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The Day Jews Learned That Centuries of Exile Would Soon Be Ended

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:28:46 EST

Quite a banquet will take place Thursday evening at London to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. That's the letter in which Britain announced its support for the establishment in Palestine of what became the state of Israel.The letter was sent a century ago to a leader of British Jewry, Lord Rothschild, from Britain's foreign minister, Lord Balfour. The nub: "His Majesty's Government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."Its...



How the Balfour Declaration Has Emerged at the Crux Of the War Against Israel

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:54:05 EST

One hundred years ago on November 2, 1917 the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, issued a letter to the British Jewish leader, Lord Walter Rothschild, pledging British support for "a national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration was a milestone in the Zionist effort to re-create the Jewish home in the land where, nearly two millennia earlier, it had existed for centuries.By 1922, the Balfour Declaration had become an established part of international law...



As Tories Meet in Britain Boris Johnson Is Emerging As Brexit's Biggest Booster

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:01:47 EST

Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. And Boris Johnson. That's what's on as Britain's Conservative Party meets this week at Manchester, England. Poor Theresa May, prime minister and leader of the rancorous Tories. She is persona non grata for many delegates, although most are too polite to say so. Once enjoying the respect, if not the love, of the party whose lead she assumed when David Cameron resigned office to let others oversee the United Kingdom leave the European Union, Mrs. May is now reviled as the...



Germany Gains Its Moment In Merkel's Fourth Term, As Social Democrats Dwindle

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:38:57 EST

Germany's election may have moved the country a step closer to assuming its full status as the greatest power in Europe, and the greatest in the world after the United States and China. It has long been a truism that Germany was late unified (1871, the latest of all the G-7 countries, even newer than Canada), had great difficulty determining whether it was mainly an eastern- or western-facing country, and, every time it set out to reinforce its own security, it infringed the security of its...



Trump Will Call Kim's Bluff Or World Will End Up With 30 A-Bomb States

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:55:29 EST

This week I have been having a lively discussion with my distinguished friend of many years John Polanyi, winner of a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1986, one of Canada's most respected and sociable academics, and a frequent commentator on arms control and nuclear proliferation issues, about current scenarios with North Korea. This arose when I was invited to give a brief talk to a small dinner group where John and I are both members, that meets from time to time at one of the colleges of the...



Will Trump's Hand Tremble? Logic of Military Action Grows in North Korea

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:49 EST

It is becoming difficult to believe that the ever-more-silly entertainment world, an echo chamber of escalating primal imbecilic utterances in a hall of mirrors, festers in the same country that, as its president correctly told the United Nations on Tuesday morning, now has more people working than ever before and the highest market capitalization of its industries of all time, is striving toward increasing prosperity, and is the only force in the world trying to keep hydrogen bombs out of the...



Helping North Koreans Escape Could Be Win-Win Strategy Against Communist Regime

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:31:39 EST

Contrary to what one often hears, there's a relatively easy solution available to the North Korean nuclear missile problem. It just requires some flexibility from the Trump administration and Washington Republicans when it comes to their resistance to immigration.None of the other options being discussed in the press is particularly attractive. A Wall Street Journal editorial proposes starving the North Korean regime into submission, conceding that "Withholding food aid to bring down a...



Anguish Among Brexiteers Starts to Grow Palpable Amid Tory Handwringing

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:52:12 EST

Anguish among the Brexiteers is palpable in these long days of summer, even to your diarist on the far shores of Nova Scotia. Proponents of Britain's exit from the European Union must suffer not only the daily insults of Remainers and other Europhiles, plus the hostile press, but dissension in the ranks of Britain's own cabinet ministers, most the chancellor, Philip Hammond.In an interview with the French daily Le Monde, Mr. Hammond said that he "would expect us to remain a country with a...



A Post-Brexit Surprise Suggests EU Is Blocking Aspirations of Its Members

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 10:03:51 EST

It looks like it's going to take a keen eye to handicap the negotiations that are taking place between Britain and Europe in respect of Brexit. Particularly because the early maneuvers may give the false impression that the Brits have been back-footed by wily Brussels bureaucrats.Not so, is my prediction from the rocky outcrop of Nova Scotia, whence we watch Brexit. While each eyes its counterpart warily, testing for strengths and weaknesses in opposing strategies, the Europeans outside the...



Nolan's Movie of Dunkirk Strips Historical Drama From Britain's Great Rescue

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:18:43 EST

In the newly released film, "Dunkirk," desperately courageous actions in mortal combat are vividly portrayed, but the enemy is not identified. The swastika appears from time to time as an emblem, but given the prevailing general state of historical ignorance, it should not be assumed that the average millennial would be successful in connecting that emblem to the right nationality and ideology.Unfortunately, there are now huge numbers of people below the age of 40 in the Western world who would...



