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Why is Israel going to pot?

A bill going through Israel’s Knesset, sponsored by two MKs, would decriminalize the personal use of cannabis. A report last month on Israeli TV said that under these changes, cannabis use would be permitted for those aged 21 and over, not including workers in security-related jobs; designated shops would sell the drug; driving under its influence would be forbidden; it would be regulated similarly to cigarettes; and there would be an educational fund to explain its dangers. This is all shockingly wrong-headed, ignorant and deeply irresponsible. Yet it is but…

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It takes more than ideas to make an extremist

There’s still much we don’t know about Saturday’s stabbings in Reading which left three dead and others injured. The suspect, Khairi Saadallah, was arrested on suspicion of murder and then re-arrested under the Terrorism Act. Over the past three years, the security service has uncovered and broken up 25 terrorist plots. But after the Reading atrocity, officials were quick to point out that the scale of Britain’s terrorism threat means that such apparent “lone wolf” attacks are very hard to prevent. But there’s another reason why the authorities are finding…

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