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Germany requires philosophical debate amid promise to rearm

  • The impact of the Ukraine war will be vast. It is too early to tell the extent or direction of the resulting change but, Ukraine aside, one country has already taken major steps that could change the face of European and even global politics. Germany has never fully recovered from the world wa...
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Israel’s Jerusalem plans boost settlers at Christians’ expense

  • Messing around with the delicate relationships that hold together the varying ethnic and religious communities in Jerusalem is playing with dynamite. Even a basic understanding of history should ward off all but the foolhardy and the reckless. Israeli leaders consistently tempt fate. They did ...
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Mixed messages of Europe’s Ukrainian refugee response

  • Many people will have seen the video of a pianist playing “What a Wonderful World” outside Lviv train station against the backdrop of thousands of refugees, tired and freezing, fleeing the war in Ukraine. As ever, each one has their own powerful story. Few know what the future holds for them, t...
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Racism and hypocrisy of the ‘civilized’ reaction to war

  • With each passing day, international support for Ukrainians grows. Landmarks across the world are lit up with the country’s yellow and blue, and many rightly praise the bravery of Ukrainians holding out against numerically superior forces.  This is all a heart-warming reaction to aggress...
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Will the West’s new-found unity and decisiveness last?

  • Once again, Ukraine finds itself invaded. This flat, fertile land has proved so tempting to invaders over the centuries, as anyone with even a sketchy knowledge of its history will understand. Russia, Germany, Poland and others have in the past fought over it and divided it. That sense of Ukrai...
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No easy answers when it comes to helping the Syrian people

  • The Syrian conflict continues apace away from the headlines. The bombing of Idlib is intensifying and tensions remain high, not least because of the country’s massive economic meltdown. The political and diplomatic processes have zero momentum, stuck in the mire of international complacency. A...
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Lifting COVID-19 restrictions is a calculated roll of the dice

  • Any snapshot of the global response to COVID-19 would be characterized by vastly differing approaches and regrettably a lack of united purpose. Too often governments adopted their own approach governed by immediate self-interest. Yet more than two years into the pandemic, after endless restric...
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Daesh threat cannot be eliminated by focusing on individuals

  • That so few people even knew the name Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi was one of the most extraordinary features of the killing of Daesh’s second leader in the last three years. Reports announcing his death last week — he blew himself up during a US special operations mission in northwest Syr...
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Expose of Israeli apartheid systems that cannot be dismissed as antisemitic smear

  • Even before the 280-page report was published, the screams of fury, the smears and the lies deluged the online world. It was the overblown outrage at a report from Amnesty International that adds the global human rights organization to a lengthening list of those who have determined that Israel...
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Johnson’s protracted leadership crisis harming the UK

  • When a “defense” to accusations of another lockdown-breaking party is that you were “ambushed with a cake,” comedians and satirists need to start looking for alternative employment. Yes, this was the much-lampooned line offered up by a close parliamentary friend of UK Prime Minister Boris John...
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