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Terrorists Misuse The Internet

Filed in Middle East by on February 10, 2016 0 Comments
Terrorists Misuse The Internet

Jihadists love the Internet, as they should. It’s their portal to free publicity, a potentially vast audience and enhanced membership rolls. Islamic State, the jihadist organization that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East, has learned to its satisfaction that social media is a potent weapon to brainwash and radicalize Muslims and recruit them as […]

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Ghosts Of The Past In Amsterdam’s Old Jewish Quarter

Filed in Travel by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
Ghosts Of The Past In Amsterdam’s Old Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam’s old Jewish quarter, the Jodenhoek, is but a hollow shell of its former self, having been swept away by the tides of time. The epicenter of the Jewish community from the 17th century until World War II, it was once a congested and atmospheric labyrinth of tenements, factories, open-air stalls, narrow streets and back […]

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Syrian Civil War Could Drag On For Years

Filed in Middle East by on February 8, 2016 0 Comments
Syrian Civil War Could Drag On For Years

The impasse in the protracted civil war in Syria is so profound that even the prospect of successful peace talks to end the nearly five-year-old conflict seems outlandish and unrealistic. On February 3, after two days of preliminary discussions in Geneva, United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura threw up his hands in utter despair and […]

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Israeli Bill Would Stifle Political Dissent

Filed in Middle East by on February 6, 2016 0 Comments
Israeli Bill Would Stifle Political Dissent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has tabled a bill that may well stifle, if not delegitimize, a precious gift — political dissent in Israel. The bill, known as the NGO Law, should be permanently shelved for the sake of Israeli democracy. Sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, it would require non-governmental organizations in Israel to […]

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Germany Hardens Refugee Policy

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 5, 2016 0 Comments
Germany Hardens Refugee Policy

Germany’s love affair with the seemingly endless numbers of refugees from Syria and other nations entering the country seems to have reached its limits, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under mounting criticism for her asylum policies. Opponents of Merkel’s decision last year to allow more than one million asylum seekers into the country have been […]

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Rams — An Austere Film From Iceland

Filed in Arts by on February 5, 2016 0 Comments
Rams — An Austere Film From Iceland

Grimur Hakonarson’s austere film, Rams, which opens in Canada on February 12, unfolds under a leaden sky in a treeless valley. The bleak Icelandic landscape lends itself to the theme: the discord that keeps two feuding brothers, Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Julisson), at loggerheads. Although they live in close proximity to each other, they have […]

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Jewish Students At York University Face Problems

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 3, 2016 0 Comments
Jewish Students At York University Face Problems

  Toronto’s York University has not been a particularly hospitable place for Jewish students for the past few years. Many feel that a climate of antisemitism, masquerading as “anti-Zionism,” pervades the university. Some students have feared for their physical safety at times. Things took an even uglier turn last month. A pro-Palestinian acrylic mural that […]

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Jewish Authors Created Template of War Novel

Filed in Arts by on February 3, 2016 0 Comments
Jewish Authors Created Template of War Novel

Jewish writers like Irwin Shaw and Norman Mailer created the template of an enormously important and popular literary genre — the American war novel. From Shaw’s The Young Lions to Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, these best-sellers, published between 1948 to 1961, shaped the American public’s perception of World War II, the Holocaust and […]

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Eichmann Was Much More Than A “Pencil-Pusher”

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 2, 2016 0 Comments
Eichmann Was Much More Than A “Pencil-Pusher”

On the eve of his execution in 1962, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann brazenly requested a pardon from the state of Israel. In line with the defence strategy his lawyer had mounted at his trial in Jerusalem, Eichmann claimed he had been a minor functionary merely following orders. “There is a need to draw a line […]

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The Lady In The Van

Filed in Arts by on January 31, 2016 0 Comments
The Lady In The Van

Maggie Smith, the British actress who portrays a prim and proper aristocrat in the popular series, Downton Abbey, transforms herself into a homeless person in The Lady in the Van, which opens in Canada on February 5. It’s quite an astonishing makeover. As Margaret Shepherd, a woman whose current circumstance are jarringly at odds with […]

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