Is Peace In Israel Possible?

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“Israel can either be Jewish or democratic.  It cannot be both,” said Secretary of State John Kerry last month. Elliot Resnick The Daily Caller In fact, it can.  The argument that it cannot is based on the premise that a democratic state must give all residents within its borders the right to vote. But that plainly is… Is Peace In Israel… Read More »

Dismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017


In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy. Stuart Rees On Line Opinion In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete… Dismay over democracy… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

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The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

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After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

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Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. Frances Ryan The Guardian But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s needed When Theresa May set out… Here are six ways to… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

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Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Stop Blaming ‘Xenophobia’ For Voters’ Rejection Of Global Liberalism

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, liberals have begun quaking in their boots over the rise of the xenophobic ‘far right.’ Mitch Hall The Federalist Are these fears really justified? The surprising election of… Stop Blaming ‘Xenophobia’… Read More »

Does Israel Really Have a Corruption Problem?

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JERUSALEM — Imagine I’m describing a country you’ve never heard of: I tell you that every prime minister of this country in the last 20 years has at some point been under criminal investigation. Shmuel Rosner The New York Times Defense ministers were investigated and put on trial for corruption. Other top government officials… Does Israel Really… Read More »

With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint. But a sinner may make a better president

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If a good man like Barack Obama fails to deliver on his promises, is it inevitable that a bad man like Donald Trump will do worse? Simon Jenkins The Guardian Does a good man make a good president – and a bad man a bad one? Barack Obama’s leaving speech in… With Barack Obama’s exit the… Read More »

How The Media Discredited Itself With One Weird Trick

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Russia apparently has the next president of the United States under its thumb, thanks to a treasure trove of compromising material the nation has on our future commander in chief. Scott Greer The Daily Caller That was the narrative dominating the discourse on journalist Twitter Tuesday night after an explosive CNN report dropped on how both Preisdent Barack Obama and Donald Trump were briefed by intelligence officials on… How The Media… Read More »

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in British politics

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Anti-Zionism is deliberately conflated with anti-Semitism to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israeli policies. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera There is no denying that from time to time anti-Semitism raises its ugly head in the UK, as it does in many other countries. What is striking… Anti-Zionism and anti… Read More »

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists

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BAGHDAD — Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. Mustafa Saadoun Al Monitor He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his body Jan. 5, dumped on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. Abdul Qader al-Qaisi was a… How their enemies get… Read More »

How The Other Half Lives: Welfare Torts Vs Travel Rorts

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The Turnbull government is in chaos, and we’re not even halfway through January, writes Ben Eltham. Ben Eltham New Matilda Human Services Minister Alan Tudge finally returned from his summer holidays this week. While he was away… How The Other Half Lives… Read More »

Brace yourself, Europe: Politics is back

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel arrive to write a message in the book of condolence for the family of Former German President Roman Herzog at Bellevue Palacee on January 11, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Former German President Roman Herzog, who served in from 1994 until 1999, died yesterday at the age of 82. (Photo by Jochen Zick - Pool/Getty Images)

As politicians take the gloves off and citizens re-engage with parties, one casualty could be the transatlantic partnership. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Old Europe is witnessing the return of a long-dormant force in its civic discourse — politics. The barrage of Brexit… Brace yourself, Europe… Read More »

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

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Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

Iran after Rafsanjani

Rafsanjani - Al Jazeera

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre. Massoumeh Torfeh Al Jazeera Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran’s religious establishment in an election year. “With the loss of Hashemi,” he… Iran after… Read More »