- The Arabs: divided by a common language Patrick Ryan, Commonweal
- The Committee to Implement Annexation Michael Koplow, Ottomans & Zionists
- ABC News (US) reporting on secession in “Cascadia” Ivan Periera, ABC
- The grim reality of the cruel seas Claude Berube, War on the Rocks
I hope y’all had a chance to check out Ussama Makdisi’s essay on Ottoman cosmopolitanism from one of the nightcaps a few days back. It was excellent, and serves as good complement to Barry’s work on the Ottoman Empire here at NOL.
It’s especially good for a few reasons. First, it has a useful explanation of the mandate system that London and Paris experimented with. Second, it’s comparative and brings in lots of different modes of governance. Third, there is an interesting discussing about citizenship (consult NOL for more on citizenship, too). Lastly, it explains well why the Arab world continues to wallow in extreme inequality and authoritarianism.
Makdisi represents a shift in thinking in Arab circles away from victimization and towards self-determination and responsibility: no longer are the French and British (and Jews) to be reviled and blamed for everything that’s wrong with the Middle East. There is a shift towards internationalist thinking. The Americans now play a positive role in what could have been (and still might be) a freer Middle East. The British and French have factions now and some of them were supportive of Arab voices, some of them not. Arab scholars are finally benefiting from the American university educational system, probably because there are so many Arabs studying in the US now.
Makdisi’s piece is not a libertarian interpretation, but it’s a start.
- A girl’s place in the world William Buckner, Quillette
- Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared? Rick Weber, Notes On Liberty
- Reflections on Westeros Livio Di Matteo, Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
- The persistence of racism in Arabic literature Mona Kareem, Africa is a Country
- How Buddha became a popular Christian saint Blake Smith, America
- Russia, Germany at loggerheads over Idlib Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Al-Monitor
- Arab melancholia Thomas Patier, Los Angeles Review of Books
- Does Locke’s entanglement with slavery undermine his philosophy? Holly Brewer, Aeon
- Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show With Russia Bruce Fein, American Conservative
- King Thibaw’s Elephants Jonathan Saha, Colonizing Animals
- Revolution and Decolonization in the Arab World Yoav Di-Capua, Age of Revolutions
- The Hunger for a Bold Socialism Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic