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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

p5rn7vb 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 […]

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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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