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Kenneth Kaunda: the last giant of African nationalism and benign autocrat left a mixed legacy

Kenneth Kaunda, the former president of Zambia, who has died in hospital in the capital, Lusaka, at the age of 97, was the last of the giants of 20th century African nationalism. He was also one of the few to depart with his reputation still intact. But perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, the standing of the man who ruled over Zambia for 27 years is clouded with ambiguity.

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Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda at the inauguration of former South African president Thabo Mbeki in 2004. EFE-EPA

ISRAEL | Historic change: Arab political parties are now legitimate partners in Israel’s politics and government

JERUSALEM,  June 15, 2021 - The next government is not going to be a typical one for the citizens of the state of Israel, and especially for members of the Palestinian Arab minority, who are 20% of Israel’s population. This is the first time the Zionist political parties forming the government are including an Arab party.

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Mansour Abbas, Israeli Arab politician and leader of the Ra'am Party, in a meeting at the Israeli president’s residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool/ AFP/Getty Images

ISRAEL | Property disputes in Israel often end with Palestinian dispossession

The bombing of Gaza may have ended, the sirens in Tel Aviv silenced for now. Yet as concern over a planned June 15, 2021 march by right-wing Israeli nationalists underscores, the threat of violence in Israel is never far from the surface. It is sustained and fueled by what is at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: land and property ownership.

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ISRAEL | Property disputes in Israel often end with Palestinian dispossession

Netanyahu leaves behind a complex legacy in Israel. His successor will need to deliver change — and fast

HAIFA, Israel, June 14, 2021 - Israel’s 36th government was approved today, with a slim majority of 60–59 in the Knesset (parliament).

The new prime minister is the leader of national-religious party Yamina, Naftali Bennett. A religious person, former commander in an elite army combat unit and successful high-tech entrepreneur, Bennett was forced to form a unity government with centrist Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s second-largest party, Yesh Atid.

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Netanyahu leaves behind a complex legacy in Israel. His successor will need to deliver change — and fast
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