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El País - Spain | 28/06/2015

For Moisés Naím the Islamist terror is not a clash of civilisations

Those who felt reminded of Samuel Huntington's thesis of a clash of Western and Muslim civilisations after the terrorist attacks in Tunisia and France on Friday are forgetting the facts, Moisés Naím, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, comments in the centre-left daily El País: "The images on the news, the official rhetoric and strident debates on the radio and Internet lead one to believe that the most bloody conflict of the 21st century is between radical Muslims and infidels. But this is not the case. The statistics show that this is a false interpretation and that the Islamist terrorists have killed more followers of their own religion than anyone else. The fight between the Shiites and the Sunnis continues to claim victims, most of them Muslims. On the other hand it is also untrue that most of the attacks in the US are carried out by radical Muslims. It is US racists - many of them members of the White Supremacy movement - who are responsible for most of the victims of terrorist attacks in the US."

El País - Spain | 05/11/2011

Moisés Naím recommends Latin America as model for Europe

Europe can learn much from how the Latin American countries overcame their economic crises, writes Venezuela's former minister of trade and industry Moisés Naím in the left-liberal daily El País: "Between 1980 and 2003 Latin America went through 38 economic crises. The region, the politicians and the public have all learned much from this painful experience. The most important lesson could be summed up as the 'force of the package'. The 'package' is a combination of economic measures implemented over time in a comprehensive, coherent, trustworthy and politically sustainable way. ... Unfortunately the temptation to avoid these comprehensive and coherent measures is just as great as their beneficial impact. The most common mistake in Latin America was to meet the crisis with half-hearted and insufficient means, in the belief that unpopular measures could be put off indefinitely. And that's how things have unfolded in Europe as well. ... Hopefully Europe can overcome this crisis just as the new Latin America learned to do. In this sense the Latin Americanisation of Europe is a well-intentioned wish."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 15/05/2011

Moisés Naím on the fear of Syria's weapons arsenal

The demonstrations and unrest in Syria continue undiminished. At least seven people were shot by the regime's security forces at the weekend. But unlike in Libya, fear is preventing the West from intervening here, author Moisés Naím concludes in the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: "Why are the US and Europe bombing Tripoli with missiles but Damascus only with words? ... Because Syria is stronger than Libya militarily. The Syrian military is among the best equipped in the Middle East. The country possesses chemical and biological weapons. Its paramilitary forces are among the thirteen strongest in the world. ... Then there's the exhaustion factor. Libya has quenched the little thirst the US had left for fighting wars that don't affect its own vital interests. The Syrian dissidents are paying the price for the US's long and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the intervention in Libya. Washington's military support for distant regions will be more limited and selective from now on. Without the US, however, Europe doesn't exist when it comes to waging wars. So the Syrian dissidents are basically on their own."

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