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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

Filed in Middle East by on September 20, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

The Iran nuclear agreement, the object of Donald Trump’s withering wrath, could well be in jeopardy. The U.S. president has denigrated the accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Geneva in the summer of 2015, as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” Furthermore, he has threatened to abandon it unless it is […]

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Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Filed in Middle East by on September 19, 2017 0 Comments
Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Draft- dodging seems to come naturally to the ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, community in Israel. While tens of thousands of new recruits are called up annually to do their national service, risking life and limb to protect their fellow citizens, the vast majority of able-bodied haredi men shamelessly shirk their duty, claiming that their Torah studies […]

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Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 17, 2017 0 Comments
Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

In 2004, I co-edited a book, De Facto States: The Quest for Sovereignty, that was to include a chapter on Iraqi Kurdistan. The person asked to write it didn’t come through, though, so it wasn’t included. Today such an article would be an absolute necessity. It’s been a long time coming, but on September 25 […]

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The New Right In Germany

Filed in Commentary by on September 16, 2017 0 Comments
The New Right In Germany

The Alternative for Germany, a marginal far right-wing political party founded four years ago, is on the cusp of a historic breakthrough. The AFD, which currently holds 13 seats in German state assemblies and in the European Parliament, is widely expected to win eight to 11 percent of the votes in the September 24 general […]

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The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

Filed in Arts by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

The Nazi machinery of mass murder is on stark and clinical display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The Evidence Room, a chilling and ghostly exhibition of white plaster components of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, examines the central role that architecture played in the construction of this extermination camp in Poland. The Evidence Room, which […]

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Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 14, 2017 0 Comments
Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

For two and a half years, Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which its internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by a coalition supported by the United States and Britain, is trying to roll back the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sana’a. […]

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Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

In 1975, when Toronto was still considered by some as something of a culinary backwater, I began writing a series of stories about Jewish delicatessens and restaurants in the city for a Canadian Jewish newspaper. My first story was illustrated by a photograph of yours truly sitting contentedly in front of a pastrami sandwich and […]

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Jewish Youth And Identity In Postwar France

Filed in Books by on September 12, 2017 0 Comments
Jewish Youth And Identity In Postwar France

As Vichy police and German forces rounded up Jews in France, deporting them to Nazi concentration camps in Poland, thousands of desperate Jewish parents placed their children with non-Jewish families or Christian institutions, hoping they would be reunited with them after the war. Thirty thousand children survived the Nazi occupation. One-third of them, having been hidden, […]

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Narcos — A Rousing Third Season

Filed in Television by on September 10, 2017 0 Comments
Narcos — A Rousing Third Season

The third season of Narcos, the taut crime thriller from Netflix, draws a viewer into its vortex of intrigue, skullduggery and violence. It’s set in Colombia, a South American country where drug cartels loom large and where corruption at the highest levels of government and law enforcement is an endemic and recurring problem. During the […]

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Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Filed in Middle East by on September 9, 2017 0 Comments
Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Syrian government spokespersons have steadfastly denied deploying chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, but these claims have always rung hollow. Last spring, as per usual, the Syrian regime shamelessly stuck to its script by denying responsibility for a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in northern Syria. The strike killed 83 civilians […]

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