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The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is reckless

JERUSALEM is both heavenly and earthly, holy and sinful. Ten measures of beauty God gave to the world, nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest,' says the Talmud. Sometimes, however, it seems as if ten measures of suffering God gave to the world, nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest. The medieval Arab ...

Worry about the Republicans' tax bill—and how it was passed

SOME political theorists argue that the law draws legitimacy not just from voting, but also from public debate before legislation is passed. In voting through a tax-reform bill on December 2nd, Republicans in Congress have tested this principle to destruction. The bill, like most, has its strengths ...

Ukraine is a mess; the West should press it harder to fight graft

AFTER the Maidan revolution and the start of the Russian war against Ukraine in 2014, Western policy had two aims: to halt and punish Russian aggression and to help Ukraine become a democratic state governed by the rule of law. America imposed sanctions on Russia, ordered the president, Petro ...

The WTO is under threat from the Trump administration

FOR Roberto AzevĂŞdo, its director-general, the WTO is a hostage of its own success'. For President Donald Trump it is a disaster'. Mr Trump would not be alone in balking at Mr AzevĂŞdo's formulation, meant to manage down expectations for the WTO's two-yearly ministerial meeting in Argentina later ...

The battle in AI

TWO letters can add up to a lot of money. No area of technology is hotter than AI, or artificial intelligence. Venture-capital investment in AI in the first nine months of 2017 totalled $7.6bn, according to PitchBook, a data provider; that compares with full-year figures of $5.4bn in 2016. ...

The choice that could save South Africa, or wreck it

SOUTH AFRICA'S Constitutional Court may be the world's most emotionally powerful building. The courtroom is built with the bricks of the Old Fort prison, where both Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were held. A glass strip around the courtroom, allowing passers-by to see in, represents ...