Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, Defends Sharing Seder With Jewdas

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, Defends Sharing Seder With Jewdas Photo Jeremy Corbyn, center, has been at war with a sizable section of lawmakers from his Labour Party, many of whom say he would not make a credible prime minister. Credit Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — After days of damaging headlines, a crisis over anti-Semitism within Britain’s opposition Labour Party seemed to be fading, following reassuring statements and a contrite — if belated — apology from its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
But for his critics, actions speak louder than words, and on Monday there was a new chorus of criticism when it emerged that Mr. Corbyn had attended a Passover event organized by Jewdas, a left-wing Jewish group that is highly critical of mainstream Jewish organizations and of Israel.
Jewdas describes itself as a forum for “radical voices for the alternative diaspora.” It has called Israel a “steaming pile of sewage,” while criticizing those who organized recent protests aga..

Nonfiction: A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’

Supported by Book Review | Nonfiction A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’ Photo Credit Sophy Hollington BLUE DREAMS
The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds
By Lauren Slater
400 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $28.
In 1988, Lauren Slater put a single cream-and-green pill in her mouth and, with a sip of water, became one of the first patients in the United States to take Prozac. She also emerged as one of its most poetic chroniclers when she detailed her heady, complex love affair with the drug in “Prozac Diary” (1998).
Thirty years since that first dose, neither Slater nor the drug has aged particularly well. Slater, who has spent much of her life wrestling with bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders, jumped from an initial prescription of 10 milligrams to 20 to 30 to 60, landing at 80 mg, which is where she left off in “Prozac Diary.” A doctor eventually upped her dose to 100 mg a day — 20 beyond what’s F.D.A. approved. But the drug tha..

Disney Offers to Buy Sky News to Aid Rupert Murdoch’s Bid for Sky

Disney Offers to Buy Sky News to Aid Rupert Murdoch’s Bid for Sky Photo Disney has offered to buy Sky News outright to help Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, the bulk of whose assets it hopes to buy, gain regulatory approval its own bid to buy the news channel’s parent company. Credit David Moir/Reuters LONDON — The Walt Disney Company offered to buy Sky News on Tuesday — but not because the British news channel is core to Disney’s business.
Instead, the offer is meant to help Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox buy full control of Sky News’s parent company, the broadcaster Sky, a deal that has languished amid concern here in Britain that Mr. Murdoch could assume too much control over the country’s media.
Disney has a stake in the outcome of that transaction. It agreed late last year to buy the bulk of Fox’s assets — including Mr. Murdoch’s international broadcasting operations, of which Sky is a part — for $52.4 billion. And it is competing against Comcast, the American cable giant tha..