This week, President Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will frame the climate change discussion at the U.N. as a simple way to confront the rising tides effecting coastal and island countries. There will be much talk from wealthy and developed nations about not ignoring these problems while poor and underdeveloped countries will eagerly agree to any action plan that includes money. But the two sides have very different goals.
The embers of anti-Semitism still burn in Germany. This was clear during summer demonstrations against the war in Gaza. Anti-Israeli protesters crossed a line when they engaged in hate speech and violence against Jews, breaking all German taboos and laws against such speech. Police reaction was weak.