014
The times we live in are often most clearly reflected in the mirror of art. Much has been written about post-communism in Russia and China.
By Ian Buruma - Aug 06,2014
The time before last that Israel was fighting a war in Gaza, in 2009, Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister at the time, compared the conflict to America’s war with Japan.
By Ian Buruma - Jun 22,2014
US President Barack Obama is under attack — from so-called liberal hawks, more or less to the left of centre, as well as from active interventionists on the right — for being a weak president, leading a war-weary (even world-weary) America in retreat. Obama’s c
By Ian Buruma - May 17,2014
According to the latest opinion polls, the big winners in the European Parliament election later this month will be right-wing populist parties that share a common loathing of the European Union, most notably the National Front in France, the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, and
By Ian Buruma - Jan 11,2014
Diplomats, normally discreet figures who rarely court publicity, have been in the news a lot lately, for all the wrong reasons. Two recent arrests of diplomats by their host countries have put a spotlight on the justification for, and limits of, the immunity from local law t

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