Israel and the resolution 2334: At last isolated?

The resolution 2334, stating that Israel′s settlement activity constitutes a « flagrant violation » of international law and has « no legal validity » [1] came as a shock and that, for various reasons: in Israel, it was interpreted as the Obama administration’s last betrayal, after months and months of tensions and petty rivalries, though Obama’s relative audacity consisted in not vetoing a resolution which only officialise a neutral Continue reading “Israel and the resolution 2334: At last isolated?”

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Coming out as a leftwing Zionist

The recent decision by US President Barack Obama to not veto a critical UN-Security Council Resolution regarding Israel has re-erupted a decades old discussion. What to do with one of the most long-lasting conflicts in modern times? The discussion is not just one of many. It has become a rallying point of many ideological stances, the nuance is gone, black and white are the only choices. You are either for or against. There is no middle ground.

As a leftwing European I often feel quite isolated with my Zionist stances. Yes. I am a Zionist. Even a proud one. But in Europe, certainly in leftwing circles, it is not easy anymore to come out as one. Continue reading “Coming out as a leftwing Zionist”

The errors by Europe’s Left

Traditional centre-left/social-democratic parties are facing a hard time in Europe. From a continent that 15 years ago was mostly social democratic, now only Portugal, Austria, France, Italy and Sweden have traditional leftist governments with a few more in Eastern European countries like Slovakia, Czech Republic or Romania. Even outside of Europe, leftwing movements and parties face similar problems. For example the Democratic Party in the United States lost the last presidential elections to a dangerous right-wing populist, Donald Trump after 8 years of seemingly successful democratic governance or the Labour Party in Australia. Continue reading “The errors by Europe’s Left”

Why Obama’s final plan for the Middle East must be prevented at all costs

The recent upheaval regarding America’s decision to abstain from using its veto power to protect Israel from a UN security council resolution was hard to miss. Israel was not just surprised, they felt humiliated by their traditional ally. President-Elect Donald Trump and Israeli officials had convinced Egypt, the original initiator of the resolution, to delay the voting process but current President Barack Obama unexpectedly made sure the vote would happen and even passed. This article will argue why that can be a horrible mistake. Continue reading “Why Obama’s final plan for the Middle East must be prevented at all costs”

21 Years After Dayton

The Dayton Agreement, signed on 14 December 1995 put an end to the three year war in Bosnia. In the past 21 years Bosnia and Herzegovina has gone through a constitutional evolution based on this agreement. Despite its achievements and the let downs of the Dayton it is important to talk about the future of Bosnia Herzegovina. What kind of steps can be made and what are the factors that need to be taken into consideration when making a plan for the future? The assessment of the ongoing mission and the regional context needs to be viewed before any recommendation can be made.

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How to beat Merkel – and while doing so Socialists might also save the EU

Angela Merkel has just announced to re-run for the German Chancellorship in the upcoming Fall 2017 general election. If she wins she can prolong her reign, which started in 2005, a total of 16 years, the biggest in German history (tied only with Helmut Kohl 1982 – 1998, CDU). Over the years the reasoning by experts for her uncontested leadership, although with changing coalition partners, has varied but subsequently acclaimed she holds a high level of trust.

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Soft Security: A Natural Tool for the EU

After the Austrian presidential elections and the Italian referendum there are mixed feelings around Europe. The public opinion praises the fact that the far-right lost an election – despite the fact that their approval rating is still very high meaning they are not going away soon – and some mourned the anti-establishment statement of the Italian people by voting no to the constitutional reforms. In the year of Brexit and the election of Continue reading “Soft Security: A Natural Tool for the EU”

Italia Sì, Italia No: Explaining Tomorrow’s Referendum

On December 4th the Italian people will be called to the polling stations with a heavy lift on their shoulders: the Italian Constitution. But what exactly are we going to vote on? The campaigns have been intense and, therefore, we would like to dispel some myths surrounding the YES and NO camps.

Despite the desperate and harmful attempt to make this vote a test for the government – or rather of PM Matteo Renzi – by the very same Democratic Party and the oppositions, this referendum is about the much more lasting structure of the Italian institutions.

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Geert Wilders & Israel; the integrity of Dutch journalism

The morning of December 2nd, Dutch leading and traditionally left wing newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’ published two extensive articles about PVV-leader Geert Wilders. They found out that Dutch Intelligence Services (AIVD) investigated Wilders in 2009-2010 regarding his relations with Israel. His loyalty was called into question as well to what extent he was being influenced by his Israeli connections. A sensitive topic one might think just a few months before election time and with Wilders leading in the polls. Continue reading “Geert Wilders & Israel; the integrity of Dutch journalism”

Civil disobedience in Sudan: Another Arab Spring?

“Peaceful” civil disobedience is always linked in the minds with Mahatama Ghandi’s march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt, his most courageous act of civil disobedience against the famous British rule in India in 1930. However, this time the news come from Africa, specifically in Sudan where Sudanese  started on Sunday 27th of November 2016 a five-day civil disobedience with varying proportions of response among the residents of the country.

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