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Claire Berlinski

Writer, Researcher, and Journalist

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Claire Berlinski

Novelist, essayist, journalist, historian, travel writer, biographer, critic.

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Macron Survived Russia’s Dirty Tricks, but Even Bigger Challenges Await

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Election Eve

Last-minute surprises notwithstanding, the chances of a Brexit- or Trump-style surprise in France tomorrow seem remote. The presidential run-off takes place on Sunday, and nearly everyone in France is sick of both candidates. Wednesday’s debate didn’t help: Marine spent two-and-a-half solid hours shrieking like a fishwife addled by menopause.
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Last-Minute Thoughts on Marine Le Pen

By the end of the day, journalists will at last be able to stop writing the same column about “the most unpredictable election ever” and the awful choices France confronts. Voting has begun. The first exit polls will be published when polling stations close at 8 p.m. They’re usually fairly accurate.
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Guilty Men

Turkish democracy didn’t die all at once in last week’s referndum; it’s been languishing for years. Why did so many in the West fail to notice? On April 16, Turkish voters narrowly approved a referendum that replaced their country’s parliamentary democracy with an “executive presidency.”. Steven Cook, of the Council on Foreign Relations, was quick to pronounce modern Turkey dead.
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UNE TRAGÉDIE AMÉRICAINE

VANT MÊME LE RÉSULTAT DE L’ÉLECTION, TRUMP A MONTRÉ SA NOCIVITÉ EN DÉTRUISANT LES VALEURS CONSERVATRICES. À CAUSE DE SES ÉLANS XÉNOPHOBES, PROTECTIONNISTES, PROVINCIAUX ET AUTORITARISTES, LE PARTI RÉPUBLICAIN RESSEMBLE DÉSORMAIS À LA CARICATURE QU’EN FAISAIT LA GAUCHE.
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Who is Fethullah Gülen?

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claims that a Muslim cleric living in rural Pennsylvania was the mastermind of a bloody, failed coup attempt in Turkey last Friday. The attempt saw the unprecedented horror of the Turkish military turning its arms against their own people and mowing them down in the street.
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Barbarism Again in France

Last night, during festivities to celebrate Bastille Day in Nice, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel—only one terrorist has so far been identified—killed 84 people, including ten children, and left 18 more in critical condition. It was the seventh terrorist attack in France in 18 months. People had gathered on the popular Promenade des Anglais.
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For Europe, the Only Way Forward Is Together

I share Daniel Johnson’s concern about Europe’s future—although not always for the reasons he cites. In general, I believe he conflates Europe’s domestic pathologies with the effects on Europe of global events, not all of which are of Europe’s making and not all of which are as grave as he stipulates.
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The Cold War’s Arab Spring: How the Soviets Created Today’s Middle East

Thus did botched decolonization result in endless instability. The most intractable of the regional conflicts to which this gave rise, that between the Arabs and Israelis, is attributed in this narrative to Israel’s unwillingness to accede to Palestinian national aspirations. Thus did the region become a breeding ground for radicalism, intensified by Cold War rivalry between the superpowers, who replaced the European colonizers as the region’s meddling overlords.
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Paris Is Worth a Mass

Is it right that Paris gets a mass rally while Boko Haram’s slaughter of thousands in Nigeria merits hardly a shrug? But it’s the response Paris and Nigeria both deserve. This is what civilization looks like. I strolled into the greatest terrorist bloodbath in Paris since the Nazis ran the city.
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Istanbul’s Crime Conundrum

I walk alone through almost every neighborhood of Istanbul, often at night. This is a megacity of at least 12 million people, many of whom are poor and three-quarters of whom are under 35. Income distribution is gravely unequal. I am nonetheless less afraid—much less afraid—that I will be a victim of violent crime here than I am when I walk through London, Paris, or any big American city.
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A Hidden History of Evil

In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps.
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About

Claire Berlinski

I'm an American novelist, freelance journalist, travel writer, biographer, historian, editor and consultant who lives amid a menagerie of adopted stray animals in Paris. I'm the author of There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. I'm also the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's crisis is America's, Too, and two spy novels: Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. I'm a contributing editor of City Journal, a fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a senior fellow for Turkey of the American Foreign Policy Council, and an editor and regular contributor at Ricochet.com.

I'm now working on a book called Brave Old World: Europe Revisited, a sequel to my first book about Europe, which was published ten years ago. This time, my reporting will be entirely funded by my readers: I'd be ever so grateful for your help.

www.gofundme.com/braveoldworld
www.berlinski.com
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Skills

  • Criticism
  • Writing biographies
  • Historical research
  • Travel writing
  • Journalism
  • Writing essays
  • Writing novels