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The Six-Day War Was a Step Backward for Zionism

For the ideology to thrive in 2017, its adherents need to reject the 1967 myth that Israel can have everything it wants.<p>Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War and its resulting military occupation of the West Bank and its Palestinian residents transformed the Jewish state, providing it with both …

Israel

The 8 Most Inaccurate Depictions of Mars Ever Put on Film

These days, we know more about Mars than ever before, thanks to the work of NASA and other space agencies. But science fiction movies have been …

Rodney Hide on the opportunity cost of compulsory te reo

<i>I would love to be able to speak te reo fluently. I would also like to play the violin, solve Einstein’s field equations and run a sub-three hour</i> …

Green MP labels a rant from a Maori woman as “Pakeha racism”

A woman in Huntly made a vile rant against some Muslim women who were walking by. One of them recorded it so we could see how vile some people are …

Watkins on the start to election year

<i>Two things happened after Bill English named the election date that should worry his opponents.</i><p><i>National used its advantage to hit the ground running</i> …

Mass Incarceration Has Become the New Welfare

America's criminal-justice system has, in its failures, given way to policy that works against a disproportionate number of African Americans.<p>When Ta-Nehisi Coates says that America’s bloated and enormously expensive dependence on imprisonment has created a “social service program … for a whole …

African-American News

The Archbishop of Canterbury: Dissolving the Anglican Church to Save It

Justin Welby will reportedly try to preserve the group of churches, shaken by fights over homosexuality, by loosening its ties.<p>Justin Welby was named archbishop of Canterbury with high hopes that he was the man who could save the Anglican Communion. Now it appears he may oversee its breakup—a …

Christianity

What Does It Take to Become a U.S. Army Ranger?

A look at the grueling training soldiers must complete to receive the coveted black-and-yellow tab.<p>Until this week, there was one very important requirement for becoming an Army Ranger: You had to be a man.<p>On Friday, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver became the first women to …

U.S. Army

Hillary’s Problem: The Government Classifies Everything

Hillary Clinton’s classified-information nightmare is just beginning—as her predecessor in the United States Senate might have warned that it would. As was often the case, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was ahead of all of us.<p>As the world now knows, Clinton used a private e-mail address and server to …

A Serious Immigration Debate, Thanks to Donald Trump

Two months ago, in the first speech of his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump departed from his prepared text in order to speak—vehemently and apparently extemporaneously—about the issues that concerned him most. One of the first was immigration, and he suggested, somewhat paradoxically, that …

Immigration

Greece’s Necessary Election

On the very day that Greece received the first tranche of its new bailout from the European Union, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has decided to resign and call a general election, which will be held next month. Until then, the country will be led by a woman, Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou, the …

Voters Who Favor Border Wall Cannot Identify Border on Map

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Amid the growing debate over building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a new poll shows that voters who strongly favor building such a wall cannot successfully identify the border on a map.<p>Additionally, the more enthusiastic voters are about building a wall, the …

U.S.-Mexico border

First Gulf war is still claiming victims among veterans | Letter from Malcolm Hooper

I was disappointed but not surprised that you only date the US-UK involvement in Iraq from 2003, 12 years ago (Report, 21 August). The first invasion in Kuwait and Iraq was in 1990-91 and has been described as “the most toxic war in western military history”. Almost one-third of the troops deployed …

Donald Trump tells Alabama pep rally 'I want the election to be held tomorrow'

Donald Trump held the largest campaign event of his 2016 presidential bid to date at a “pep rally” in Alabama, where he called for the election take place tomorrow and received a tacit endorsement from one of the state’s US Senators.<p>“We could make a call for an expedited election,” Trump told the …

'Israel Cannot Absorb 3.5 Million Palestinians and Remain a Jewish and Democratic State'

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid on a pro-Israel Obama and a recalcitrant Netanyahu<p>Last week, I spent an illuminating hour with Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and now a leader of the opposition. Lapid, a voluble former television broadcaster, is the head of the Yesh Atid …

An Eye-Opening Look At The Sudden Rise Of Private Armies

When you hear the name Blackwater, you think of gung-ho, well paid, trigger-happy military contractors who cause international incidents. This isn't …

Gung Ho

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders | William Dalrymple

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

China's getting ready for a relapse

Despite a government directive to stop intervening in the economy, policymakers are getting ready to take measures to boost its ailing housing market.<p>A former engine of the economy, China's housing market is having its worst slump in four years and it's dragging the rest of the economy down with it.<p>…

Marissa Mayer is paying people mind-boggling salaries to stay at Yahoo

Annual revenues aren't growing and they haven't for years.<p>It's under siege from activist investor Jeff Smith of Starboard Ventures.<p>A couple of weeks ago it went through a "restructuring" that cost between 100 and 200 people their jobs.<p>Because of all this chaos, Yahoo can be a hard place to work.<p>CEO …

Silicon Valley

'Charlie Hebdo' now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack

Prior to the attack at the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, when two gunmen stormed the magazine's office and killed 12, the satirical …

The Worst Holiday: New Year’s Eve Is Overhyped and Anticlimactic

An absurd mix of international traditions would be better than how we celebrate it in America.<p>New Year’s Eve is the worst holiday.<p>On Christmas, gifts are exchanged, carols sung, and peace and goodwill extended toward all humankind. Done right, Thanksgiving includes a Turducken, traditional sides, …

Cracking the Sitcom Code

After signing up to write a script for Croatian television, I learned that virtually all TV comedies, from Seinfeld to South Park, follow a simple formula.<p>As happens to so many of us, I was asked to write a sitcom for Croatian television. I’m an American ex-pat living in Slovenia, and I know next …

The Audacity of Scolding Sony

President Obama's surprising denunciation of a major American corporation is just the latest evidence that he plans to make the most of his last two years in office.<p>The accepted story of President Obama in the six weeks since the November elections is that he's been liberated. No longer tied down …

North Korea: Not Funny

Just to be clear, The Interview isn't a courageous act of defiance against a dictator.<p>In recent months, the uproar over <i>The Interview</i>, a comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has triggered an escalating set of reactions: retaliatory threats from North Korean officials; a …

Duncan Garner: Government fails economic and political target

Since 2008, the Government has promised to deliver a budget surplus in 2014-15.<p>It started out as an economic target and it soon became a political …

Why Gas Prices Are Coming Down

In the last three years, gasoline prices in the US have declined by about 30%. A gallon of regular, which cost around $4 in 2011, can now be had for …

Oil

Facebook's Ebola Donate Button: Admirable but Flawed

Money won't solve the problem, but that won't keep Mark Zuckerberg from trying.<p>After donating $25 million of his own money to help fight the spread of Ebola, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now wants 1.3 billion of his closest friends to chip in.<p>Today, Facebook is installing an Ebola donate button to …

What doomed the American mastodon? Was it over overkill or overchill?

Meat-hungry humanity has long been suspected of hunting North American megafauna to extinction, but new research suggests that <i>Homo sapiens</i> may have gotten a bum rap -- at least when it comes to the demise of the mighty American mastodon.<p>Research published Monday in the journal PNAS argues that the …