U.S. Democracy Flounders, Beset By Its Own Press And the Disgrace of Congress

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:12:28 EST

Returning after nearly three weeks in Europe, I am astonished by the prevailing political currents in the countries historically closest to Canada. In the United Kingdom, the government went for an increased majority against an absurd opposition leader who admires Irish and some Islamic terrorists and whose political heroes are Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. As readers know, the result was a loss of the majority and the reconstitution of the government with the support of the Democratic Unionist...



France's Brexit Strategy Could Yet Be Called War By Other Means

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:19:24 EST

No wonder President Macron rushed to get President Trump over to Paris. He's maneuvering madly against Britain in the face of Brexit a strategy that is finally out in the open with the publication in London of a leaked City of London memo shared with Brexit ministers early this month."France," it warns, "sees Britain and the City of London as adversaries, not partners." The Corporation's special representative to the European Union, Jeremy Browne, writes of the intentions of both Paris...



With Energy Prices Falling, Trump Has Russia's Putin Over the Proverbial Barrel

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:20:10 EST

A few years back, in one of his finest moments, Senator McCain said on a Sunday talk show that "Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country." It was right when he said it, and it's even more right today.Vladimir Putin's circle of corrupt oligarchs gouge whatever money they can from the impoverished Russian economy and move it to bank accounts overseas. They do this after giving President Putin his cut, after which he apparently also sends the money overseas.Many say Mr. Putin is the...



Canadians, Loath To Boast, Prepare To Celebrate A Glorious Sesquicentenary

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:19:11 EST

The countries that are today the G-7 leading democratic economic powers all underwent radical political changes between 1865 and 1871. The United States abolished slavery and suppressed the southern insurrection, at a cost of a terrible war that left 750,000 people dead in a population of 31 million, and five states smashed to rubble. Eighty-four years after Washington took Yorktown, the United States emerged from the Civil War one of the greatest powers in the world, along with Great Britain...



Elizabeth Makes It Official: The Queen Backs Brexit And Era of Independence

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:48:15 EST

"My government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union." With these words Queen Elizabeth today officially opened the 57th Parliament. With the first session scheduled to last two years, it should give the Conservative government sufficient time to concentrate on exiting the European Union by March 2019. So the British ship of state has cleared its decks for Brexit.As if to emphasize the seriousness of the moment, the State Opening lacked the pomp...



Independence Gets a Lift From Britain's Monarchy As the Brexit Talks Begin

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:12:05 EST

"The world is your oyster." So opined Britain's former trade envoy, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Asked about UK firms' attitude toward Brexit, the Duke spoke of their guarded optimism. "You can either look at it as a glass half-empty which is: 'Oh my God, why have we done this?' Or you could look at it as a glass half-full, which is: 'Okay, that's where we are. There are opportunities that we've got to make.' So . . . you may lose one thing but you may gain something else."Fleet Street is...



With the Tories in Disarray Editor George Osborne Starts Feeling His Oats

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:09:47 EST

The editor of London's Evening Standard is feeling his oats. George Osborne was Chancellor of the Exchequer until last June's Brexit referendum, when prime minister David Cameron left office after his support for the "Remain" campaign. When Theresa May acceded to the leadership, Mr. Osborne felt the bristles of the new broom.Mr. Osborne landed the Standard editorship last month, and promptly started using his new perch to cast aspersions upon the Conservative Government of which he had once...



Britain Appears To Be Ripe For Collective Government By 'Ministry of All Talents'

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:28:03 EST

Though Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is one of the few major figures in British politics publically calling for Theresa May to stand down from her premiership, the sentiment is rampant in Conservative constituencies and Establishment enclaves across Great Britain. The Prime Minister's electoral gamble of trying to backfoot Mr. Corbyn's troubled tenure, and increase her parliamentary majority, failed spectacularly.To remain in power as leader of a minority party, Mrs. May must seek an agreement of...



Tories' Muddled Approach To British Independence Costs UK Its Compass

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:00:31 EST

Not for the first time, Britons go to the polls with the European Union the unseen ballot question.In 2013 David Cameron promised fractious Conservative members of parliament, chaffing under a coalition government, that a referendum on remaining within the European Union would be put before the people. Then it was the Brexit vote itself, with a majority of Britons voting for independence.Now, with a general election tomorrow, the question revolves around who will steer negotiations: Theresa...



Improbable Bedfellows Are Suddenly Emerging Onto the World Stage

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 22:03:30 EST

The American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change came as the bunk about impeachment and collusion of the Trump campaign with the Kremlin dies down, and on a day when the United States moved to all-time stock market highs as measured by Dow-Jones, NASDAQ, and S&P, and the Commerce Department posted stunning 3.8% annual economic growth figures.In the same week, the British election suddenly went wobbly, Canada elected a new federal opposition leader, and curiosity about...