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Columnist: Today’s World Is Not Henry Kissinger’s
Henry Kissinger has lamented that Americans are unwilling to accept that international relations is a remorseless struggle among states. In a world in which seems to be torn by war and tribal conflict, is global cooperation possible?

The world, as James Traub frames it in Foreign Policy, is one in which “state relations have become more conflictual than they were a decade ago; but states, collectively, are much weaker than they were, far less able to control the forces of popular discontent, cultural fragmentation, resource scarcity, environmental degradation.”

In the fact of this conflict, the United States no longer has either the will or the capacity to reassure allies or scare off adversaries as it once could.

World order, he writes, “looks increasingly like a chimera. A good deal of the aggressive state meddling, above all in the Middle East, is an attempt to control the chaos prompted by these fissiparous forces.”

Amnesty International Reports On Worsening Situation In Syria
Forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a daily basis in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, according to a report issued today by Amnesty International.

“Widespread atrocities, in particular the vicious and unrelenting aerial bombardment of civilian neighbourhoods by government forces, have made life for civilians in Aleppo increasingly unbearable. These reprehensible and continual strikes on residential areas point to a policy of deliberately and systematically targeting civilians in attacks that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Protests Highlight Issues Of Race In Israel
On Sunday, Ethiopian Jews living in Israel protested in the streets to draw attention to a recent case in which a black Israeli soldier was beaten by the police, but the crowds shed light on an undercurrent of discrimination that exists in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the next day with representatives of the Ethiopian Jewish community to pledge his government would take action to combat racism.

“We must stand together as one against the phenomenon of racism, to denounce it and eliminate it,” he said.

The Ethiopian Jews were first brought to Israel in the 1980s at a time when their native nation was embroiled in war and the protests in Tel Aviv shine light on the difficulty Israel is having integrating them into their society.

The challenge will be greater as more than half of the 135,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel live in poverty, and only half even have a high school degrees.

 

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