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Doleful Anniversary

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 31, 2014
Doleful Anniversary

It’s a grimy district of four square kilometres in the center of Lodz, a city in central Poland, and it’s tremendously important in the annals of the Holocaust. Filled with a profusion of crumbling prewar tenements, the former Nazi ghetto area is synonymous with the Shoah in Poland. Since a revolt did not break out here, […]

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“Genius Of The Carpathians”

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 30, 2014
“Genius Of The Carpathians”

This autumn marks a quarter-century since the demise of the Communist dictatorships in central and eastern Europe. It all began on Sept. 11, 1989, when Hungary, which had opened its border with Austria four months earlier, gave permission for thousands of East Germans who had arrived on “vacations” to leave the country, in order to […]

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Foreign Fighters In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on August 30, 2014
Foreign Fighters In Syria

Syria is the new Afghanistan. Following the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979, thousands of foreign volunteers, many of them Muslims from the Arab world, streamed into that country to join American and Saudi-backed fighters battling the Red army. Three decades on, a similar phenomenon is unfolding in Syria as foreigners, mainly […]

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Gaza: Back To Square One

Filed in Middle East by on August 28, 2014
Gaza: Back To Square One

Tranquility has belatedly returned to southern Israel and the Gaza Strip now that the Israeli government and Hamas have begun observing an open-ended Egyptian cease fire plan that went into effect on Aug. 26. In other words, we’re back to square one — to the situation that prevailed before the eruption of fullscale war on […]

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Qatar Is A Puzzle

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 26, 2014
Qatar Is A Puzzle

There are countries that are known to punch above their weight. For better or worse, one of these of late has been the Gulf state of Qatar. A tiny country of 11,571 square kilometers jutting out from the Arabian peninsula into the Persian Gulf, its only land neighbor is Saudi Arabia. Most of its population is […]

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Prisoners Of War

Filed in Arts by on August 26, 2014
Prisoners Of War

If you liked the American television series Homeland, you’ll most probably like Prisoners of War, the Israeli version upon which it was based. Gideon Raff’s Prisoners of War, Israel’s highest rated TV drama of all time, has won nine Israeli Academy of Film & Television Awards over two seasons. It’s popularity stems from a strong […]

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The Crooked Mirror

Filed in Arts by on August 24, 2014
The Crooked Mirror

The Polish philosopher Jozef Tischner wrote, “When reflected in a crooked mirror, the face of a neighbor is distorted. The neighbor is always worse than we can imagine, he is false, treacherous, evil.” Tischner’s observations may be applied to Louise Steinman, an American Jew of Polish descent for whom Poland was “a black hole, a […]

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Barack Obama’s Dilemma

Filed in Middle East by on August 23, 2014
Barack Obama’s Dilemma

U.S. President Barack Obama finds himself on the sharp horns of a dilemma following the barbaric beheading of James Foley, an American freelance journalist, on Aug. 19. Foley was the second American reporter since Daniel Pearl to be killed by crazed Islamic radicals. Foley was murdered by Islamic State, an extremist, bloodthirsty outfit bent on […]

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Israel Faces War Of Attrition

Filed in Middle East by on August 21, 2014
Israel Faces War Of Attrition

Israel and Hamas have resumed fighting, having rejected each other’s irreconcilable demands at fruitless talks in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt. On Aug. 19, eight hours before the latest truce was to have expired, gunmen in the Gaza Strip fired rockets into Israel. In response, the Israeli and Palestinian delegations left Cairo, while Israel […]

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Bigotry In Academia

Filed in Arts by on August 20, 2014
Bigotry In Academia

p5rn7vb It’s hard to believe that American universities, supposedly the havens of enlightenment, were once the nests of bigotry. But that’s exactly the point of Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present, published by Academic Studies Press. The first volume of a multidisciplinary series on antisemitism in the United States, this book of 21 essays, […]

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