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The End of Personal Politics?

The End of Personal Politics? Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The one-man party, an odd fixture of Israeli democracy for the past three decades, seems headed to the political margins where its journey began ten elections ago. Few people paid attention to this aspect of the situation in 1984, when a new party called Shas won four Knesset seats and inserted a m

Justice for Alberto Nisman?

Justice for Alberto Nisman? Categories: Iran, Terrorism, United States     Author: David Horovitz

On August 14, 1993, in Mashad, Iran's second-largest city, the Iranian leadership's "Committee for Special Operations" convened to discuss its ongoing problems with Argentina - and specifically the flamboyant President, Carlos Menem. Reorienting Argentina's policy, moving his country closer to

Courting Danger

Courting Danger Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Makovsky

On Dec. 30, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed 20 different international conventions, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The name of the statute refers to the 1998 conference that established the treaty-based court, which began operations in

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France's Moment of Truth

France's Moment of Truth Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Michel Gurfinkiel

The jihadist killing spree in Paris in early January has been described as "France's 9/11" by Le Monde, the French liberal daily newspaper. Indeed, just like the American 9/11 fourteen years ago, it was a moment of truth: for France as a nation, for the French political class and - last, but certain

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

So there is a new issue of Charlie Hebdo, and the cover cartoon, by Luz, is a masterpiece. On a field of green, a white-turbaned and robed Prophet Muhammad, bug-eyed with horror, a giant tear falling on his cheek, holds a placard saying, "Je suis Charlie," which is the same slogan that dominated the

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Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C

Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C Categories: Australasia, Europe, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

ON January 7 there was an attack on free speech in Paris by murderous terrorists inspired by a jihadist ideology, not French laws on hate speech. Despite this truth, the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the horrific murders of 17 people have led some commentators in Australia to rehash the debate on sec

Charlie Hebdo, French laws against hate speech, and 18C

Charlie Hebdo, French laws against hate speech, and 18C Categories: Europe, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Paris shootings saw millions march in the streets defending freedom including freedom of speech. However, in Australia the debate appears to have been hijacked by some who argue that in Australia, one cannot say "Je suis Charlie" in defence of freedom of speech while supporting section 18C of th

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