Germany needs to free itself from the shackles of history

By Roger Boyes, December 12, 2011

It is a mere scrap of paper, as brief as a shopping list. "Ten uses for money" is written at the top with helpful hints as to what Germans can do with their Reichsmarks: wallpaper their living rooms, burn them as winter fuel, use them to prop up broken chairs.


Blindness that excuses Iran's excesses

By Alan Johnson, December 9, 2011

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb.


Eviction assaults Israel's values

By Hannah Weisfeld, December 9, 2011

The Jewish National Fund has been a household name across the Jewish world for more than a century. Many of us grew up with a little blue box proudly displayed on the mantelpiece. The JNF has led the effort to transform Israel into the thriving, modern country it is today.


Perchance to dream - of old age

By Simon Round, December 9, 2011

I had a great idea for a column yesterday. Now what was it? Ah yes, it was about ageing. Not that I'm old or anything, you understand, although I am slightly more middle-aged than I used to be.


New remedy for an old problem

By Leon Smith, December 9, 2011

The Jewish community in this country is proud of how it looks after its older and more vulnerable members, and quite rightly so.


Will there be Arab democracy?

By Vernon Bogdanor, December 5, 2011

The beginning of the 21st century seemed to witness the global triumph of democracy. By 2000, 120 of the 192 members of the United Nations could be classed as democracies. Countries that continue to reject democracy exclude themselves from the world of civilised political discourse.


Questions Scots can't ignore

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2011

The JC is sometimes accused of scaremongering about antisemitism in the UK. I hope we get the tone right in reporting the facts on the ground, but I recognise it is important not create panic by overstating the problem.


Stand-up comedy of errors

By Cari Rosen, December 2, 2011

To stand or not to stand? That is the question.

I am sitting on a packed underground train and have come to from my far-too-early-in-the–morning fug to find my eyes level with a belly. It is quite a big belly, swollen and round and clearly straining the fabric in which it is enveloped. It leaves me with a split-second and difficult decision. Namely - fat or pregnant?


Racial murder affects us all

By Edie Friedman, December 2, 2011

Watching the news at the moment means reliving the horror of that night in April 1993, when an 18-year-old boy was knifed to death simply because of the colour of his skin.


Next Chief Rabbi should take job tips from Steve

By Shmuley Boteach, December 1, 2011

The Chief Rabbi's criticism of Apple founder Steve Jobs for having created a selfish consumer culture that ultimately magnified human unhappiness, provides insight into an institutional mindset that needs to change as the UK prepares for a post-Sacks era.

As it stands now, the United Synagogue and the office of the chief rabbinate are what Microsoft once was - imperial, anti-democratic and domi