Jeremy Corbyn and the End of the West (Commentary Magazine December 2015)

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The Portents of Labour’s Extreme New Leader In October 2015, the American novelist Jonathan Franzen gave a talk in London in which he expressed pleasure that Jeremy Corbyn had just been elected leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party. To his evident surprise, Franzen’s endorsement was met with only scattered applause and then an embarrassed silence.  Most [Read more…]

In Britain and Across the World, An Age-Old Schism Becomes Ever More Bitter - Sunday Times 3 Jan 2016

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http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/focus/article1652282.ece Original Version: For most Westerners the Shia-Sunni conflict has been a confusing but distant phenomenon that rumbles along in the background of Middle Eastern and South Asian politics: an obscure theological dispute within Islam that only makes headlines when a Shia mosque is destroyed in Pakistan or Hezbollah blows up a Sunni leader in Lebanon. [Read more…]