All posts tagged: history

As Rafah hangs in the balance, will Bibi defy Biden? – POLITICO

As Rafah hangs in the balance, will Bibi defy Biden? – POLITICO

[ad_1] It’s true. While American Democrats, who have long been urging for conditions to be placed on arms transfers, argue that Biden’s been underestimating Washington’s clout, the history of U.S.-Israeli relations suggests his leverage may not be as great as some progressives think. Sometimes bare-knuckle pressure works, sometimes not — and particularly less so when Israeli leaders believe their actions are fundamental to their national security. Indeed, Netanyahu is just the latest in a long line of Israeli leaders who brazenly disregarded U.S. presidents. Ben-Gurion, the country’s first prime minister, engaged in a battle of wills with Kennedy over Israel’s nuclear program. Reagan was furious with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin over Israel’s bomb raids on west Beirut in 1982, nine weeks into the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (though Reagan’s suspension of the delivery of did bring Begin round). And George H.W. Bush was one of several U.S. presidents who tried to halt Israeli settlement encroachments in the West Bank to little avail. In 2007, Olmert himself went ahead and targeted a suspected nuclear reactor …

Four of the most consequential political defections in British history

Four of the most consequential political defections in British history

[ad_1] The hitherto Conservative MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, has sensationally defected to the Labour party. This has sent shockwaves through Westminster, as Elphicke was a figure on the right of the Conservative party. In addition to embarrassing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, this defection has caused significant disquiet within Labour, where many MPs and activists feel her prior stances on a range of issues jar with Labour policies. Elphicke’s move came just days after Daniel Poulter, Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, had also defected to Labour. But these two are far from the first to cross the aisle in this way. We don’t yet know if Elphicke’s move will be consequential in the long term and she isn’t standing in the next election, so this could be little more than a short sharp shock. But history shows us defections can lead to monumental change. These are four such examples. 1. The Peelites leave the Tories Robert Peel was prime minister from December 1834 to April 1835 and later from August 1841 to …

The students protesting in Dublin are on the right side of history – and they know it | Owen Jones

The students protesting in Dublin are on the right side of history – and they know it | Owen Jones

[ad_1] Who tends to get the big foreign policy calls right: student protesters, or their detractors? Answering this question, it turns out, is useful if you don’t want to end up judged poorly by history. Student protesters were vilified when they stood against the Vietnam war, yet now, who would have wanted to be on the side that denigrated them variously as naive, dupes and extremists? How should we look back at the students suspended after walking out of lessons in protest at the impending war in Iraq in 2003? Today we might say they come off looking pretty good, having had far more foresight than the seasoned politicians and ageing media commentators who cheered that particular cataclysm on back then. That legacy loomed large on Wednesday in a courtyard at Trinity College Dublin, filled with students waving Palestinian flags alongside the Irish tricolour, as the triumphant student union president, László Molnárfi, told them their protests would succeed in Ireland, the US and across the world “because our cause is right”. The students were jubilant, …

What Is the History of Mother’s Day in the United States?

What Is the History of Mother’s Day in the United States?

[ad_1]   Across much of the United States, the second Sunday in the month of May is reserved for mothers, a celebration known as Mother’s Day. The day is dedicated to mothers of all kinds, and to the act of being maternal, or nurturing, to another human being, which people celebrate in a variety of ways, from gift giving to family events. Other parts of the world, meanwhile, celebrate mothers on differing calendar dates. But when did the Mother’s Day tradition begin, and how did it become such an entrenched annual event? We delve into the history of Mother’s Day in the US to find out more.   The Pioneering Work of Ann Jarvis Ann Jarvis, US activist from Virginia. Source: Vox Magazine   In the late 19th century, a social activist from Virginia named Ann Jarvis (also known as Mother Jarvis) played a key role in establishing the roots of the Mother’s Day traditions in the US. As a mother of at least 11 children, who had faced her own series of devastating struggles …

What Is the History Behind Hanukkah?

What Is the History Behind Hanukkah?

[ad_1]   Every year over 14 million Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Hanukkah. The eight holy days of Hanukkah commemorate a time when ancient Jews reconquered the land that is now Israel, and survived against all odds during a brutal war being waged against them. The lighting of the menorah has become an iconic symbol of Jewish culture and faith, stretching over 2,000 years since its origin.   The Roots of Hanukkah  Menorah with donuts, photo by YB13D, Source: Wikimedia Commons   The region that is now Israel was ruled by a series of non-Jewish dynasties and empires for hundreds of years, starting in 720 BCE. This included the fairly tolerant Ptolemies, followed by Antiochus III of the Syrian Seleucid Dynasty. When Antiochus III died, however, his son Antiochus IV took over. This is where the intense persecution of the Jews began to get even worse.   Around 174 BCE when Antiochus IV took over, it was made clear that Judaism wouldn’t be tolerated. Antiochus IV worshiped Greek gods and prized Greek …

