Whatever happened to neoconservatism?

Whatever happened to neoconservatism?

In yesterday’s Observer Nick Cohen made an admirably un-crowd-pleasing call for intervention in Syria, citing my colleague Michael Weiss’s proposal for helping opposition forces in that country. He wrote: Intervention to stop a regional war carries vast risks. But we should be honest about the consequences of acquiescing to Assad. A failed state and nest for terrorism will sit on the edge of the Mediterranean. Foreign mercenaries and Alawite paramilitaries will continue to massacre a largely defenceless population and the… Read on

The Totalitarianism of technology

The Totalitarianism of technology

From The Kernel Does technology ultimately militate against democracy? Ed West looks beyond the Arab Spring to ask if democratic representation was fundamentally a product of the industrial era. Is it becoming obsolete as new technology makes large swathes of the population economically irrelevant? Democracy is in retreat. In Greece and Italy, respectively Western civilisation’s cradle and nursery, democratic politicians have been replaced by technocrats at the behest of a European Union that has now removed… Read on

What have the Israelis done for us?

From Telegraph blogs The world’s most controversial babyboomer is 63 years old today, so raise a glass to the State of Israel, born May 10 1948. As the Onion reported at the time (well, in their historical book Our Dumb Century): War-weary Jews establish homeland between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt “In Israel, Our People Will Finally Have Safety and Peace,” Says Ben-Gurion Jordan Welcomes New Neighbors with Celbratory Gunfire, Rock Throwing After more than 2,000 years of wandering… Read on

Since when was anti-Semitism rebranded as ‘anti-racism’?

From Telegraph blogs, December 16, 2010 Imagine you were an advertising executive some time in the 1960s working for a company like Sterling Cooper, and that a client came in asking you to “rebrand” anti-Semitism. You see, the client told you, unfortunately the whole image had taken a knock in recent years, with most people associating it with senseless mass murder, civilians being rounded up, burning books, that sort of thing. How do we turn anti-Semitism into a… Read on

‘Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue’ 



‘Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue’ 



Slight of build and 

dressed in the stylish manner of the European-influenced Arab middle class, Nonie Darwish could be any wealthy Levantine in Paris or west London. 

But behind the veneer of Egyptian elegance is a onewoman anti-jihad machine, a Christian convert from Islam, founder of a group called Former Muslims United and author of two books highly critical of Sharia law, Arab policy towards Israel and Islamists’ ambitions for global conquest. Darwish is often compared to Ayaan Hirsi Ali,… Read on