Analysis

All hail Tunisia, oasis of hope

By Michael Goldfarb, November 6, 2014

Tunisia is the "lucky country". That's usually a phrase associated with Australia - which is indeed fortunate as it is not all that far from China and possesses a whole empty continent full of natural resources the Chinese need and are willing to pay for.

But in the context of the Arab world - at least right now - Tunisia wins the "lucky" label hands down.

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Why Qatar has never felt Britain's wrath

By Alex Brummer, October 30, 2014

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani, gets a hero's welcome on visits to London. The billions his Gulf statelet has poured into British property and the support for the nation's energy policy, through long-term gas contracts, appeared to have made his country immune to political criticism.

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This war is complex, long and maybe unwinnable

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

The rapid growth in online hatred poses a vast challenge to police, legislators and internet companies. The emergence of sites including Twitter and Facebook has provided trolls and racists with direct lines of communication to their targets.

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Could Bennett be PM?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

It was no coincidence that as the report emerged that a senior American had called Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit", the first member of the prime minister's cabinet to leap to his defence was the man often portrayed as his main rival.

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Jail sentence strikes right balance in tackling online abuse

By Julian Hunt, October 24, 2014

This is the latest in a series of recent cases where magistrates have given prison sentences to those sending grossly offensive messages through the internet.

Those individuals who posted vile tweets against Stella Creasy MP and the footballer Fabrice Muamba, and who advocated the bombing of mosques after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, have all been jailed.

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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Faith schools' battle over British values

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we have reported growing concerns about a possible backlash against faith schools, following the so-called "Trojan Horse" inquiry into Islamist indoctrination in a number of state schools this summer.

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I was shocked by peeping rabbi arrest

By Alex Brummer, October 23, 2014

The Kesher Israel modern Orthodox community in Georgetown has been part of my life for several decades. During my ten years as the Guardian's correspondent and then bureau chief in Washington, I was a member and frequent presence along with my young family.

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Alarm bells ring in France as pro-Vichy book is bestseller

By Roger Sloan, October 23, 2014

Eric Zemmour is, without a doubt, the superstar of right-wing journalism in France.

The 56-year-old is a columnist for weekly magazine Figaro and a news pundit for RTL, a major private radio station, as well as a frequent guest on political talkshows.

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Bravado before the fall

By Michael Sophocles, October 14, 2014

Every Apprentice candidate arrives in Lord Sugar's boardroom with the same bravado and the same boasts of business brilliance.

The fun is, of course, watching them fail to live up to their own billing. This year will be no different.

So what chances do the two Jewish contenders have of showing Lord Sugar there is some substance behind the bluster?

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