IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Israel set on path to self destruction - Another West Bank land grab

Every comment on Israel’s recent behaviour must recognise that the country was under attack by Hamas. Every comment must recognise that any country under attack is obliged to defend itself. Every comment must acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and its citizens’ right to live free from persecution or discrimination.

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Target the punters - Laws on prostitution

The welcome intervention from former US president Jimmy Carter, in which he encouraged legislators to take the advice offered last year by a Dáil committee on laws around prostitution, highlights again our tardiness in introducing legislation designed to protect the exploited and vulnerable. Even if we know it is good advice and it is supported by all political parties. $90.

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Far too slow - School patronage

It should come as no surprise that Jan O’Sullivan, the education minister, had to concede yesterday that plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are not progressing as quickly as had been hoped.

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Still turning a blind eye - Confronting sex crimes

We are very quick to condemn the public gang rapes, sometimes followed by the victim’s murder, that seem routine in India.

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End impasse - Talks on rail strike

Talks between Irish rail management and unions aimed at averting further strike action resume at midday today.

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Remembering Martha - We prefer to avoid the hard truths

In the spring of 1860, America’s Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History tells us, a flock of passenger pigeons estimated at more than 3.7 billion — yes, billion — flew over Ontario.

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Property rights are not unquestionable

Abortion may be the divisive issue in this and many other societies but that is probably because we have not discussed property rights and the impact that idea, that vague but apparently inviolable principle, has right across society.

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Eircom - privatisation was disastrous

Broadband failure

The privatisation of Eircom just 15 years ago was one of the most disastrous public policy decisions in the history of the State.

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Securing smartphones - Making thieves redundant

Smartphone theft accounts for 30% to 40% of all American urban crime according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Peacekeepers kidnapped - Crisis looms

The detention — or kidnapping if you prefer — yesterday of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by militants fighting the Syrian army, introduces a new layer of complexity and danger into an already dreadful situation.

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