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Truth Vanquishing Falsehood; Alfred Stevens, 1867-8 USA 

More truth in fiction in Trump’s America

I have been in America to give some talks about the state of the West. Arriving at New York’s JFK airport, I’m at the end of a queue of several hundred people snaking back from the passport hall. Behind me, an enterprising Englishman detects an ambiguity in the instruction to stay in this queue rather than the other one where the number of people is zero. “Shall we give this a try?” he asks me, and we sprint past the hundreds standing patiently in line. I reach the passport official…

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islands Britain Israel USA 

Three islands of exceptionalism in west’s darkest hour

On a plane to New York this week, I watched the movie Darkest Hour for the second time. If it packed a punch the first time, on second showing it seemed even more apposite to our current nail-biting era. The movie is about the traumatic period in May 1940 when, as the Nazis swept across Europe, Britain was staring at the prospect of defeat and invasion. Darkest Hour points out the catastrophic error of trying to negotiate with a regime whose agenda brooks no compromise. Britain didn’t acknowledge this until…

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swamp USA 

Giuliani’s hiring means the end is nigh. But for whom?

The legendary former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, is to join President Trump’s team as a legal adviser. This has thrown people into a tizzy. What does it signify? For anti-Trumpers, it apparently signals that the End is finally Nigh. If President Trump has called in his long-term friend, the arch-fixer Giuliani, it can only mean that panic has now set in over the Mueller investigation and Trump is heading for impeachment. For Trump’s supporters, on the other hand, it signifies that the End is Nigh… but for Special…

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john-bolton USA 

Bolton gets the job – as I requested!*

Last August, I wrote this: There’s an obvious and outstanding candidate for the role of National Security Adviser, and that’s John Bolton. Bolton, formerly US ambassador to the UN, is unrivalled in his hard-headed ability to analyse the threats to America and in the clear-sighted and courageous conclusions that he draws. Why in heaven’s name doesn’t President Trump bring Bolton into his administration? Yesterday, he did just that – and appointed Bolton National Security Adviser. This is great news. As Senator Lindsay Graham remarked: “Selecting John Bolton as national security…

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Putin and Trump USA 

Putin on the blinders

By calling Russia’s President Putin to congratulate him after his un-free and un-fair re-election, President Trump apparently demonstrated yet again that he cannot be trusted to defend the security of the free world against such a threatening tyrant. The media went into meltdown that he had reportedly disregarded his officials’ advice not to offer such congratulations. Huffed Senator John McCain: “An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who…

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trump-netanyahu-israel-museum-2017 Israel USA 

The right is sticking by what they think is right

On his visit this week to Washington, D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably exchanged a wry word or two with President Donald Trump about their similar predicament. Both men are under siege from a legal, political and media establishment determined to lever them out of office. There is another striking similarity concerning their respective electoral base. For despite the maelstrom over their various alleged misdemeanors, those who voted for them don’t seem to care. For sure, Trump’s voters believe that there’s no truth in the charge that Team Trump…

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us-gun-culture USA 

The American right to bear arms

Having been travelling in America over the past couple of weeks, I observed at close quarters the fierce debate that erupted there over firearms in the wake of the massacre at the school in Parkland, Florida where 17 children and adults were killed and 14 others injured when they were gunned down by a mentally ill former student. There have been too many such massacres of the innocent in American schools and other public places. This is the first time I can recall such an anguished debate: the first time…

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trump-netanyahu-israel-museum-2017 Israel USA 

Damned if you do . . . and Trump and Netanyahu are certainly doing

Day in and day out, two men—two crucial world leaders—remain under a constant barrage of verbal attacks. They are subjected to an obsessional, unhinged and unprecedented stream of abuse, distortion, character assassination and malicious fantasies. If you haven’t guessed, they are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald J Trump. The campaign against them signifies a cultural disorder in the West that borders on the pathological. Netanyahu certainly has his faults. One might list arrogance, moral cowardice and his tendency to be a control freak. He doesn’t take…

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jacob_rees-mogg_at_the_cambridge_union_society Britain USA 

Is Jacob Rees-Mogg being Trumped?

Is Jacob Rees-Mogg being turned into the Donald Trump of the Conservative party? Clearly, there could hardly be a greater contrast between the two men in terms of personality, character and demeanour. Rees-Mogg is almost beyond caricature as the very essence of old-fashioned gentlemanly behaviour, self-restraint and thoughtful intellect; Donald Trump is… well, Donald Trump. Just like Trump, however, Rees-Mogg has been transformed very fast from a joke figure on the fringes of politics to a front-runner for the leadership of the Conservative party and to become the next Prime…

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million-man-march-2015 USA 

What that Farrakhan picture tells us about antisemitism

A photograph has suddenly surfaced of president Barack Obama, when he was a senator in 2005, posing smilingly with Louis Farrakhan, the demagogue leader of the black power Nation of Islam. The Israel champion and erstwhile Obama apologist Alan Dershowitz says if he’d previously seen this picture, he would never have campaigned for Obama. Farrakhan is infamous for his anti-Jewish and anti-white bigotry. The photographer who took the picture kept it secret in order not to jeopardize Obama’s political career. What’s amazing is that anyone is amazed by this. The…

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