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Jeffrey Herf
2016
Postscript to “Is Donald Trump a Fascist?”

Trump understands what the classic demagogues of the 20th century understood: namely, that in a democracy it is possible to gain millions of votes by appealing to the worst in people.

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Radical Islam, Euphemisms, and the Labor of Selective Tradition

By refusing to talk about Islamism, President Obama is ceding the terms of debate to the likes of Trump.

Election 2016
Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

The short answer is “no,” but there’s plenty of room for discomfort.

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Germany’s Choice: Easy or Hard Asylum Integration

Germans must insist that Syrian refugees to their country accept Germany’s support of Israel, as well as the country’s hard-won reckoning with its Nazi past.

Iran's Intentions
In Defense of Pessimism

A lesson from German history for our dealings with Iran today: take the ideas of others seriously.

History and Accuracy
One Standard, Not Two, for Christianity and Islam

The President spoke the truth recently when he said “terrible deeds” have been committed in the name of Christianity. We should be equally frank in saying that terrible deeds are now being committed in the name of Islam.

Scholarship vs. Politics
Historians Reject Anti-Israel Resolutions

The American Historical Association rejected a pair of anti-Israel resolutions earlier this month. Perhaps the most important fact about that incident: they rejected them as historians.

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A Pro-Hamas Left Emerges

In the pursuit of political goals and an anti-Israel message, Historians Against the War has abandoned the standards of its profession and adopted a stance that objectively supports Hamas’s war aims.

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Why They Fight: Hamas’ Too-Little-Known Fascist Charter

As the Gaza conflict rolls on, the Western press has virtually ignored Hamas’s 1988 “Covenant,” which precisely details the terror group’s radical anti-Semitism and intellectual debt to Nazi ideology.

Ideological Exceptionalism
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Taking Iran’s Anti-Semitism Seriously

When U.S. policymakers focus on Iran, they tend to look at technical issues—its military capabilities, its economy, its nuclear ambitions. But they seldom pay enough attention to its ideological beliefs.

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Pricing Carbon

The state’s carbon market is floundering, but that didn’t stop the legislature from moving to extend it.

Universalism vs. Pragmatism

Hungary’s PM stance on migrants has long given Brussels the vapors. His doubling down points to real trouble ahead for the EU.

Petrostates in Peril

The collapse in crude prices cut OPEC’s oil export revenues nearly 50 percent in 2015.

Checkbook Diplomacy

The Land of the Rising Sun may be stagnating, but it still has plenty of economic clout in its region.

The Sanctions Dance

Putin’s threat of violence is triggering an appeasement reflex across European capitals: Slovakia’s Fico says EU sanctions on Russia should be lifted.

Stifling Innovation

Squeezing search engines to subsidize news companies will make no one better off.

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