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Dear Boris, Mayor of Jo’burg

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Joburg, police fire rubber bullets...

Dear Boris,

I wonder what our friends in the Middle East and the Maghreb are calling the riots that are diffusing through London and now the other cities of the country? The Albion Spring? The Rose Revolutions? Seeing as the English people are so unhappy with their government, would it not be fair to expect the Syrians or the Continue reading

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Old Demons: Will Europe always have to tackle Anti-Semitism?

An English translation of the protocols.

Seventy years on from the holocaust and the conviction that this must never happen again, Jewish people are suffering persecution and prejudice all over the globe. Often the hostility towards Jews is masked as a hostility towards the politics of Israel. Daniel Willis tells us why this is a dangerous attitude. 

It has not yet been seventy years since the liberation of the European Jews from the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Yet now, it would seem many countries in the West are witnessing (and promptly neglecting) the return of an overwhelming sickness of the mind; a new breed of Anti-Semitism for the twenty first century, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the old one. Continue reading

America: The divided nation

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America: A divided nation

America is a country founded on Puritan morality and has always been viewed as a socially conservative country. However, with the changing opinions about abortion and homosexual marriage among the population, socially conservative politicians must adjust to these changes to have a chance of winning over the public, writes Luke Cahill.

One of America’s founding principles was that of religious liberty. The belief that a person could practice any religion they chose as long as it was not to the detriment of others. This was however Continue reading

Archbishop Rowan Williams: The Church Militant

Archibishop Rowan Williams

Archibishop Rowan Williams

Archbishop Rowan Williams has not been shy about brandishing his socialist credentials in the press on on the radio. The Church is unlikely to rediscover its purpose and mission with uncomprehending people such as the Archbishop at the helm, writes Charles Brickdale.

The Daily Telegraph recently published a revealing photograph from 1992 of the present Archbishop of Canterbury. It shows the then Bishop of Monmouth, heavily cassocked against the rain, in conversation with a fellow cleric. Both priests are taking a break Continue reading

M.F. Husain: The tragedy of a growing trend.

In early June M.F. Husain died as an exile in London at 95 years of age, but during his life he was a brilliant artist of expressionism. Known to many as “The Picasso of India”, Husain began his career painting billboards and posters for Bollywood films in the 1940s. Over the decades, the scope of his ambitions extended beyond the canvas, becoming involved in photography and film. Directing “Gaja Gamini” in 2000, age was no obstacle for this man and the multiple uses of his talents are a testament to the dedication and passion he had for India.

But in one of those ironies in which our recent times are replete, Husain would eventually see his work condemned, decades after their unveiling, and his life threatened. Facing increasing legal pressure, there eventually would  be little option but to leave the country he dedicated his life to. Continue reading

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