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Super (Jewish) Girl

Filed in Television by on December 10, 2017 0 Comments
Super (Jewish) Girl

She’s supposedly the world’s strongest girl, a weightlifter who broke a powerlifting record at a remarkably young age, and who still holds three records in her masculine sport. “I love being strong, it’s empowering, ” says Naomi (Nahama) Kutin in Jessie Auritt’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, Supergirl, which will be broadcast on the PBS network on Monday, […]

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Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

Filed in Middle East by on December 9, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s “New Approach” To Jerusalem

Fulfilling a solemn presidential campaign promise, Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His historic decision, which touched off anti-American and anti-Israel demonstrations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and a host of […]

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Jerusalem’s YMCA Is A Serene Oasis

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 8, 2017 0 Comments
Jerusalem’s YMCA Is A Serene Oasis

Jerusalem is, as always, much in the news these days, contested between Jews, Muslims and Christians, and fought over by Israelis and Palestinians. This has especially been the case in recent days, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its Tel Aviv embassy there. There are, […]

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#AfterMeToo

Filed in Commentary by on December 7, 2017 0 Comments
#AfterMeToo

The sordid Harvey Weinstein affair has spawned a new movement in Canada that seems to augur well for women in the workplace. #After MeToo was officially unveiled at a symposium in Toronto on December 5 and 6 sponsored by The Globe and Mail daily newspaper. It took place two months after the notorious Hollywood movie mogul […]

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Arab Nationalism In The Twentieth Century

Filed in Books by on December 6, 2017 0 Comments
Arab Nationalism In The Twentieth Century

Arab intellectuals and leaders have long been animated by the holy grail of Arab nationalism, an ideology which proclaims that Arabs are one nation, glorifies Arab civilization, language and literature and espouses the necessity of a single Arab state. This utopian idea was in its heyday during Gamal Abdel Nasser’s presidency of Egypt, but in […]

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Antenna, A Moody Israeli Film

Filed in Film by on December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Antenna, A Moody Israeli Film

Arik Rotstein’s moody Israeli film, Antenna, is ostensibly about a minor dispute concerning a cellular antenna. In actuality, it’s about family dynamics. The movie — scheduled to be screened by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation’s Chai Tea series on Sunday, December 10 at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 […]

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Zero Tolerance For Sexual Predators

Filed in Commentary by on December 3, 2017 0 Comments
Zero Tolerance For Sexual Predators

Harvey Weinstein, the serial sexual predator, is now assured of a prominent place in the rogue’s gallery of the Hollywood film industry. Having been accused of harassment, assault and rape by a succession of aspiring and established actresses, the rapacious movie producer has been banished from his own company and the citadels of power in […]

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Daytona Beach — Birthplace Of Car Racing

Filed in Travel by on December 2, 2017 0 Comments
Daytona Beach — Birthplace Of Car Racing

Georgia Turner, a year-round resident of Daytona Beach, a resort in central Florida, was talking about its passion for stock car racing. “Racing is a big part of our heritage,” she said. Although Daytona Beach has miles of scenic beaches, fine museums and a host of eco-tourist attractions, it is still primarily known as the […]

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Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel

Filed in Film by on December 1, 2017 0 Comments
Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel

Passions erupt and flow like red-hot lava in Woody Allen’s 48th film, Wonder Wheel, which opens in Canadian theatres on December 8. Set in the 1950s amid the honky-tonk atmosphere of New York City’s Coney Island amusement park, this dark, high-strung drama delves into the lives of four people who touch each other’s hearts profoundly. […]

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Sinai Insurgency Challenges Egypt

Filed in Middle East by on November 30, 2017 0 Comments
Sinai Insurgency Challenges Egypt

The massacre of 311 Muslims in a Sufi mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula on November 24 underscores an unpalatable reality that Egypt has yet to accept and internalize: the Egyptian armed forces have utterly failed to quell the jihadist insurgency in the Sinai. No group claimed responsibility for the attack in the remote town […]

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