Columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of The 3rd Woman, out now in paperback

My plea to the left: treat Jews the same way you’d treat any other minority

theguardian.com — Let's imagine for just a moment that a small but vocal section of the left was consumed with hatred for one faraway country: barely an hour could pass without them condemning it, not just for this or for that policy, but for its very existence, for the manner of its birth, for what it represented.

Saudi women: The shackles may soon fall

gulfnews.com — Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia last week, two Shura Council members reopened the discussion on women driving in the kingdom. Women in Saudi Arabia at present are not allowed by law to drive a vehicle, earning Saudi Arabia the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world with this statute.

Maggie & the Storm Over Europe

nybooks.com — 1. In early February, before the date had even been set for the June 23 referendum that will decide whether Britain remains a member of the European Union, the governing Conservative Party began a fight with itself over how Margaret Thatcher would have voted. Her former private secretary Charles Powell (pronounced "pole") started the debate, ...

It took Barack Obama to crush the Brexit fantasy

gulfnews.com — No wonder they were desperate that he keep his mouth shut. At his podium in Downing Street last Friday, US President Barack Obama flattered his hosts, paid lip service to the notion that the referendum on British membership of the European Union on June 23 is a matter for the British people - and then calmly ripped apart the case for Brexit.

It took Barack Obama to crush the Brexit fantasy

theguardian.com — No wonder they were desperate that he keep his mouth shut. At his podium in Downing Street Barack Obama flattered his hosts, paid lip service to the notion that the referendum on British membership of the European Union on 23 June is a matter for the British people - and then calmly ripped apart the case for Brexit.

AB Yehoshua: ‘Instead of dealing with Palestine, the new generation do a play or write a story’

theguardian.com — They are, if not the holy trinity, then at least the hallowed trio. Amos Oz, David Grossman and AB Yehoshua - once hailed as "the three tenors" of Israeli literature, who have for decades served an exalted double role.

Be thankful the US is willing to be our global policeman

theguardian.com — When someone describes the US as a self-appointed "global policeman", they don't usually mean it as a compliment. Ordinarily, it serves as shorthand for the arrogance of American power, invading countries and imposing regime change, charging about the world heedless of everyone's needs but its own.

Who’d have thought it? Jeremy Corbyn could shape Britain’s destiny in Europe

gulfnews.com — It's a fair bet that never, ever did the British establishment imagine that one day it would be resting its hopes on Jeremy Corbyn.

Who’d have thought it? Jeremy Corbyn could shape Britain’s destiny in Europe

theguardian.com — It's a fair bet that never, ever did the British establishment imagine that one day it would be resting its hopes on Jeremy Corbyn.

Let a Muslim run London

thejc.com — Predictions are a mug's game in today's volatile politics, but I stand by the one I made on these pages back in September: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.
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Apr 28, 2016

RT @DMiliband: Thoughts and condolences with the families of those killed in Aleppo. Tragic and monstrous. Hospitals must never be targeted.

Apr 27, 2016

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Apr 26, 2016

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