M.G. Oprea
M.G. Oprea
M.G. Oprea
M. G. Oprea is a writer based in Austin, Texas. She holds a PhD in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Despite Far-Right Loss In Netherlands, Nationalism Isn’t Going Anywhere

The rise of Geert Wilders and his party, despite their election-day loss, shows how influential populism has become in Europe. As a political force, populism is here to stay.

Thought The U.S. Elections Were Crazy? Wait ‘Til You Get A Look At France’s

If you think Americans had a rough election year, take a look at what’s been going on in France, which holds the first round of its presidential election next month.

ISIS Is Retreating In Syria And Iraq, But It’s Nowhere Near Over

As ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq, there is increasing concern that militants will flee to nearby countries and terror cells to regroup.

Jadis’s Pidgin English In ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Laughably Unrealistic

‘The Walking Dead’ envisions societal breakdown after a global cataclysmic event. For the most part, its scenarios ring true. But not this time.

Trump’s Team Does Global Damage Control For Their Bombastic Chief

Trump’s drive-by policymaking could be a huge distraction for his top foreign policy surrogates—and more importantly, sow chaos across the globe.

Trump Won’t Do What Is Necessary To Defeat ISIS Because That Would Be War

Defeating ISIS would most likely necessitate a holistic, long-term approach in Iraq along the lines of the 2007 surge. But this would cost the president significant political capital.

Most Americans Support Trump’s Immigration Order, And They’re Not All Racists

As Trump considers fighting the courts or drafting another executive order, it’s important to remember many Americans view things very differently from the so-called mainstream.

Why It’s Wrong To Compare Terrorist Attacks To Generic Gun Violence

Being unsure about what’s going to happen and knowing we’re helpless to prevent it increases how afraid we are.

How To Tell The Difference Between Populism And Fascism

Piers Brendon’s book, “The Dark Valley,’ offers valuable lessons about the rise of fascism in the 1930s for the present populist moment—provided we have the maturity to resist comparing Trump to Hitler.

While U.S. Leaders Fiddle, Russia Makes Strategic Moves In Libya

Russia’s increased involvement in Libya is another sign that President Vladimir Putin seeks a resurgent Russia that holds sway with allies throughout the Middle East.

Former Charlie Hebdo Writer Says She Quit Because The Terrorists Won

Journalist Zineb El Rhazoui used the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack to speak out for the first time about why she decided to leave the publication last fall.

Thanks To Obama’s Presidency, ISIS Is Alive And Well

The Islamic State has become the most prominent terrorist organization in the world—and Obama’s ‘lead from behind’ tactics have made things worse.

How Political Correctness About Islam Made Britain Vulnerable To Chemical Terrorism

Ben Wallace’s call for public vigilance is both ironic and impossible given a pervasive culture in Britain that demands absolute tolerance for all things Muslim.

For Me, Obamacare Means Paying All Your Own Bills And Never Getting The Doctor You Need

I’m paying for an insurance plan that doesn’t cover the doctors I need to see—and I end up paying for most costs out of pocket anyway. And there’s no way out.

2016’s Top 10 Foreign Policy Events That Will Hit Team Trump In 2017

As we close out the year and prepare for the incoming Trump administration, here are the top ten foreign policy developments of 2016 that will set the scene for 2017.

Since Berlin’s Terrorist Is At Large, Will We Finally Start To Believe The Islamic Connection?

Maybe with the Berlin attacker still alive, he can help convince the West that his was an act motivated by religious and political zealotry—not insanity, poverty, or a poor education.

Obama Attempts To Spin Iran Deal’s Obvious Failure As Trump’s Fault

Iran’s leaders are aware that once Donald Trump is in office, the Iran deal is most likely going to be altered or dismantled. So why not thumb their noses at the United States?

The Syrian Crisis Again Illustrates Why The United Nations Is Such A Failure

The United Nations operates on a failed theory of diplomacy that gives your opponent the benefit of the doubt that he wants the same thing as you. Another word for it is naïveté.

Nationalism Stays Strong In Europe Despite Split Results In Italy And Austria

Poll results Sunday express Europe’s split personality. Much like in the United States, there is an increasing sense that there are two Europes.

How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam

If appointed defense secretary, ret. Gen. James Mattis could help overcome the political correctness that prevents us from discussing Islamism.