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Neil Berry

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The Muslim mayor of London

Sadiq Khan’s election as mayor of London has made him not just the first Muslim mayor of a European Union capital but of any western capital. For Khan and his supporters the victory was all the more to be savored because he polled 1.1 million votes.

May 14, 2016

Fighting the bogey of anti-Semitism

Thanks in no small measure to the former mayor of London and sometime Labour MP, Ken Livingstone, the British Labour Party is embroiled in a venomous controversy over anti-Semitism.

May 05, 2016

On the playing fields of Eton

The outgoing mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is incensed that US President Barack Obama has advised British people to vote to “remain” in the referendum on UK membership of the European Union on June 23.

April 27, 2016

Muslims, money and UK elections

The hardening of European attitudes toward Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the attacks in Paris and Brussels is assuming a far grimmer aspect than it is comfortable for liberal opinion to acknowledge.

April 13, 2016

An honorable past, imponderable future

On March 26 the Independent newspaper appeared on newsstands for the last time. The title survives in online form but its demise as a hard copy publication signals the end of a noble venture in British journalism.

March 31, 2016

Obama and the Brexit crisis

US President Barack Obama has stung UK Prime Minister David Cameron with his verdict that Cameron culpably failed to oversee Libya’s transition to democracy after he and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched military action on behalf of Libyan rebels in 2011.

March 21, 2016

Balfour and Zionist mythology

A rumor is circulating that the British government plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

March 05, 2016

The catastrophe of unipolarity

At a time of great geopolitical turmoil, it is tempting to feel nostalgia for the Cold War — the long period following World War II when the United States and the Soviet Union held guns to one another’s heads.

February 21, 2016

‘Brexit’ and the destiny of Europe

The upshot of the November 2016 US presidential election matters to the whole world but the looming UK referendum on British membership of the European Union is also an event with international significance.

February 08, 2016

It is time to learn from our mistakes

The former British Ambassador to the United Nations, Sir. Jeremy Greenstock, fears that the UK is a fading power.

January 28, 2016