On Sept. 10, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson formally suspended Parliament until the middle of October — the longest suspension since 1945. The move, denounced by critics as constitutionally illegitimate and undemocratic, sought to sideline lawmakers from blocking Johnson’s attempts to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31, “do or die.”
It seems to have backfired. Several cabinet members, including his brother, resigned. The Conservative Party expelled 21 members of Parliament (MPs) for defying the government over Brexit. Scotland’s highest court ruled that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful; the U.K. Supreme Court will reach its own ruling later this week. MPs united both to block Britain from leaving the European Union next month without a deal and to deny Johnson an election on his terms.… Seguir leyendo »
Two weeks ago, after Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier, Israel launched one of the fiercest aerial assaults on Gaza since the 2014 war. The hostilities followed months of tension, including Palestinian rocket fire against Israeli communities and waves of Israeli airstrikes on Hamas positions in Gaza. After three wars in the past 10 years, many believe a fourth war between Israel and Hamas looms. With the peace process at an impasse, the conflict seems intractable.
But new research suggests a possible way forward. In a new working paper, Saumitra Jha of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Moses Shayo of Hebrew University found that giving Israelis a short, intensive opportunity to trade stocks made them much more willing to negotiate with the Palestinians.… Seguir leyendo »
In his first visit to Britain, Donald Trump made quite the splash. In an interview with the British newspaper the Sun, Trump criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May, suggesting that her Brexit approach would “probably kill” any trade deal between Britain and the United States. “I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” he said. The next day, he backtracked, insisting that the relationship between the two countries remained “the highest level of special.”
Trump’s visit came after a chaotic week in British politics. A few days earlier, two prominent Cabinet ministers resigned over the government’s approach to Brexit: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, one of Brexit’s most influential advocates, and Brexit Secretary David Davis.… Seguir leyendo »