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Benito Mussolini — A Backward Glance At A Dictator

Filed in Television by on January 16, 2019 0 Comments
Benito Mussolini — A Backward Glance At A Dictator

The emergence of right-wing populist fringe groups in Europe today could well owe its origins to one man — Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943. Some have dismissed him as a buffoon, but this would be a false and misleading appraisal of the architect of fascism, which plunged continental Europe into darkness. A […]

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Steve King’s Abhorrent Views Rejected

Filed in Commentary by on January 15, 2019 0 Comments
Steve King’s Abhorrent Views Rejected

Steve King, a nine-term Republican congressman from Iowa, should have known better than to conflate Western civilization with white supremacy. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he put his foot in his mouth when he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” His subsequent observation concerning the […]

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Rising Out Of Hatred

Filed in Books by on January 14, 2019 0 Comments
Rising Out Of Hatred

Derek Black, the great white hope of the neo-Nazi movement in the United States, disavowed his beliefs in 2013, transformed himself and disappeared from view. Eli Saslow, a Washington Post reporter who wondered what had happened, tracked him down and interviewed Black and his family and friends. Saslow’s compelling book, Rising Out of Hatred: The […]

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A Blindingly White World Of Ice And Snow

Filed in Travel by on January 13, 2019 0 Comments
A Blindingly White World Of Ice And Snow

It’s the highest mountain peak in Switzerland accessible by train. At 3,454 metres above sea level, Jungfraujoch, commonly referred to as the Top of Europe, towers majestically over the alpine village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps. Peaks of this dizzying height normally can only be reached by expert climbers. But Jungfraujoch can be accessed by anyone […]

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U.S. Adjusts Its Policy In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on January 11, 2019 0 Comments
U.S. Adjusts Its Policy In Syria

Less than a month after President Donald Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria within 30 days, the United States has adjusted its Syrian policy, much to Israel’s relief. Trump’s announcement on December 19 alarmed Israel, which feared that a precipitous U.S. pullout would leave a dangerous vacuum in Syria that Iran, Israel’s fiercest […]

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Filed in Film by on January 9, 2019 0 Comments
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

A low-key but vibrant film about quiet desperation and survival, Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? is never less than absorbing. The chief protagonist, New York-based author Lee Israel, finds herself in dire straits in the early 1990s. Israel’s last book about cosmetics mogul Estee Lauder has bombed and, cruelly enough, publishers are shunning her. Unable to earn […]

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The Wife Is Complex And Compelling

Filed in Film by on January 8, 2019 0 Comments
The Wife Is Complex And Compelling

Bjorn Runge’s film, The Wife, is a complex, compelling and nuanced portrait of Joe and Joan Castleman, an elderly couple whose marriage is sorely tested by an unexpected telephone call in the dead of night and a glittering awards ceremony thousands of kilometres away from their home. It’s 1992 and Joe (Jonathan Pryce), an acclaimed […]

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West Bank Settlements And Israel’s Future

Filed in Middle East by on January 7, 2019 0 Comments
West Bank Settlements And Israel’s Future

When Israelis head to the polls on April 9 for the second time in four years to cast their ballots in a general election, they’ll be confronted by an array of political, social and economic issues. This time around, they’ll have to factor one more consideration into their calculations: the criminal charges of corruption and […]

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The Catcher Was A Spy

Filed in Film by on January 5, 2019 0 Comments
The Catcher Was A Spy

Morris (Moe) Berg has acquired a reputation as the most educated and brainiest player in the history of American major league baseball. Born in New York City in 1902, he studied modern languages at Princeton University and law at Columbia University. Despite his bent for academia, he devoted himself to baseball. For 15 years, he […]

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Spike Lee’s Satirical BlackkKlansman

Filed in Film by on January 4, 2019 0 Comments
Spike Lee’s Satirical BlackkKlansman

We live in an era of rising racism, antisemitism and tacit acceptance of racial and ethnic hatred by right-wing populist politicians. Case in point: A year and a half ago, at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, neo-Nazi louts chanted, “Jews will not replace us.” In a profoundly disappointing response, U.S. President Donald Trump […]

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