Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 25 June 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Storming Statues

Frenzied removals from their proverbial pedestals

By David E. Kaplan

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Protector needs Protection. Defender against global oppression, Churchill today under attack.

With the toppling of Washington in Portland and the boarding up of Churchill in London, it would seem few statues of yesterday’s heroes are safe today.  Not true. Those stone and bronze kings, queens, statesmen and religious leaders who persecuted Jews are unlikely to make the frenzied ‘Hit List’!



Cancelling “Cancel Culture”

By Rolene Marks

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Public Shame. Mob mentality mobilizes against those with divergent views.

Whatever happened to the art of conversation and polite debate?” when people engaged in “robust, often passionate discussion” without fear. In the era of social media, the writer explores the disturbing new phenomenon of people being “cancelled” or culturally blocked from having a prominent public platform or career by public shaming.



Wanted: A Runner with Soul

By Stephen Schulman

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True Grit. Flanked by the Ben Dors, Gil defiantly crosses the finishing line in Berlin.

Behind reaching the highest peak or finishing line on their soles is an organisation with soul. Israel’s 180° organization founded by the father and son team of Offer and Gai Ben Dor, empowers people with disabilities and special needs to fulfil their dreams.





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