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Weekend Roundup: The Politics of Polarization Always Ends Badly | Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The Politics of Polarization Always Ends Badly | Nathan Gardels









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 THEWORLDPOSTWeekend Roundup: The Politics of Polarization Always Ends Badly

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Whether in Russia, Venezuela or Israel, the ugly politics of polarization
may work in winning elections -- but it always ends badly. Netanyahu's
scaremongering against Arab voters and dashing of a two-state solution (his bad
faith post-election backtrack notwithstanding) dispels two long-held illusions
at once: that Israeli democracy would be inclusive or that Palestinians would
have their own state. If there is no room for Palestinians anywhere, then what?

In an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post, (full
interview to be released Saturday), U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the
Israeli election, Iran and other issues. Writing from Amman, prominent
Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab draws the logical conclusion from Israel's
election results that Palestinians must now pursue their own unilateral path
and that the world community should no longer feel bound to defend Israel in
international institutions.

Israeli scholar Josef Olmert attributes Netanyahu's victory to the
"we" vs. "them" appeal to voters who feel under siege.
Writing from Tel Aviv, former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami analyzes how the fear and mistrust of the
rest of the world that drives the Israeli right dominated the election.

Danish scholar Joergen Oerstroem Moeller warns that the kind of
"nationalism, populism and xenophobia" we are witnessing these days
can lead to the abyss of a "new dark age." Former British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown tackles the issue of the growing
militarization of schools to make them safe from marauding extremists whether
in Pakistan or South Sudan.

As negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program approach their deadline,
European statesman Carl Bildt argues that ending the isolation of Iran would
turn the "cause" of Islamic revolution into a responsible country
integrated into the global community. Mika Brzezinski humanizes the Syrian refugee crisis by
telling the story of one woman's life. Writing for HuffPost Maghreb, Sana Bouagila Abdelkefi insists Tunisia's new democracy
can stand up to this week's terrorist attack on tourists.

In "Forgotten Fact" this week, we remember the
sarin gas attack 20 years ago on the Tokyo subway by the shadowy Aum Shinrikyo
cult.

Writing from Beijing, Xiong Lei examines how social media is taking on the
environmental issue in China with the viral popularity of an online documentary
about pollution, "Under the Dome." WorldPost China Correspondent Matt Sheehan asks Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directly
about whether the big oil and gas companies in China are resisting his efforts
to clean up corruption and pollution. He also reports on how LGBT couples from China are going to Los
Angeles to get married. Also writing from Beijing, I argue that the Western media missed the significance of
the just completed National People's Congress annual gathering that moved China
forward on its long march toward the rule of law.

From Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani sees the fact that America's closest
ally -- Great Britain -- joined the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment
Bank against Washington's wishes as a sign of waning American power.

John Chambers, chairman and CEO of the tech giant Cisco,
says that Europe could create 850,000 new jobs by digitizing its economy. The
WorldPost interviews Japanese robot creator Tomotaka Takahashi and his humanoid robot, Robi.
McKinsey's James Manyika and Jaana Remes propose ways in which enhanced productivityan save aging societies.

Drawing from his new book, "Data and Goliath," Harvard fellow Bruce Schneier spells out how we can protect ourselves
from digital surveillance.

A report from Fusion this week tells us we are consuming far more sugar
in our diets than we think. Our Singularity University series offers a sneak peek into
what Google's new campus in Mountain View, California will look like.


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COMMENT:

I have no doubt that whatever the intellects
have written is right but how can one deny the fact that change in Politics and
in living style is the spices of life.


In addition, the same is with polarization
when one get fed up being cheated for 67years in and out favoring the
aggressors and victims not getting even the minimum justice.


We all think very deeply with grief but who
would give justice we do not know. Do we think the Aggressor party or the
people who are impartial in new situation would? It might be a wrong move or
right whatever it is their thinking is why not trying it.



Therefore, need to assess polarization issue
case by case and not draw out right conclusion that all would end badly then it
would be a misnomer.


Surely German breaking the long standing
affiliation because of a reason which is not the same with French's cause so also
is the case with regard of UK and the others like wise.


Israel’s case is different it has become too
powerful for even US to contain it fearing its devastating power that it helped
make it powerful thinking it would remain within its bound and under US command
but it is the President's stand that luckily ventilated the UGLY face of Israel
and the indicted assassin criminal and
genocide committal criminal Netanyahu. Now the International Community
of Nations has come to know the true picture.


But alas! the Americans have been doped by
these ZIONISTS by allowing their wives , daughters, and mothers to American to
fuck has in fact spoiled the American social structural fiber of the Christian religion.
 This was done by the ZIONIST with the
help of their clan’s Lawmakers to make the Zionist's foot hold in US stronger
than the Americans themselves do.


Moreover, these are better known to the world
than the Americans themselves are. Please remember NETANYAHU IS Pursuing A
VENGEFUL MISSION TO ESTABLISH HIMSELF AS THE GREATEST JEW AVENGING ALL
COUNTRIES THAT HELPED IN CREATING HOLOCAUST to hide the Zionists ominous deed
to make Adolf Hitler to take such a drastic action.  THAT INCLUDES USA TOO. THIS HE VOWED DURING
LAST TIME HE VISITED THE HOLOCAUST SYMMETRY in Germany.  Note my words.





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