New York was once again the scene of a terrorist attack. A truck plowed down a crowded bike path in Lower Manhattan. A handwritten message near the truck indicated the driver’s allegiance to the Islamic State: “It will endure forever,” the note said. But will it?Rik Coolsaet (Clingendael Spectator)
Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few.Rupert Neate (The Guardian)
If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he had been a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another …Thomas Friedman (New York Times)
President Trump’s first week of action: a flurry of policy initiatives in the bubble of the Withe House without institutional back-up.Charlie Savage, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman (New York Times)
Nobody knows yet what Donald Trump is going to do to immigration enforcement. But states and cities that value immigrants, including the undocumented, do not have the luxury of waiting and hoping for the best. They are girding for a confrontation, building defenses to protect families and workers from the next administration.Editorial Board (New York Times)
Has the small town of Vilvoorde figured out how to reintegrate its Islamists?Jim Brunsden (Financial Times)
One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.Anne Barnard (New York Times)
Belgium’s foreign policy in the past five years reveals a contrasted picture. Starting in 2009-2010, an exhaustive assessment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) resulted in significant changes in the workings and organization of the ministry. But the question what policy objectives the MFA was supposed to pursue remained largely unaddressed.
The concept of “radicalisation” is now firmly entrenched at the heart of European and global counterterrorism. But 12 years after its introduction, it remains ill-defined, complex and controversial. It is thus time to assess its added value.
The recent bombings in Europe are being perpetrated by a new generation of terrorists who are upending our previous understanding of what motivates such people and how to find and stop them. Today’s terrorists are not religious extremists who became radicals but rather radicals who became religious extremists. The difference is crucial.Fareed Zakaria (Washington Post)
How did Belgium live last week – and how will it live the aftermath of 22 March ?Emma Graham-Harrison (The Guardian)
The terrorist attacks in Brussels, where at least 31 people were killed earlier this week, has forced us once again to comprehend the almost incomprehensible. Why do people turn their backs on the relative comfort of their lives to join the brutal organisation that is Islamic State and commit terrorist offences and mass murder?