The ICC should consider the new Armenian genocide petition – POLITICO

The ICC should consider the new Armenian genocide petition – POLITICO

[ad_1] And now, we face another: Last month, the California-based Center for Truth and Justice (CFTJ) petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC), where I served as the first chief prosecutor, to investigate Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev for genocide against Armenians in Armenia — and it’s a petition the ICC should consider. The challenge in substantiating genocide often lies in proving intent to destroy — in whole or in part — a designated group. That’s why the massive dossier presented to the ICC on Apr. 18 by U.S. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian, who represents the Center for Truth and Justice, is remarkable. It presents the consistent declarations made by Aliyev over the last decade, unequivocally demonstrating his intention to destroy ethnic Armenians. To be clear, this isn’t just about the Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh — a disputed, self-governing enclave within Azerbaijan. The communication is focused on different forms of genocide committed against Armenians in Armenia itself. As early as April 2015, Aliyev published a statement on the Azerbaijan government’s official website, warning ethnic …

For some Russians, Putin’s Victory Day is the darkest of the year – POLITICO

For some Russians, Putin’s Victory Day is the darkest of the year – POLITICO

[ad_1] But the unified front hailed by Putin and amplified by Russian state media is only part of the story. For a portion of Russian society, Victory Day is an excruciating annual reminder of the current war in Ukraine, which they see as tarnishing their country’s reputation and distorting its history, as well as that of their families. “For me this is not a celebration but a day of mourning,” said Valeria, 20, whose father has been mobilized. Like others quoted in this article, she declined to give her full name, fearing repercussions for speaking out.  “The essence of this day used to be that there should never be another war — that is what our ancestors gave their lives for. But somehow the exact opposite is happening.”  She and a small group of similar-minded people on Thursday gathered at Moscow’s Poklonnaya Gora war memorial site on the coldest May 9 since 1945, wearing white scarves or carrying white flowers or ribbons, symbols of anti-war protest.  Some were approached by police and asked for their …

Kevin Spacey’s Deep History of Alleged Sexual Assault Is Exposed in New Documentary

Kevin Spacey’s Deep History of Alleged Sexual Assault Is Exposed in New Documentary

[ad_1] A new wave of sexual assault accusations against Kevin Spacey has arrived in the form of Spacey Unmasked, a documentary in which 10 men speak publicly about alleged abuse they faced at the hands of the actor. The two-part doc, debuting Monday on Investigation Discovery and streaming on Max following an earlier premiere on the UK’s Channel 4, features revelations from men who were not involved in the London sexual assault trial that saw Spacey acquitted of nine charges last summer. (Spacey pleaded not guilty in the criminal case.) Allegations from men in the documentary, one of whom reportedly refers to the actor as a “soulless monster,” span from Spacey’s high school days to his time on Netflix’s House of Cards, according to the Los Angeles Times. The doc paints a portrait of Spacey as a serial abuser, one who allegedly dangled career advancement and, according to one interview subject, masturbated to a brutal war scene in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Directed and produced by Katherine Haywood, Unmasked traces the origins of Spacey’s …

Croatia election winner cozies up with far right in new government – POLITICO

Croatia election winner cozies up with far right in new government – POLITICO

[ad_1] The Homeland Movement — or DP — was formed by nationalist crooner Miroslav Škoro in 2020 to provide a more patriotic and far-right alternative to HDZ, arguably Croatia’s most powerful party, which underwent major restructuring under Plenković. “Plenković made a significant effort to expel and neutralize far-right figures from HDZ, but now a lot of those who were affiliated with HDZ are part of the Homeland Movement,” Hrvoje Klasić, a historian and expert on the far right in Croatia, told POLITICO. Škoro has since been ousted from the party, and while DP members claim to have softened their approach to certain topics, the party remains synonymous with hardline, socially conservative ideas. “A lot of the voters who used to support HDZ now vote for the Homeland Movement. If, say, Plenković was removed and someone more right-wing came back to HDZ, then the Homeland Movement would completely lose its support,” he continued. Plenković — just like Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni — has, since April’s election, placed himself on his HZD’s list of candidates for …

In Victory Day speech, Putin accuses West of ‘distorting history’ – POLITICO

In Victory Day speech, Putin accuses West of ‘distorting history’ – POLITICO

[ad_1] “Today we see how they’re trying to distort the truth about WWII. It interferes with those who are used to building their essentially colonial policy based on hypocrisy and lies,” the freshly (re)inaugurated president told the assembled crowd, according to the Russian press. The Red Army was part of a much broader allied coalition including the U.S., the U.K., Poland, France, Canada and others. Soviet Victory Day, commemorated a day later than the day marked by the other allies, also signals the beginning of the USSR’s half-century occupation of most of Central and Eastern Europe, mass deportations to Siberia and forced collectivization of local economies. Although Russia was only a part of the USSR, today’s Russia has tried to monopolize the Soviet victory as its own, and Putin uses the memory of the war to buttress Russian nationalism. That extends to tarring opponents of his regime as “Nazis.” “Revanchism, abuse of history, and an attempt to justify the current Nazi followers is part of an overall policy of the Western elites to stoke new …