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FBR9J1 November 21, 2015, Washington, DC USA: Environmental activists protest in front of the White House Instant Articles Israel 

A blow for science, sovereignty and sanity

President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate accord has been received with predictable hysteria. Nothing could better illustrate the parlous state of western society than this irrational, ignorant and ideological reaction. Trump is being accused of being anti-science. On the contrary: it’s the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) scam that’s anti-science. Here are some elementary facts. Observable fluctuations in global temperature are within the normal historic pattern of atmospheric variation. The world has always warmed and cooled; the climate changes continually and, at times, quite…

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Trump reframes the Middle East war zone

President Donald Trump’s Middle East trip was quite an achievement. He has surely alarmed America’s foes. In societies highly sensitive to signals and symbolism, the trip has left them in no doubt that the sordid chapter of America cozying up to its enemies while dumping on its allies is now over. Trump has reframed the Middle East war zone. The enemy to be defeated is Iran, the captured hostage is Saudi Arabia, and the goal is to make the world safe from both Sunni and Shia Islamic terrorism. Palestinians, he…

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Trump joins up the dots

Now it becomes clear why President Trump selected as the destinations of his current tour Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome. He is re-setting the foreign policy debate around the factor which is both fundamental and at the same time systematically ignored. He is reframing it as a conflict over religion. Not that he is describing it in Samuel Huntington’s terms as a war between civilisations. He reportedly told his son-in-law and key strategist Jared Kushner to construct a tour around the theme of reconciliation and world peace. Nevertheless, he’s doing something…

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Patriots won’t put up with abuse of US laws

Despite — or perhaps because of — the constant uproar over the doings and sayings of President Trump, those who voted for him remain his passionate partisans. Those against illegal immigration are derided as rednecks and racist bigots. Yet what is enraging them is simply the widespread institutionalisation of illegality and violence. They are trying to promote instead adherence to the constitution, the rule of law and democracy itself. And they believe that the Democrats, the media and even some Republicans who either ignore or tacitly condone such lawlessness and…

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Change the narrative, Mr President

Recent stories about President Trump’s initiatives in the Middle East have been causing consternation among Israel supporters. First the World Jewish Congress president, Ron Lauder, reportedly told a group of Israeli politicians that the president was confident he could persuade the Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to make concessions that would renew the peace process. The only concession that matters, though, is to abandon the Palestinian goal of destroying Israel. That one wouldn’t currently seem to be on the cards. The next day, Prime Minister Netanyahu was reported to be…

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Melanie at Berkeley

This week I spoke on the Berkeley campus. A transcript of my remarks follows below the video. I’m on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, where conservative speakers are being systematically censored by violent protests designed to prevent them from speaking. I am on Sproul plaza in the centre of the campus, where free speech was supposedly enshrined back in the sixties but where it is now appallingly being suppressed. This is the campus where conservative views are called fascism and shouted down. As you can see…

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Not a deal but a surrender

According to this account of a story in the Arab newspaper Al Quds, the Trump administration intends to offer a deal to the Palestinian delegation which is due to arrive imminently in Washington. Stop paying salaries to the families of terrorist prisoners and those terrorists killed in their attacks on Israel, the Americans will say, and in return President Trump will shelve his proposal to move the US Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Oh dear. If this is true, the sting of this apparent proposal is not just…

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