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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

Filed in Middle East by on November 16, 2018 0 Comments
Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

One more truce has ended yet another round of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip. But as we all know, none of the previous ceasefires have lasted long and have always given way to more bloodshed. The latest flareup, the most serious since the 2014 war, erupted on November 12 and petered out a […]

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Filed in Middle East by on November 15, 2018 0 Comments
Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on October 26 caught the Middle East by surprise, but it should not have been a surprising event, even though it was the first such trip by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years. For the past several years, Netanyahu has been saying that Israel has unofficial relations and cooperation […]

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Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 14, 2018 0 Comments
Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

The death of Stan Lee at the age of 95 on November 12 reminds us of the outsized role of American Jews in the development of low to middlebrow cultural industries such as comic books and Hollywood films in the 20th century. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 in New York City, the son of […]

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Surviving The Holocaust

Filed in Television by on November 13, 2018 0 Comments
Surviving The Holocaust

Dramatic reunions are the stock-in-trade of We’ll Meet Again, the PBS series hosted by Ann Curry. In the latest installment, Surviving the Holocaust, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 p.m. (check local listings), two Jewish men discover the power of friendship. Benjamin Lesser, a Polish Jew from Krakow, is a survivor […]

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Should All Nationalism Now be Considered Evil?

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 13, 2018 0 Comments
Should All Nationalism Now be Considered Evil?

For as long as I’ve been teaching university courses on nationalism, the literature in the field has contrasted civic and ethnic nationalism. The former was seen as liberal and inclusive, while the latter, in which sovereignty was based on ethnic self-determination, was viewed somewhat suspiciously. It had, some felt, the potential of veering off into […]

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Roald Dahl Is Unworthy Of A Commemorative Coin

Filed in Commentary by on November 12, 2018 0 Comments
Roald Dahl Is Unworthy Of A Commemorative Coin

Is there a child who has not read the books of the late British author Roald Dahl? Talented and prolific, he wrote such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches, both of which were read by millions of children, including my two daughters. Dahl’s books, having been translated into numerous languages, have […]

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The Stab-In-The-Back Myth

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 10, 2018 0 Comments
The Stab-In-The-Back Myth

World War I was, without a doubt, the costliest mistake ever made by international leaders. It dragged on for four years and cost some 16 million lives. It also destroyed the European political order, bringing four dynasties to their knees, as the Austro-Hungarian, German, and tsarist Russian empires all collapsed, along with the Ottoman Empire. […]

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What Will Become Of Ataturk’s Legacy?

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 9, 2018 0 Comments
What Will Become Of Ataturk’s Legacy?

The founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died eight decades ago, on November 10, 1938. But is his legacy now being buried alongside him in his Ankara mausoleum? Ataturk, known originally as Mustafa Kemal, built the Turkish Republic on the ruins of the decayed Ottoman Empire, which was defeated and stripped of […]

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Canada And The St. Louis

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 8, 2018 0 Comments
Canada And The St. Louis

Canada, belatedly, has come clean. On the eve of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous nation-wide pogrom in Germany orchestrated by Adolf Hitler’s amoral Nazi regime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an apology concerning Canada’s callous and shameful refusal to grant asylum to hundreds of desperate German Jewish refugees. In a searingly honest and heartfelt […]

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Hitler’s War On German Culture

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 8, 2018 0 Comments
Hitler’s War On German Culture

November 9 marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom ordered by Adolf Hitler in which more than 1,000 synagogues were set on fire or destroyed, and at least 91 Jews murdered, in more than 1,000 cities and towns across Germany. Most articles and books about Hitler deal with his antisemitism and military aggression. But Hitler […]

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