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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

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, edited […]

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Cochin’s Blend of Cultures

Filed in Travel by on August 20, 2014
Cochin’s Blend of Cultures

A lush, palm-fringed island in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Fort Cochin is a cosmopolitan blend of cultures and an oasis of calm. Inhabited by Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews, it’s a mirror image of India’s rainbow of ethnic and religious groups. Part of greater Cochin, or Kochi, Fort Cochin faces the Arabian Sea […]

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Personification of Evil

Filed in Arts by on August 19, 2014
Personification of Evil

Who could have known? Heinrich Himmler was born into a “normal” German family, yet he would become one of the architects of the Holocaust. “Nothing in Himmler’s childhood and youth, spent in a sheltered, conservative Catholic home typical of the educated bourgeoisie of Wilhelmine Germany, would suggest that someone with clearly abnormal characteristics was growing up […]

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War Curriculum

Filed in Middle East by on August 18, 2014
War Curriculum

Since 1949, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, a body supported by the international community, has spent billions of dollars tending to the humanitarian needs of more than one million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. The refugees, having been displaced from their homes in 1948 and 1967, certainly require assistance. But should the […]

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Rogue States, Failed States

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 15, 2014
Rogue States, Failed States

The demise of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 has led to Islamic militias fighting for control of the country. The overthrow of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in 2003 has seen the country collapse, as a full-scale insurgency by Sunni Islamists has been mounted against the Shi’ite government in Baghdad. In Syria, a weakened Bashar al-Assad’s regime is […]

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The Hezbollah Threat

Filed in Middle East by on August 15, 2014
The Hezbollah Threat

In what was an epic failure of intelligence during its most recent war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Israel stumbled upon a cross-border tunnel network of frightening proportions of which it had scant knowledge. The discovery prompted Israeli pundits to speculate whether Hezbollah, Israel’s Shiite enemy to the north, possesses the same array of […]

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A Youth In Nazi Germany

Filed in Arts by on August 14, 2014
A Youth In Nazi Germany

Joachim Fest’s thoughtful memoirs of his boyhood and youth, Not I (Other Press), transport a reader to a terrible time and a horrible place. Born in Berlin into a conservative Catholic family, Fest was seven years old when Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany. Fest’s father, Johannes, a German patriot and a supporter of the […]

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America’s Frankenstein

Filed in Middle East by on August 12, 2014
America’s Frankenstein

Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is America’s Frankenstein. The United States empowered him, and now it is trying to get rid of him. Plucked from obscurity by Washington in 2006 to succeed Ibrahim al-Jaafari as Iraq’s next prime minister, Maliki, a Shiite, has been a thorn in its side ever since. Volatile and mercurial, Maliki is currently […]

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Where’s Turkey Heading?

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 10, 2014
Where’s Turkey Heading?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been Turkey’s prime minister since 2003, and also chairs the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, has now been elected president of the republic for a five-year term. Erdogan, the first popularly elected head of state, […]

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