Norman G. Finkelstein

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He currently writes and lectures.

Finkelstein is the author of nine books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions

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Insightful article on Bernie in the Washington Post

BURLINGTON, Vt. — On Halloween night in 1980, in a dank laundry room of a public-housing project here in his adopted hometown, Bernie Sanders’s friends sat him down for a serious talk about his future. He had none. Not if he kept going as he had for the previous decade. Sanders readily conceded that, having run for Vermont governor, twice, and for U.S. Senate, twice, never winning more than 6 percent of the vote, he risked getting stuck on the fringe, perceived as a joke.

BREXIT UPDATE 33: The Peterborough By-Election: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 33: The Peterborough By-Election This was a week dominated in the British news by President Trump’s State Visit to the UK and the D-Day anniversary commemorations – but in terms of Brexit, the main story is the Peterborough by-election.  Minor though this sounds in comparison to these other two events, it is significant in relation to Brexit and a future General Election, even though its main moral is the need to go beyond Brexit.

The View from Romania (a correspondent)

The European Parliament election held these days gave rise to appalling reactions, and somber political fights in Romania, revealing how divided, how torn and conflicted the Romanian society is nowadays. I have recently witnessed one of the saddest moments of hatred and disdain, directed against the most vulnerable categories of population – old, ill-educated, poverty-stricken people. Their sin is that they support, in their great majority, the Social Democratic Party.

BREXIT UPDATE 30: The Maybot and the Men in Grey Suits: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 30: THE MAYBOT AND THE MEN IN GREY SUITS There have been dramatic developments since I posted Brexit Update 29 last Friday.  It is best to divide them into four main overlapping areas: 1) The Withdrawal Agreement Bill  (WAB) and the Maybot’s future; 2) The Labour/Conservative talks; 3) The latest polls for the European Parliament elections on May 23, together with hypothetical polls for a General Election, if it were to be held tomorrow;  4) Divisions within Labour over a second referendum. 1) The Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the Maybot’s Future

BREXIT UPDATE 29: A Disintegrating Government: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 29: A DISINTEGRATING GOVERNMENT The main developments since last Friday fall into three overlapping areas:  1) the Labour/Conservative talks; 2 ) pressure on the Maybot to resign;  her future and that of her deal; 3) the forthcoming EU elections (with debate on the meaning of the results of the local elections). 1)  The Labour/Conservative talks

BREXIT UPDATE 28: The Local Elections: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 28 What has happened in the week since Brexit Update 27, posted last Friday? Three key developments: 1) a meeting by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to decide on Labour’s manifesto for the European elections, in particular the policy on a second referendum; 2) the local elections held yesterday (Thursday May 2); 3) reported progress on the Labour Conservative talks. 1) The NEC decision on a second referendum

BREXIT UPDATE 27: Run-Up to the European Parliament Elections

BREXIT UPDATE 27 What are the new developments since I posted Brexit Update 26 just before the parliamentary Easter recess?  It is best to divide them into four overlapping areas: 1)  The Labour/Conservative talks aimed at agreeing a revised deal that Labour can support. 2)  Growing Conservative pressure on the Maybot to resign. 3)  The forthcoming local and European Parliament elections 4) Divisions within the Labour Party about a second referendum.   The Labour/Conservative talks

BREXIT UPDATE 25: On the Eve of the European Council’s Emergency Summit: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 25: On the Eve of the European Council’s Emergency Summit At the end of Brexit Update 24 on Sunday, I wrote that this week looked set to be crunch week.   So what has happened so far?  These are the main developments: 1) The Cooper/Letwin Bill

BREXIT UPDATE 24: The Maybot’s New Statement: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 24: THE MAYBOT’S NEW STATEMENT Last night (Saturday April 6), the Maybot issued a new statement, justifying her decision to talk to Corbyn about the way forward.  The statement is reproduced below.  The major changes in her attitude are: 1) She finally admits that her deal “was rejected three times by Parliament and there is no sign it can be passed in the near future”.  However, the last words suggest that she is still determined it will be passed in the end, however long it takes.

BREXIT UPDATE 23: Glimmers of Hope amid Chaos: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 23 There have been so many complicated developments since Brexit Update 22 (posted on Tuesday night) that it is best to divide them into five areas: 1) The Cooper/Letwin bill debate on Wednesday (April 3). 2) An amendment calling for a further “indicative votes” session on Monday (April 8) in order to continue the search for a consensus on the way forward. 3) The ongoing talks between Labour and Conservative leaders. 4)  Internal divisions among both Labour and Conservative MPs. 5) New proposals from the Maybot and the EU. 1) THE COOPER/LETWIN BILL

BREXIT UPDATE 22: The Maybot’s Statement: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 22:  THE MAYBOT’S STATEMENT After a seven hour “crisis meeting” of the Cabinet, today, the Maybot has issued a statement that is set out in full below (it is fairly brief).  The main points to be noted  are: 1) She has often said in speeches “I have always been clear that we could make a success of No Deal in the long-term” and she repeats this here.  This is why many MPs have been concerned that she is capable of leading the UK into a No Deal Brexit.