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Berlin Arson Suspect Burned Luxury Cars 'To Punish People Who Were Better Off'

So far this year, some 550 cars have been torched in Berlin. Police suspect left-wing political extremists for some of the attacks. But about 100 of the damaged cars may have been set off by a single down-and-out (and envious) man, who authorities call An

A torched luxury car in Berlin, Germany (2009)
A torched luxury car in Berlin, Germany (2009)


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BERLIN -- The first time André H., 27, torched a car in Berlin was on June 7, 2011 at around 3 a.m. His modus operandi remained the same over the next two months – targeting the expensive Audi, Mercedes, and BMW brands that he himself, an occasional worker, could not afford.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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