Pitching a tent for change

By Simon Round, November 4, 2011

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of protesting going on this year. Some of it is admirable (for example, the demos against Middle Eastern tyrannies), some of it less so (August's protests against the fact that you actually have to pay for trainers).


Culture war, enter stage left

By James Inverne, November 3, 2011

War has been declared and theatres, concert halls and anywhere that the arts flourish are the new battlegrounds. No longer above the political fray, culture is an increasingly active front line.


Ken thinks he was never wrong. I beg to differ

By Martin Bright, November 3, 2011

I was delighted to discover last week that Ken Livingstone had described me in his memoirs as a "minor intellectual". We have crossed swords several times, particularly over his attitude to Islamic extremism.


A return to my McRoots

By Peter Rosengard, October 31, 2011

I spent last weekend in Glasgow. This came as a slight surprise to me as I was meant to be in the Highlands. I'd taken the midnight sleeper from Euston. But at the other end, after being driven down rain-washed, dark, granite-faced streets for five minutes, I said: "Wait a minute. Where's the heather? The mountains? The lochs?"


From prisoner to peacemaker

By Michael Klausner, October 31, 2011

In June 1966, at Cape Town University, Robert Kennedy uttered his now famous words: "Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."


Even after Gaddafi, no hope of a Jewish future

By Lyn Julius, October 28, 2011

Two days after Yom Kippur, a man called David Gerbi was bundled out of Tripoli in a military plane. Was any hope that post-Gaddafi Libya could become a tolerant and pluralistic society flown out with him?


Why gay sex is not immoral

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, October 28, 2011

Orthodox Rabbis opposed to gay marriage - hardly worth a headline. But two prominent British Orthodox rabbis recently went further. Dayan Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, suggested the Prime Minister's desire to sanction gay marriage was "a sign of moral decay," while Rabbi Alan Plancey seemed to suggest the government's plan was a sign of "standards of morality dropping".


No way to a fairytale ending

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

During his tenure as US president, Theodore Roosevelt coined the expression "bully pulpit", by which he meant that the incumbent of the White House had a near-unique position to advance an opinion or agenda.


Aim your leaflets with care

By Cari Rosen, October 24, 2011

Things aren't what they used to be.

Once upon a time, you could walk down the street without a care in the world. Perhaps enjoying the scenery. Perchance deep in thought. Possibly humming a merry tune.

But that was then.


A prize-winning relationship

By Daniel Peltz, October 24, 2011

Israel has once again proved its academic excellence with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Professor Dan Shechtman of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Shechtman's Nobel takes Israel's total to 10, half of them for science. This is remarkable for a country which has been in existence for only 63 years and has a population of a mere eight million.