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Arab List May Hold Balance Of Power

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on March 5, 2015 0 Comments
Arab List May Hold Balance Of Power

Ayman, Odeh, the leader of the newly-formed Arab List, seems confident his political bloc will fare reasonably well in Israel’s March 17 general election. “By forming a single list, we hope to win more seats and weigh in more heavily on decisions taken in this country, ” he said shortly after four Israeli Arab political parties […]

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Netanyahu Speech To Congress

Filed in Middle East by on March 4, 2015 0 Comments
Netanyahu Speech To Congress

Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on March 3, an appearance arranged without the prior knowledge of the Obama administration, Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted the emerging nuclear agreement between the major powers and Iran. Calling it a “very bad deal” that would pave the way for an Iranian nuclear arsenal, he urged […]

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Inside Syria

Filed in Arts by on March 2, 2015 0 Comments
Inside Syria

About a  month after the Arab Spring rebellions washed up on the shores of Tunisia and Egypt, Syria’s cocky president, Bashar al-Assad, bragged that a popular uprising would never break out in Syria, a police state where dissent was strictly forbidden. Four years on, Assad’s arrogant boast rings hollow. What began in March 2011 as […]

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Wild Tales

Filed in Arts by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
Wild Tales

Damian Szifron’s Spanish-language film from Argentina, Wild Tales, is dark and uproarious. An Academy Awards finalist for best foreign movie, it’s composed of six stand-alone vignettes turning on the dark side of human nature. The unifying theme is vengeance, but sub-themes revolve around rage, greed, despair, corruption, passion and infidelity. Quite a combustible mix. Scheduled […]

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Serial (Bad) Weddings

Filed in Arts by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
Serial (Bad) Weddings

France’s encounter with multiculturalism has not been a roaring success of late, judging by the Charlie Hebdo incident, the radicalization of some French Muslim youth and the spate of antisemitism that has prompted thousands of Jews to emigrate. It’s evident that the forces of xenophobia and racism are corroding French society, and that the spirit of […]

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Irish Film Festival

Filed in Arts by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
Irish Film Festival

You don’t have to be Irish to like Irish films, so enjoy the forthcoming Irish Film Festival, which runs from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox. The festival gets under way with the Toronto premiere of Standby, directed by the brothers Rob and Ronan Burke. A romantic […]

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Saving Turkish Synagogues In Izmir

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
Saving Turkish Synagogues In Izmir

Izmir, in Turkey, is the only city in the world in which an unusual cluster of synagogues, bearing a typical 16th architectural style, are preserved. Some of these synagogues are adjacent to each other, creating an historical architectural complex unique in the world, and unknown even to world Jewry. There is a real danger that some of […]

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Iranian Film Series

Filed in Arts by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Iranian Film Series

Iran’s film industry is subjected to censorship and hobbled by a poor global distribution system, but it has chalked up stellar achievements nonetheless. It has produced internationally-recognized directors like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf and films like A Separation (the first Iranian movie to win the best foreign language film award at the Academy Awards) and […]

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The Jew Who Defeated Hitler

Filed in Arts by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
The Jew Who Defeated Hitler

On Aug. 25, 1938, Der Angriff – a Nazi newspaper published in Berlin under the auspices of Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels — described Henry Morgenthau Jr., the U.S. secretary of the treasury, as “the real chief of a wide Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy” against Germany. The antipathy was mutual. Morgenthau, the sole Jew in President Franklin Roosevelt’s cabinet, hated […]

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Australia Sets An Example

Filed in Middle East by on February 25, 2015 0 Comments
Australia Sets An Example

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a new counter-terrorism strategy that other Western countries should emulate. It seems like an effective method of curtailing the spread of radical Islam. Under his proposals, announced on February 23, a senior government official will oversee counter-terrorism measures and be placed in charge of efforts to achieve better […]

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