A League of Democracies: Dusting Off an Old Idea


During a recent interview, Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, suggested that a “League of Democracies” would help freedom-loving states survive the challenge to democratic values presented by authoritarian states and extremist ideologies.

According to Dermer, the league could be made up of a consortium of “Free World” nations unlimited by territorial region, race or culture. The alliance could be global in scope, not confined, as is NATO to a North Atlantic community of nation-states. Nor would the league be exclusively military in nature. Dermer proffered that it could include India, the world’s most populous democracy; Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy, and Japan, an Asian democracy.

Such a league might also serve as a vehicle to increase the numbers of democracies in the world: a League of Democracies could have as its overriding objective the expansion of democracy throughout the planet. This goal was previously suggested by Dermer and the former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky in their book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. In it, the authors underscore this sentiment by quoting from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress in 2003:

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Italy declares support for Yellow Vests, sparking row between Salvini and Macron


Some media coverage continues to underplay the Yellow Vest protests, which quickly evolved beyond economics.

The row over the yellow vests has exacerbated the bad blood between the French and Italian governments, with the coalition in Rome repeatedly accusing Mr Macron of failing to shoulder responsibility for the migrant crisis and of ordering asylum seekers to be rounded up in France and pushed back to Italy.

The controversy between Italy and France demonstrates that the Yellow Vest revolt is not limited to French protests over lower fuel taxes, higher tax on the wealthy, and demands for minimum wage hikes. The Yellow Vests are now being dubbed part of a “worldwide pattern of populist revolt.”

For some time, the so-called “populist” movement has been the voice of advocacy for the rule of law and the freedom of speech. It is opposed to open-door immigration and the welcome of economic migrants, to say nothing of jihadist migrants.

Along with the obvious upheavals, an inevitable result of the implementation of the globalist utopian vision is the ever-present threat of jihad terror. Following the Strasbourg Christmas market attack in Paris, Yellow Vests began planning protests in Paris and in other locations in France.

Matteo Salvini has now stoked the Yellow Vest movement in his declaration: “I support honest citizens who protest against a president who governs against his own people.” Salvini is describing not just Macron, but globalist leaders everywhere. The Yellow Vests are a movement of defense.

Macron’s rebuttal was to reference the “populist movement” as the rise of “leprosy.”

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Reviewing the sourcing of BBC Radio 4 December 26 news bulletins

BBC Watch

Listeners to BBC Radio 4 on December 26th heard some interestingly sourced news bulletins concerning an alleged Israeli attack on sites in Syria late on the evening of December 25th. [emphasis in bold added, emphasis in italics in the original]

Among the headlines at the start of BBC Radio 4’s December 26th “Midnight News” programme was:

Israel has attacked a weapons site in Syria and says it’s intercepted a Syrian missile heading towards its territory.”

There was however no confirmation at that stage of that highlighted claim.

Later on (from 02:31 here) listeners were told that:

Newsreader: “Syria says its air defences have intercepted missiles fired by Israeli aircraft close to the capital Damascus but it acknowledged that an arms dump had been hit. Youssef Taha has more details.”

Taha: “A Syrian military official said that most of the missiles were brought down…

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Jews Are no Different than We Have Ever Been

Beyond the Cusp

The anti-hate groups get all flustered over Islamophobia but could not care less about other religious groups being targeted and slaughtered all over the world. The anti-hate groups get all up in arms over sensitivity for Blacks and immigrants of all kinds but could not care less about the oldest immigrants whose reason for being far from their homelands dates back to the Roman Empire efforts to destroy them by spreading then throughout their empire and beyond. The anti-hate groups claim to be concerned about anti-Semitism but when the opportunity arises when they can speak up, silence. They talk about Israel being the oppressors of the Palestinian Arabs ignoring the facts which tell of their being ruled by their own kind. In Gaza, where there is no Israeli presence, they chose to have Hamas as their government and dedicated their entire economy not for their own well-being, but for…

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UK Education Union Backtracks After Promoting BDS and Pledging to Blacklist Ads From Israeli Companies


The largest education union in the United Kingdom backtracked on a pledge to boycott advertisements from Israeli companies, with its co-head confirming on Wednesday that the statement was “made in error.”

The clarification came after criticism of a statement made by the National Education Union (NEU) — which claims more than 500,000 members — in the January/February 2019 issue of its magazine, which responded to a concern raised by a subscriber identified as Ian R K Davies from Edinburgh, who said he was pleased to read that the Trades Union Congress endorsed a motion in September “in favour of Palestinian citizens of Israel and of Palestinian refugees” in the previous edition.

The measure was passed without opposition, with dozens of audience members waving Palestinian flags and holding banners reading “I support Palestine.”

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US Pullout from Syria: Who Will Fill the Vacuum?


U.S. President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria (and Afghanistan) was music to Turkish ears. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called it “the clearest and most encouraging statement” from Washington.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu welcomed Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar vowed that that Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers as top regional security threat, would soon be “buried in the trenches that they dig.”

The way Trump made that decision has also given new ammunition to Turkey’s pro-Erdoğan media to portray the decision as “Erdoğan’s victory.” The media, in Turkey and abroad, widely reported that Trump decided on the pullout after a Dec. 14 telephone conversation with Erdoğan. According to Washington’s official account of the conversation, the two leaders had “agreed to continue coordinating to achieve our respective security objectives in Syria.”

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