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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BREXIT UPDATE 16: The European Council’s Complex Decision: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 16:  THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL’S COMPLEX DECISION At the end of Brexit Update 15, I imagined a possible scenario in which Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council of Ministers, saved the UK, literally “at the eleventh hour”, from the catastrophe of exiting the EU without a deal, by summoning, on the night of March 28, an emergency meeting of the Council that would decide on a long extension of the leaving date.

BREXIT UPDATE 15: The Eleventh Hour: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 15: THE ELEVENTH HOUR Brexit Update 14, posted on Wednesday afternoon (March 20) reported news of the letter sent on that day by the Maybot to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for a three-month extension to Article 50.  Since then, there have been three main developments.

BREXIT UPDATE 13: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 13: THE MARCH 14 DEBATE:  THE MAYBOT’S GAMBLE At the end of Brexit Update 12, I wrote that on March 13 the Maybot &; in her brief, extremely hoarse comments after the government’s motion on No Deal had nominally won but had in fact lost because she had ordered the entire Conservative Party to vote against it –

GAZANS CALL FOR SOLIDARITY ON MARCH 30

The Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege has appealed to the solidarity movements, civil society organizations and all the world’s free and human rights advocates to declare Saturday, March 30, the forty-third anniversary of Palestinian Land Day, the first anniversary of the launch of the GMR a day of international solidarity with the demands of the Palestinian people to break the siege, return and freedom.

BREXIT UPDATE 9: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 9:  The February 27 Debate:  Countdown to March 29 To begin with a brief recapitulation of Brexit Update 8: in her statement on Tuesday, February 26, the Maybot, faced with the prospect of Cabinet resignations in order to vote for the threatened Cooper-Letwin Amendment, presented a timetable according to which: 1) On March 12 she will present a revised version of her deal to Parliament 2) If her deal is voted down, MPs will vote on March 13 on whether or not to accept No Deal

BREXIT UPDATE 8: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 8: SWIMMING ROUND IN CIRCLES Today, in yet another “Groundhog Day” statement to the House of Commons, the Maybot, making use of the Alice-in-Wonderland logic that we have come to expect from her, set out her March Hare timetable: 1) On March 12, she will present a revised version of her deal to Parliament for debate and vote. 2)  If the deal is again voted down, Parliament will vote on March 13 on the question of whether or not it wants to leave the EU on March 29 with No Deal.

PHIL SOCIETY PRESIDENT SORCHA RYDER: DIDN’T YOU KNOW THE PHIL’S A SHAM AND SCAM?

TRINITY PHIL SOCIETY A SHAM AND SCAM:  So Says Sorcha Ryder’s Defender On 14 July 2018, I was informed by Sorcha Ryder, President of the Trinity University Philosophical Society (Dublin), that I was “chosen to receive the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society” and that I had “topped the lists of elected Patrons voted on by Fellows, Staff and Students of the College.” But it slowly dawned on Ryder that receiving me wasn’t a prudent career move.

BREXIT UPDATE 6: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 6:  The VALENTINE’S DAY DEBATE: NOT A MASSACRE BUT NOT A LOVE-IN EITHER FOR THERESA MAY The government motion put forward on Valentine’s Day for debate and vote was: “This House welcomes the Prime Minister’s statement of 12th February, 2019; reiterates its support for the approach to leaving the EU expressed by this House on 29th January 2019; and notes that  discussions between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the Northern Ireland backstop are ongoing.”

A Trinity College Alumnus Speaks!

Dear Dr Finkelstein,
It was not that long ago that I attended a lecture you gave in Dublin, at the invitation of the UCD philosophical society. Even though you were under the weather at the time, you nevertheless gave a stimulating talk. It was very well attended. UCD is my old Alma Mater where I qualified in 1974 so I was quite proud to be present on that occasion.The following evening you were invited by the Phil to give a talk at Trinity College. I would like to have attended there also but was unfortunately unable to do so.

BREXIT UPDATE 3: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE 3: THE BRADY AMENDMENT:  CLUTCHING AT A STRAW Nineteen amendments were tabled for yesterday’s parliamentary debate on Theresa May’s Plan B (which is the same as her Plan A).  The Speaker selected seven amendments for debate and vote.  Of these, only two passed.  The five that were defeated are listed with comments at the end of this update.  The two that passed were:

BREXIT UPDATE 1: Guest Post by Deborah Maccoby

BREXIT UPDATE: PART 1: THE NORTHERN IRELAND BACKSTOP Last Tuesday (January 15) the British House of Commons rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 230 votes.  The parliamentary defeat was the largest sustained by any British government in history; the previous record was held by Ramsay Macdonald in 1924, who lost by 166 votes.  Why was the deal defeated – and by such a massive majority? THE NORTHERN IRELAND BACKSTOP The crux of the deal’s rejection by Parliament is the Northern Ireland backstop. What is the Northern Ireland backstop?

WHEN THE STENCH OF CORRUPTION REEKS TO HIGH HEAVEN: Sorcha Ryder, Niamh Lynch, and Truth

WHEN THE STENCH OF CORRUPTION REEKS TO HIGH HEAVEN An Open Letter to Students, Faculty and Staff at Trinity College (Dublin)     If one’s olfactory organ comes under assault from the foul stench of official corruption, then what’s to be done: cover one’s nose or clear the air?   I’ve opted for the latter civic course of action.  

HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND How the President of Trinity University Philosophical Society Rectified an Error

How the President of Trinity University Philosophical Society Rectified an Error On 14 July 2018, I was informed by Sorcha Ryder, President of the Trinity University Philosophical Society (Dublin), that I was “chosen to receive the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society” and that I had “topped the lists of elected Patrons voted on by Fellows, Staff and Students of the College.”