Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a freelance writer based in Boston. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Listverse, Metal Injection, and others. He currently blogs at

Hagia Sophia

It’s Time to Check Neo-Ottomanism

While the United States and China are locked in a new cold war that looks destined to shape the course of international politics for years to come, another, more regional power has become increasingly belligerent. Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking to regain its ...

Valle de los Caídos

Don’t Touch the Valley

On Sunday, hundreds of Spaniards descended on the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos), a Catholic basilica and monument near the capital Madrid. The left-wing newspaper El País characterized these protesters, who shouted slogans like “Long live Spain!” and “Don’t touch the ...


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