The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop
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The Scottish Independence Movement Will Now Be Very Difficult to Stop

Predictions of the break-up of the UK may be reaching a crescendo, but they are scarcely new. In 1707, Jonathan Swift wrote a poem deriding the Act of Union between England and Scotland, which had just been passed, for seeking to combine two incompatible peoples in one state: “As if a man in making posies/…

Brexit Was Johnson’s Churchillian Moment. So Britain Can Now Have Its Cake and Eat It?
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Brexit Was Johnson’s Churchillian Moment. So Britain Can Now Have Its Cake and Eat It?

Britain got its independence back and got the best trade deal it could hope for with Brussels. Too good to be true? There was a great deal of bluffing on both sides, right up to the line. But the Brexit deal, finally nailed on Christmas eve, was ultimately a considerable victory for Britain and a…

Guinea Pigs United
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Guinea Pigs United

Not many countries are brave or reckless enough to execute a vast medical experiment on their entire population and put vulnerable people at risk. Britain and Israel did. On December 8, Britain was the first Western country to start “immunising its population.” Two weeks later, just a few days before Christmas, Britain grasped that it…

Antisemitism Claims Mask a Reign of Political and Cultural Terror Across Europe
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Antisemitism Claims Mask a Reign of Political and Cultural Terror Across Europe

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has run a fascinating long report this week offering a disturbing snapshot of the political climate rapidly emerging across Europe on the issue of antisemitism. The article documents a kind of cultural, political and intellectual reign of terror in Germany since the parliament passed a resolution last year equating support for…

From Balfour to the Nakba: The Settler-Colonial Experience of Palestine
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From Balfour to the Nakba: The Settler-Colonial Experience of Palestine

The late prominent scholar of settler-colonialism, Patrick Wolfe, reminded us repeatedly that it is not an event, it is a structure. While settler-colonialism in many cases has a historical starting point, its original motivation guides its maintenance in the present.  By and large, settler-colonial projects are motivated by what Wolfe defined as “the logic of the…