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


How a New York visit made me more aware of home

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

In vain, we searched for the pickle shop. Wandering around New York's historic Lower East Side, it seemed improbable, impossible even, that we wouldn't encounter a Yiddish-speaking man selling barrels of flavoursome and juicy cucumbers and telling us we had chutzpah when we tried to negotiate a good deal.


Bibi the misunderstood PM

By Chas Newkey-Burden, November 28, 2011

In a sense, it is only fitting that the Prime Minister of the world's most misunderstood country should himself be a much misunderstood man. Benjamin Netanyahu is routinely described as the hardest of hardliners, a man utterly opposed to conciliation, and a warmonger. The trouble is, none of these anti-Netanyahu cliches are supported by the facts.


A warm and cosy furry story

By Peter Rosengard, November 28, 2011

Last Saturday morning, I was sitting on a bench in Central Park in NY. I looked up from my New York Times to see that a six-foot-tall, red, furry creature had sat down next to me. "Hi," it said. "I'm Elmo."

"Hi, Elmo." I said and carried on reading. Only in New York.


Why every little tweet helps

By Barry Frankfurt, November 28, 2011

While writing this, I was asked for money by Stephen Fry. Not for himself but for one of his pet charities. I get that a lot from Stephen, or should I say "@stephenfry", the Twitter feed of one of world's most prolific users of social media. No sooner had he written 140 characters than his nearly 3.5million "followers" received the charity's web address and priceless celebrity endorsement.


What next for Syria after Assad?

By Michael Weiss, November 24, 2011

Anyone who studies human rights abuses in modern dictatorships is susceptible to one of two ailments: atrocity fatigue or a disconcerting level of anger and resentment.