Alex Brummer

A Rubicon has been crossed with this embargo

By Alex Brummer, August 14, 2014

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Critics of Israel's policy in Gaza have scored a significant victory with the decision to block a dozen licences to British companies that sell weapons parts to the IDF. The £42 million sum involved is trifling but the symbolism will be exploited.

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If we are to have a solution, Unwra must stop funding Arab hatred

By Alex Brummer, August 7, 2014

When the dust has finally settled on Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli mortar hit on the school in Beit Hanoun, where Palestinian families were sheltering, is certain to be seen as one of its signal events.

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Hamas's biggest backer? It has the entire Westin the palm of its hand

By Alex Brummer, July 31, 2014

the complex politics of the Middle East. The country's control of an estimated 14 per cent of the world's known reserves of natural gas has allowed it to buy itself a seat at the top tables of global diplomacy.

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EcoStream: This is a blip - trade with the UK is thriving

By Alex Brummer, July 10, 2014

The closure by SodaStream of its Ecostream shop and the reported decision by John Lewis to stop selling the Israeli company's drinks products can hardly be regarded as a positive development. Not surprisingly it has been hailed as a great victory for the BDS movement.

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Multi-million terror group siphoned cash from West

By Alex Brummer, June 19, 2014

One of the key lines of investigations after the 9/11 New York attack on the World Trade Centre was to follow the money. It was a complex path that led from well-known US and international banks, through a series of "correspondent", friendly, local banks in the Middle East, and back to Saudi Arabia.

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Serious symptoms of Qatar

By Alex Brummer, June 6, 2014

Qatar's allegedly corrupt campaign to host the World Cup tournament in 2022, exposed over seven pages in the Sunday Times, provides insight into one of the most troubling of the Gulf statelets.

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Building a European nightmare

By Alex Brummer, May 22, 2014

The American Anti-Defamation League’s survey of global antisemitism is truly shocking. In the 102 countries surveyed, 26 per cent found that long-circulated stereotypes about Jews are alive and well. These ranged from “Jews are more loyal to Israel than their (home) country” and “Jews have too much power in the business world.”

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Media driven by fear of the alien

By Alex Brummer, May 15, 2014

What began as a scare story in Rupert Murdoch’s Sun about halal meat being used at Subway fast-food outlets late last month, rapidly moved on to Pizza Express and almost inevitably spilled over into a wider debate about religious slaughter.

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It’s time for the Serious Farce Office to get serious

By Alex Brummer, April 4, 2014

It has not been an easy ride for David Green, who completes his second year as director of the Serious Fraud Office in April. He inherited it at a low ebb. Phillippa Williamson, the former CEO, was caught up in an expenses row and a parliamentary watchdog said it had “been undermined by a catalogue of errors and poor judgement”, hitting staff morale.

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Facebook deal is a sign of technology values gone mad

By Alex Brummer, March 13, 2014

There is a natural cycle faced by financial markets across the globe.

A generation of managers often leave space for successors to repeat their ghastly errors.

One cannot help but feel that many blunders made in the late 1990s — when any enterprise with a website and “dot.com” attached to its name was seen as a sure winner — are being repeated.

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Cameron's Israel visit is all about the trade

By Alex Brummer, March 13, 2014

In the recent past, visits by British leaders to Israel have all been about diplomacy and gesture politics. David Cameron cannot ignore the peace talks during his brief visit to the Jewish state nor can he completely deviate from the Foreign Office’s agenda of halting settlement expansion.

But the reality of the Prime Minister’s visit is that it is all about trade and technology.

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There is much more to Israel’s economy than high-tech

By Alex Brummer, February 28, 2014

The International Monetary Fund’s annual inspection of national economies is a pivotal event that shapes political debate.

Israel’s latest report card, issued in Washington this month, must generally be regarded as favourable.

Output growth is seen as solid, unemployment low, the financial sector in good health and the international trade is strong.

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Independent Scotland must work with Bank of England

By Alex Brummer, February 14, 2014

Before Mark Carney went to Edinburgh last month to meet with leaders to discuss use of the pound sterling in an independent Scotland; debate surrounding the referendum this year was strangely subdued.

The Bank of England governor’s visit marked a pivotal point.

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Bill Gates has answer to relieve poverty in Middle East

By Alex Brummer, January 31, 2014

With the support of Britain, the European Union is preparing to roll-out an unprecedented package of financial aid to support a Middle East peace initiative led by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Recovery, jobs and exports - a 2014 economic forecast

By Alex Brummer, January 17, 2014

Robust economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic, led by the United States and Britain, will provide the backcloth to the world economy and financial markets in 2014.

The eurozone will continue to be constrained by fiscal adjustment in the periphery, a weak economic outlook in France and the failure to fully confront the underlying weaknesses of the banking system.

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Retail sales changed the way we now shop

By Alex Brummer, January 17, 2014

v Retailing has become a great deal more complicated. Never was this more evident that over the festive season when so much money was spent on the high street. As is the case almost every year, the message in the build-up to the season was dismal.

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Israel’s economy is on top, but relative poverty is dismal

By Alex Brummer, December 20, 2013

Diaspora Jews are rightly proud of Israel’s stellar economy and its renowned science and technology.

The Jewish state was one of the few advanced economies — out of the 34 countries under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — to survive the “Great Panic” and subsequent recession virtually unscathed.

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Actions of Co-op Methodist are back to haunt the bank

By Alex Brummer, December 16, 2013

The melt-down at the Co-operative Bank should not have come as a huge surprise to JC readers.

But serious allegations against the bank’s former chairman, Reverend Paul Flowers, have come as a shock.

His alleged drug-use has disgraced the Co-op Bank and led to his suspension from the Methodist Church and the Labour Party, where until recently he was a respected councillor.

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Top women are now leading the world of high finance

By Alex Brummer, November 22, 2013

The departure of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry and Marjorie Scardino from Pearson has left Britain’s FTSE100 boardrooms woefully short of women chief executives.

But in the world of high finance, it is becoming a very different story.

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Stamp of disapproval for Royal Mail bonanza deal

By Alex Brummer, November 7, 2013

The widely criticised Royal Mail flotation of shares has broad significance.

It has reflected an appetite for new equity from private investors in the UK.

Yet, negotiators of the Royal Mail deal are guilty of under-pricing. They have cost the taxpayer in excess of £1 billion as the shares soared to a 50 per cent-plus premium.

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