April 18, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org On Monday, April 15th, a massive fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris engulfed the church, destroying large parts of this more than 850-year-old icon of French history and Christianity. The tragedy’s poignancy is only increased because of its timing - it happened between Palm … Continue reading The Cathedral of Notre Dame: Fire, Disrespect and Symbolism that’s Just a Little too Obvious
There are places that bear witness to the actions of mankind and the complicated stories in which we all live. Hiroshima, Japan and the Atomic Dome is one of those places...
March 22, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org A lot of people have asked me about my thoughts regarding the Christchurch Mosque Massacre of March 15th. I have a lot of thoughts. Even more questions. And I shared a few predictions with Global Next's students regarding what I thought would be the aftermath of this event. … Continue reading Christchurch Mosque Massacre: Tragedy, Blame and the Death of Free Speech
This is a revised version of my original article. Why? Because the original article sent the Kurdish government into a panic because I revealed classified and sensitive information. Read the new version to find out the absurd interaction between a simple journalist like me and the loose lips of Kurdish government officials. Ridiculous.
March 10, 2019
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Perhaps you noticed that this particular article suddenly disappeared after being published. If you were someone who was able to read the original, I am happy for that. If not – let me explain.
I have spent the last week dealing with Kurdish government officials who have been nagging me, begging me and harassing me to delete the original article? I’ve been promised other access and other information from high-level government officials on my next visit – but we’ll see. Why all the panic on their side?(And trust me – it was panic – I am tempted to publicly release their emails to me.) Because apparently, the information that I wrote about was extremely accurate, but highly classified and sensitive.
Now I have a couple of questions:
1.) If you are a Kurdish government official and possess classified information…
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March 10, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Perhaps you noticed that this particular article suddenly disappeared after being published. If you were someone who was able to read the original, I am happy for that. If not - let me explain. I have spent the last week dealing with Kurdish government officials who have … Continue reading The Comeback of ISIS: Will Your Favorite Jihadist Group Return?
January 27, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Today is my last day in Jerusalem - I’ve been here since December 31st - so I’ve seen one year pass into another here in the world’s holiest and most contentious city. It’s been said that when people spend too much time in Jerusalem, they start going crazy … Continue reading Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. December 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Last Wednesday, President Trump announced that we are bringing our troops home from Syria and about half of our troops home from Afghanistan. Politicians, military experts and the media have all reacted like the world is coming to an end. Even all those politicians and media pundits … Continue reading Goodbye Syria and Afghanistan: Good? Bad? Or Prophetic?
As 2018 winds down, here are two more global issues that matter - Growing nationalism in Europe and the draconian Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan - most recently in the case of Asia Bibi. It's your world: Be informed.
December 10, 2018 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org I’ve been busy with Global Next’s international conferences, domestic speaking engagements and some in-person research in North Africa. So now it seems like it’s time to take an overview on some of the stories that have littered the landscape in November and December as we rush headlong … Continue reading Global Roundup: December 2018 – Part 1: Paris and Libya
October 28, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org For weeks now - since October 12th - groups of migrants have been traveling from Honduras, through Guatemala and then into Mexico. Their final destination? The good ‘ol U.S.A. At first, the group was composed of about 5000 people, but their ranks have increased to a reported 14,000 … Continue reading When a Caravan Becomes an Invasion