Almost every day we hear about some new “revolutionary” technology that is going to make the world a more open, transparent, and better place. Continue reading
I have just received an email message from 38 Degrees, an online campaigning organization in the UK that claims to have three million members of which, apparently, I am one. The subject line is “Islamic State” and the message asks me to “vote” on what I think 38 Degrees should do. I was given this link:
This is not democracy — it is just an online poll. Where do I, or anyone else, have the chance to engage with other members and try to persuade them of my view? Where I can I hear their views? Continue reading
Ukraine to many Jews conjures up bad memories – pogroms, collaboration with Nazis, anti-Semitism spanning centuries. So when Russian President Putin claims that Nazis have come to power in a putsch in Kiev, we take notice.
Read the full article on my Times of Israel blog.
In an otherwise excellent piece on the TUC’s passing of an idiotic resolution on Ukraine, Dale Street writes that “for the first time since the Second World War the territory of a European country has been seized by that of a neighbouring big power.”
That doesn’t sound right — and it isn’t. Continue reading
The decisions taken yesterday by Britain’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the subject of Palestine mark the end of an era. Continue reading
I have just come back from attending a large demonstration in central London protesting the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK.
The demonstration was organised by a new group called the Campaign Against Antisemitism. It was backed by all the major Jewish organisations in Britain, including the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, and many others. Nearly a thousand people signed up to attend the demo on Facebook; it looked to me like there at least that number there. The crowd seemed overwhelmingly Jewish.
Now if this had been a demonstration against racism, organized by the leadership of the Black communities in Britain, I can guarantee you that a wide range of Left groups would have been there to show their solidarity. You would have found assorted Trotskyists and others selling their newspapers, handing out leaflets and showing that they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with an ethnic minority group struggling against racist assaults, while busily trying to recruit new members.
But at this demonstration, I didn’t see a single left group of any kind with an obvious presence. There may have been individual socialists – like myself – there; but there were no banners, newspapers, or flyers. Continue reading
The news this week out of South Africa could hardly have been worse. Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of the Western Cape branch of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), was accused by Jewish organizations of hate speech.
This is my second blog post for the Times of Israel. Read the full post here.
Britain’s trade unions were not always hostile to Israel. One doesn’t have to go back very far to remember a time when they would invite representatives from the Histadrut to speak at union conferences. And the Trades Union Congress, the umbrella body representing 6.2 million union members, is still on record supporting a two-state solution and Israel’s right to exist.
This is my first blog post for the Times of Israel. Read the full post here.
I recently read Dave Eggers’ new novel, The Circle, which describes a world in which a Facebook-Google-like company takes over people’s lives and brings about a complete end to privacy. Some would describe the book as being visionary, or a warning. I think it actually didn’t go far enough.
Increasingly, we live in a world without privacy. Continue reading