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Inside The New York Times

Filed in Arts by on July 23, 2014
Inside The New York Times

I‘ve read The New York Times for many years now and consider it a great newspaper. Daniel Schwartz, the author of End Times? Crises and Turmoil at The New York Times (State University of New York Press), concurs. “I believe the Times is still the best and most influential newspaper in the world,” he writes […]

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Unique Shopping Mall

Filed in Travel by on July 22, 2014
Unique Shopping Mall

It’s a mall with a difference. The Manufactura Center, a sprawling complex of bright red brick buildings in the heart of the Polish city of Lodz, looks a lot like any sleek shopping mall in North America or Europe. Set on 27 hectares at the corner of Zachodnia and Ogrodowa streets, this modern mall has […]

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Nuclear Talks Extended

Filed in Middle East by on July 21, 2014
Nuclear Talks Extended

On July 18, two days before the deadline for reaching a permanent agreement on the future of Iran’s controversial nuclear program was due to expire, six major powers and Iran agreed to extend the talks by four months to Nov. 24, matching the day an interim accord was signed in Geneva in 2013. In commenting […]

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Israeli Arabs Alienated

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 20, 2014
Israeli Arabs Alienated

The current war waged by Israel against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the third in six years, has again resulted in Israeli Arab protests in various towns and cities, led by the Islamic Movement in Israel, Balad (National Democratic Assembly), and Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality). Some of the protesters were reported to have waved Palestinian flags […]

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Land Ho! is joyous

Filed in Arts by on July 19, 2014
Land Ho! is joyous

The classic road picture features two guys who travel to an exotic destination and indulge themselves to the fullest. This is what basically happens in Land Ho!, which unfolds against the backdrop of Iceland’s stark volcanic landscape. The protagonists, Mitch (Early Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), are brothers-in-law who drifted apart after their respective […]

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Midnight In Europe

Filed in Arts by on July 19, 2014
Midnight In Europe

Alan Furst’s novel, Midnight in Europe (Random House), is the first I’ve read by this author, and I’m quite impressed. Furst, an American, writes spy novels set in Europe on the eve of World War II. Previous works have included The Spies of Warsaw and The Foreign Correspondent. Judging by his latest offering, one can appreciate […]

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Imperilled Relationship

Filed in Middle East by on July 18, 2014
Imperilled Relationship

Israel’s strained relationship with Turkey has grown considerably colder since Israel and Hamas went to war 11 days ago. After the Israeli armed forces launched Operation Protective Edge, Turkey urged Israel to immediately halt its offensive, warning it would jeopardize ongoing efforts to normalize bilateral ties. With Turkey’s plea having fallen on deaf ears, Turkish Prime […]

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Crimes Against Humanity

Filed in Middle East by on July 17, 2014
Crimes Against Humanity

A few days ago, a diplomat said, “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile, constitute a crime against humanity, whether (they) hit or miss, because (they) are directed against civilian targets.” He added that Israel issues a warning to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip before a particular site […]

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The Truth At Last

Filed in Middle East by on July 15, 2014
The Truth At Last

On July 11, during the opening phase of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s current cross-border war with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally came clean. He cited the war as a prime example of why he will neither make significant territorial concessions in the West Bank nor allow the Palestinians to exercise full sovereignty within […]

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Polish Violinist Left Enduring Musical Legacy

Filed in Arts by on July 14, 2014
Polish Violinist Left Enduring Musical Legacy

Did you know that the great Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman was the founder of a world-class Israeli orchestra? Huberman (1882-1947) was the prime mover behind the formation of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which in 1948 changed its name to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Josh Aronson’s documentary, Orchestra of Exiles, explores Huberman’s career and his lasting […]

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