The NATO Summit: Front for Democracy or Return to the Cold War?

The NATO Summit: Front for Democracy or Return to the Cold War?

To drive home this point, Biden stressed during a press conference after the summit that article 5 of the North-Atlantic Treaty remains “rock-solid” and “sacred” 72 years after its adoption. Article 5 obliges all thirty member states to consider an attack on one of the allies as an attack on all of them. Yet, NATO invoked it only once in its history, and this in support of the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The final communiqué of the present NATO summit underscored that article 5 can now also be invoked as a reaction to aggression in space and cyberspace.

Colonial cover ups and the invention of ‘Islamo-leftism’

Colonial cover ups and the invention of ‘Islamo-leftism’

Those who stand against imperialism in the west are almost never popular in their home countries, but the current climate seems more dangerous than it has in decades. By conflating very different groups from feminists and racial justice activists to anarchists and social democrats and galvanizing far right groups to confront them, the people behind these mostly anonymous letters and the political actors they support might just provoke the kind of civil unrest they claim they are trying to prevent.