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The toxic collective guilt mentality

ONE of the most baleful ideas to poison human thinking is that of collective guilt. It links the killer who murdered Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, with those who carried out vicious bomb attacks focused on Christians in Sri Lanka, as well as a multiplicity of acts of extreme...

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A second Spring?

AT SOME point in the next year, Syria is likely to be readmitted to the Arab League, after an eight-year suspension. Gulf states are quietly rebuilding ties with the Assad regime and the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus in December. The moves signal the consensus among the Arab states that...

Democracy must contest the threat from within

IT HAS been said that the easiest way to take a fortress is from the inside, which probably makes it the easiest way for defenders to lose one too. In an era when democracy and its associated values are under threat from authoritarian politicians, nationalist parties, religious extremists and...

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Brexit's demographic challenge

SINCE the June 2016 referendum, the overall trend in British opinion polls on Brexit has been towards a small but definite majority in favour of remaining in the European Union (EU). Though most people are entrenched in their positions, there seems to have been some movement in the centre ground...

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The Khashoggi murder: Riyadh put on notice

CRITICAL followers of Saudi affairs could not help but be a little bemused by the strong international reaction to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It is not that they do not take what happened seriously; it is regarded as something appalling, but many feel that their voices went...