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Canada’s Response To Nazism

Filed in Arts by on September 20, 2014
Canada’s Response To Nazism

How did Canada respond, publicly and institutionally, to the rise of Nazism in Germany? Part of the answer is found in Nazi Germany, Canadian Responses: Confronting Antisemitism in the Shadow of War (McGill-Queen’s University Press). A book of essays by Canadian academics, it explores a number of overlapping issues — Canada’s reaction to Nazism, Canada’s […]

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Citizen Strangers

Filed in Arts by on September 18, 2014
Citizen Strangers

The creation of Israel in 1948 was a joyous event in Jewish history, but a catastrophe for Palestinian Arabs. Six Arab armies invaded the new Jewish state after David Ben-Gurion’s declaration of independence, while Palestinian fighters continued their guerrilla war against Israel. During the fighting, eight out of 10 Palestinians fled or were driven out, […]

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Surrender To Malice

Filed in Middle East by on September 18, 2014
Surrender To Malice

In a shameful surrender to ignorance and malice, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, has condemned Israel as “a state founded on the basis of apartheid.” Accordingly, the creation of Israel was “a crime against humanity.” This statement, issued by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe in conjunction with the Communist Party, the Congress of […]

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Israel Walks A Tightrope

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 16, 2014
Israel Walks A Tightrope

When it comes to its foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine, Israel walks a diplomatic tightrope. The Jewish state must take into consideration all kinds of factors: its relationship with both countries, one of them a great power; its alliance with the United States, which strongly backs Kiev in its struggle with Moscow; and the […]

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Bravo, Angela Merkel

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 16, 2014
Bravo, Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a mensch, which, in Yiddish, means a decent and upright person. She proved it yet again on Sept. 14 at a rally in Berlin where she praised the Jewish community and condemned antisemitism.   “That far more than 100,000 Jews are now living in Germany is something of a miracle,” […]

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Love Is Strange

Filed in Arts by on September 15, 2014
Love Is Strange

Life brings abrupt and nasty surprises, as New York City gay couple George (Alfred Molina) and Benjamin (John Lithgow) discover one fine sunny day in Ira Sachs’ mellow film, Love Is Strange, which starts its run in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver on Sept. 19. The pair are resting in bed in the quiet opening scene. […]

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Obama’s Challenging Mission

Filed in Middle East by on September 14, 2014
Obama’s Challenging Mission

President Barack Obama has promised to “systematically degrade” and “ultimately destroy” the Sunni jihadist organization Islamic State, and now he must make good on his ambitious pledge. It’s a tall and complex order and it won’t be easy to fulfill. Indeed, Obama may fail. “This isn’t going to be fireworks over Baghdad,” said Obama in […]

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Better Late Than Never

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 13, 2014
Better Late Than Never

Belatedly, Greece has passed legislation banning the scourge of Holocaust denial, thereby becoming one of the last member states of the European Union to take this important step in reining in racists. Better late than never. More than one year in the making, the new law also imposes tougher penalties for the dissemination of hate […]

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Influential Oil Pipeline

Filed in Middle East by on September 12, 2014
Influential Oil Pipeline

Oil and water don’t mix, but business and politics do, judging by the 942 kilometre-long oil pipeline from Kirkuk in Iraq to Haifa in Palestine, construction of which was completed in the mid-1930s. Built by the Iraq Petroleum Company and operational from 1935 to 1948, the strategically important pipeline drove British policy in the Middle […]

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The Farewell Party

Filed in Arts by on September 11, 2014
The Farewell Party

Euthanasia is a huge issue that brings to mind a myriad of complex questions: Is euthanasia morally and ethically acceptable and permissible in principle? Is it inhumane? How long should a terminally ill person be allowed to linger on in pain? Should a doctor get involved? And if he does step forward, should his licence […]

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