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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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How the French Mourn

When countries refuse to look clearly at the past, they are like neurotics controlled by compulsions they cannot understand. On March 23, an ISIS-affiliated terrorist stormed a supermarket in the small French town of Trèbes, shot two people dead, and took others hostage as human shields. After security forces had negotiated the release of all but one of his captives, a senior gendarme, Arnaud Beltrame, volunteered to take her place.
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Trump, une tragédie américaine

Début septembre, on a pu voir dans le Forum du commandant en chef, une émission de la chaîne NBC, un spectacle étrange. Et quand on lui a demandé comment il comptait s’y prendre, Trump a répondu qu’il fallait « laisser quelques groupes s’emparer du secteur… vous savez, avant ça s’appelait la paix des vainqueurs.
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The Architectural Sacking of Paris

In 2014, Anne Hidalgo, protégée of Paris’s socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoë, ran for his office, giving rise to her nickname, La Dauphine—“the heiress.”. Her conservative rival, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, became known as “the harpist,” after an unfortunate photo shoot in Paris Match, in which she posed gravid on a forest floor, like a woodland nymph, next to a harp twice her size.
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The Warlock Hunt

The #MeToo moment has now morphed into a moral panic that poses as much danger to women as it does to men. #Metoo, of course. Women are not going nuts for no reason. We’re fed up with feeling prickles down our spine as we walk alone on dimly lit streets. Fed up with thinking, “If he feels entitled to send me that message, what might he feel entitled to do to if he knew where I lived?”.
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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.

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