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Must Britain Be Ever in Thrall to the Tories and Labor?

Our Brexit Diarist Presses the Question

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
June 21, 2021

“John Bercow Defects To Labor,” reads the Guardian headline. Did ever a scoop offer less reason to “stop the presses”? Too many Tories will admit, however, that the former Speaker of the House of Commons is not the only Conservative whose adherence to…

Will Boris Johnson Meet His Waterloo on the ‘Sunlit Uplands’ of Brexit? 

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
June 18, 2021

British polemist Hilaire Belloc, introducing his primer on the Battle of Waterloo, hinted at a paradox: Did Wellington, acclaimed victor, in fact lose at Waterloo? Was victory inexorably won by Napoleon, whose hubris we believe lost him the battle?…

Message to Iran: ‘The Era of Lies Is Over’ 

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 15, 2021

As Israel’s new government settles in, President Biden and Prime Minister Bennett agree to disagree on Iran — which means we could be at the start of a geopolitical game of good-cop-bad-cop. Addressing the Knesset before the Sunday vote that made him…

While BoJo Hosts the G7, Labor Party Woes Mask Weakness of Conservatives

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
June 12, 2021

“Never interfere with an enemy in the process of destroying itself,” Napoleon astutely observed. With Britain’s ruling Conservatives enjoying the “weather gauge” and their Labor opposition in the doldrums, Napoleon’s military metaphor is no less apt…

Pandemic Will Alter China’s Relationship With the World

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 9, 2021

The tidal wave of probability, circumstantial evidence of such mass and consistency that it is now almost irrefutable, that the novel coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, will alter China’s relationship with the world and…

An Israeli Government Without Bibi Starts To Look Possible

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Says Our Man at the U.N.

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 29, 2021

As the prospect of a non-Bibi government begins to emerge in Israel, some in Washington, Europe and Turtle Bay cheer, hoping for a sharp left turn in Jerusalem. Hey there: as Larry David warns, curb your enthusiasm. If agreements are finalized, the…

Has Harry Become ‘America’s Problem’? If only, Says Our Brexit Diarist

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
May 29, 2021

“You can keep them!” Many monarchists echo Nigel Farage’s sentiments in respect of the Sussexes, Harry and Meghan. Mr. Farage appeared with Stuart Varney of Fox News, where he told the host that the royal couple were now “America’s problem.” If only…

Israel Proves That Missile Defense, Long Mocked by Left, Works in an Actual War

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 25, 2021

The concept of missile defense, long mocked by mainstream journalists, was a big winner in the recent combat between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group. Prime Minister Netanyahu underscored that in remarks this morning with Secretary of State Blinken at Jerusalem, Israel, thanking Mr. Blinken for “replenishments of Iron Dome interceptors that saved civilian lives.”

All Eyes Turn To Vienna, Where Hush-Hush Talks Resume With Iran

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 24, 2021

While for eleven days all eyes were on Gaza, America reportedly made significant gains in President Biden’s drive to revive the articles of appeasement with Iran. Opponents of that deal, struck in 2015 by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry…

Changing on Israel, Democrats Turn Toward Iran

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
May 20, 2021

There was a time in American politics — stretching all the way back to Harry Truman — when political and financial leaders in the Jewish community were staunch supporters of the Democratic Party. Especially the national Democratic Party in…

Can BoJo Scotch Scottish Secession?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
May 18, 2021

That Scotland will seek a second referendum on whether to secede from the United Kingdom seems certain given the result of the latest election. For Unionists, unfortunately, whether the Scots succeed in sundering the Union is an open question…

Feint by Israel May Have Delivered a Major Blow to Hamas

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 14, 2021

If all’s fair in love and war, why is everyone on the IDF spokesman’s case? For it looks like Israel has pulled off one of the shrewdest military feints since the eve of D-Day, when America fielded the First United States Army Group. Just after…

British Conservatives Best Avoid Getting Too Chuffed

More Principled Rightists Lurk If They Forget the Reason for Brexit, Our Diarist Warns

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
May 14, 2021

With the dust settled from last week’s local elections in the United Kingdom, a few observations suggest themselves to your Brexit Diarist. For while the Conservative Party is chuffed by its drubbing of the Labor opposition, their own comeuppance may…

One Hundred Years On, Could Brexit Deliver a United Ireland?

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
May 13, 2021

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United Kingdom partitioning Ireland into two domains, north and south, under the terms of the Government of Ireland Act. Ever since May 3, 1921, that fateful split has bedeviled British politics and today is an obstacle to the nation’s withdrawal from the European Union. Could this be the moment for Britain to embrace a Unified Ireland?

A Not-So-Little War Brings Palestinian Arabs Back To the Middle East Stage

By JOSEF JOFFE, Special to the Sun
May 13, 2021

On the sympathy scale, it is good to be a Palestinian, but not so good to be a Kurd, Uighur, Tibetan, Copt, Yezidi, Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, or West-Saharan, whose land has been occupied by Morocco since the Seventies. This is the short list of those who are oppressed or slaughtered, but are hardly worthy of attention.

As Biden Tries To Get the Band Back Together, Iran’s Ally Attacks Israel

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 10, 2021

Let’s retire the phrase “fake news.” The right word for the statements from the Biden White House, the State Department, the Europeans and the United Nations, all of whom are calling for a de-escalation of the violence in Jerusalem, is counterfactual…

As Scots Go To the Polls, How Does Brexit Fit In?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
May 5, 2021

Are Brexiteers who oppose the secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom hypocrites? Aren’t arguments for Scotch sovereignty and independence equally applicable in relation to rule from Westminster, as from Brussels? Such comments circulate, as the…

Canada Has Been Put, by Vast Borrowing, on a Treadmill to Oblivion

It Should Lead the World Back to Hard Currencies, Counsels  Conrad Black

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 3, 2021

Once again, it is my duty to remind readers that our federal government is apparently preparing to call a premature election based on what it believes to be the popularity it has earned for its handling of the COVID crisis. Apart from per capita…