miracle-cure-banner USA 

Oprah for president is a preposterous idea

US President Oprah Winfrey. Well, why not? The days when we might have laughed at such a ridiculous idea are long gone. Now we have in the White House a TV star with zero previous experience of politics or diplomacy. So why not have another one? …it mistakes the reason Trump was elected. Whatever you may think of the flaws in his personality and temperament, his voters were motivated by the concerns he promised to address: the need to uphold the constitution after its erosion by the Obama administration, to…

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city-of-david Israel 

Abbas tears off the mask

For years, America, Britain and the EU have insisted that Mahmoud Abbas is a moderate and a statesman-in-waiting who deserves to be rewarded with a state of Palestine. For years, they have insisted that he is prepared to live alongside the state of Israel. For years, they have blamed Israel for intransigence in not believing this and thus not agreeing to give him land that they thought he would use to threaten the lives of its citizens. For years some of us have argued that Abbas should be considered instead…

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fancy_raw_mixed_nuts_macro USA 

The real Trump derangement

Michael Wolff’s now famous book quotes people who suggest that President Donald Trump is, among other things, nuts. His accusers, of course, exhibit only the most consistent rationality, sense of proportion and solid connection to reality. Er, right. Consider. Trump allegedly called Haiti and El Salvador, along with other African nations, “sh*tholes” and asked why so many of their citizens had ever been permitted to enter America. Cue uproar in which Trump’s remarks were denounced as racist by the UN, the African Union and of course the massed ranks of…

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Liberty Leading the People;Eugene Delacroix, 1830 Culture wars 

Idiocy and intimidation in Britain’s culture war

The culture war now openly raging in Britain continues to plumb ever deeper levels of idiocy and intimidation. The BBC was convulsed last week when Carrie Gracie, its China Editor, resigned over her claim that she was not being paid the same as other BBC foreign affairs editors who happened to be men. Her protest was on behalf of all BBC women employees who weren’t being paid the same as men doing the same jobs. An admirable resignation, then, on a point of principle? Well, not exactly. For she hadn’t…

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golden-globe-awards-signs USA 

Hollywood protest was another vanity parade

Never mind the movies: the theatricality and demand for applause at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles at the weekend took place on the red carpet. Actors wore black outfits to signal their solidarity with victims of the sexual harassment scandals that have consumed Hollywood. It’s hard to recall a more egregious display of vanity signalling than the black dress protest. It was “please snap me while I pose in my conscience”. MeToo! MeToo! Shortly before the awards there was a crisis. Forget Iran, Syria or North Korea. So…

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Map pf Hell; Sandro Botticelli, 1480-1490 Videos 

Our crazy world: fire, fury and UNRWA

Please join me here as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network the fire and fury around President Trump, America’s attempt to draw the poison of UNRWA, and the extraordinary fact that Israel helps keep the Arabs of Gaza alive in response to which the Arabs of Gaza keep trying to murder them.

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amsterdam-jewish-restaurant-attacked Europe 

Anti-Jewish violence in Amsterdam

A Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam has been repeatedly attacked by Muslim Arabs. Christians United for Israel (CUFI) reports: “Last month, many were stunned to see the video of Syrian asylum seeker Saleh Ali carrying out his attack on the Jewish restaurant. Two police officers were present as Ali smashed the windows of the store, entered the shop and took an Israeli flag. The officers wrestled him to the ground and arrested him after he exited the store moments later. “While the incident itself was alarming, what may have shocked the…

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the-guardian Britain 

Peter Preston

Peter Preston, who was my editor at the Guardian when I worked there, has died at the age of 79. The Guardian is running tributes to him from former colleagues to which I have contributed this: Peter was a complex, difficult character who hid behind a wall of elliptical utterances and deniable obfuscation. Presiding over the temple of media liberalism, he himself was no ideologue. When I worked as the paper’s social policy editorial writer, there were occasions when he approved the argument I was making even though it was…

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Die sogenannten "Hep-Hep-Krawalle" in Frankfurt am Main, Antisemitische Ausschreitungen in Deutschland 1819; Radierung, zeitgenössischOriginal: Frankfurt am Main, Historisches MuseumStandort bitte unbedingt angeben!; Britain 

Time to shame those who spread prejudice

University antisemitism is a serious and growing problem. Jewish students increasingly say they fear being on campus because of anti-Jewish vilification or harassment. Last year, an NUS study found more than a quarter of them had been subjected to personal abuse on social media or other channels. The universities minister, Jo Johnson, made an important speech last week at Limmud, the acclaimed Jewish learnathon. While the universities had to defend free speech better than they were doing, he said, there could be no place on campus for antisemitism. A welcome…

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snowstorm Culture wars 

Colder is warmer. But of course

You know how anthropogenic global warming proponents have said for the past quarter of a century that higher carbon dioxide levels mean the atmosphere is catastrophically heating up and the planet is going to fry? You know how some AGW proponents predicted that “snow is starting disappear from our lives”? You know how “inconvenient truther” Al Gore said back in 2009 that snow and ice were melting much faster than anticipated? Well, now warmists are claiming the the extreme cold and heavy snowfall on the US east coast are being…

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