Philosophers For Hamas!

A leading European philosopher has declared for killing ‘Zionists’ and arming Hamas. Gabriel Brahm asks what it all means.

Václav Havel’s legacy and the struggle for human rights in Iran today

Ladan Boroumand is the cofounder and research director of The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran. In this essay she reflects on the inspirational legacy for human rights advocates of Václav Havel (1936-2011) – the antitotalitarian dissident and playwright, the last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1992-2003). Following the essay is a case study – the poet Hashem Sha’baninejad was hanged by the Iranian regime in January 2014 for ‘waging war against God’ – produced by Omid, the Foundation’s online memorial to every single known person executed or extra-judicially killed by the Islamic Republic.

The Journey of the Kurds

The journey of Iraqi Kurdistan from dictatorship to democracy has been remarkable. Gary Kent reports on the transformation of a people from the repressed objects to the dynamic subjects of history.

Dispatches from the front: a quarterly report from a roving ambassador for Israel

Welcome to Einat Wilf’s new Fathom column. A former MK and now a roving global ambassador for Israel and Zionism, she will send a quarterly dispatch from life at ‘the front.’ In this inaugural column she highlights the importance of delegations to Israel as the best tool to help people think in more nuanced ways about Israel.

The Philosophy behind ‘BDS’: a review of ‘Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics’

What is one to make of a volume of specialised essays in contemporary philosophy – a compilation including some of today’s most prominent leaders in the field – that wants to be both a highbrow offering of intellectually sophisticated, refined, radical-chic bons mots concerning the fate of Being itself, and, at the same time, a…

Jews and the Left

Dr Philip Mendes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. His new book Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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June 02, 2014, 05:39 PM Dispatches from the front: a quarterly report from a roving ambassador for Israel

Welcome to Einat Wilf’s new Fathom column. A former MK and now a roving global ambassador for Israel and Zionism, she will send a quarterly dispatch from life at ‘the front.’ In this inaugural column she highlights the importance of delegations to Israel as the best tool to help people think in more nuanced ways about Israel.

Photographs of those murdered in the genocide of the Iraqi Kurds. A small museum near Balisan, the site of Saddam's first use of chemical weapons Gary Kent
June 02, 2014, 05:38 PM The Journey of the Kurds

The journey of Iraqi Kurdistan from dictatorship to democracy has been remarkable. Gary Kent reports on the transformation of a people from the repressed objects to the dynamic subjects of history.

Michael Doran, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution, speaking at the US-Islamic World Forum, Doha, 31 May 2012 
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June 03, 2014, 02:11 PM America’s Global Dilemma

‘Reset,’ ‘Pivot,’ ‘Leading from Behind,’ ‘Red Lines,’ – the catchphrases of President Obama’s foreign policy are now often read as markers of failure, though non-intervention has been popular at home. What are the consequences of US retrenchment for the Middle East, and where will US policy go next? Fathom advisory editor Ben Cohen talked to Michael Doran about America’s global dilemma.

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