Category: Politics and government
Whether to celebrate Israeli independence?
A debate flared up about whether to wholeheartedly celebrate Israeli independence. The debate highlights different politics and, at the same time, a shared passion for Israel.
Are we forgetting our Holocaust survivors?
Just as we should never forget the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, we must remember the Holocaust survivors who live among us, often neglected and in need of our support.
“The removal of Nene was ‘not breaking the economy’”
I think President Zuma pretty much hit the nail on the head when he said that his removal of Nene wasn’t the cause of South Africa’s flirtation with economic disaster in December 2015, at least in more general terms.
Explaining terrorism to children
The New York Times has a video feature about how a French children’s newspaper responded to kids’ questions about the recent Paris attacks by explaining terrorism to children. You should watch this if you are a parent.
Religious intolerance threatens Israel’s survival
The recent stabbings at the Jerusalem Gay Pride march are tragic. Aaron Panken makes a strong argument for the Israeli government to take a stronger stand against Ultra-Orthodox intolerance that prompted the attacks in his article titled “An end to Israel’s state-sanctioned religious intolerance“: Israel was founded to be a homeland for all Jews. Its 1948…
In South Africa, “political objectives outweigh law”
John Robbie had a very interesting interview with political analyst Mzoxolo Mpolase that highlighted a growing trend in the ANC: this notion that politics and political objectives should trump the law: It echoes a tweet I shared this morning and on which I commented that the ANC seems to be yearning for the days of…
Bureaucracy and South Africa’s new Immigration Act rules
I just read an interesting overview of South Africa’s new Immigration Act rules which have just kicked in which require international travelers entering and leaving South Africa to produce birth certificates and identity documentation for kids and parents. Two things stand out for me. The first is the administrative headache traveling to and from South Africa with…
“Narrow, fragile, and right-wing-Orthodox …”
Israeli politics fascinate me far more than I understand the dynamics (which I barely do). Times of Israel’s editor, David Horovitz, has an interesting op-ed piece titled “Netanyahu promised a ‘better, more stable government.’ And we got this?” which has me wondering if estimates of our return to the polls for another election in 2…