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Roosevelt And Stalin

Filed in Arts by on June 29, 2015 0 Comments
Roosevelt And Stalin

Susan Butler’s wide-ranging, comprehensive account of a pivotal wartime alliance, Roosevelt And Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership (Alfred A. Knopf), bores into U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political relationship with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. They were certainly an odd couple, hailing from radically different backgrounds and torn by profound ideological differences, but they respected each […]

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The Scourge Of Our Times

Filed in Middle East by on June 28, 2015 0 Comments
The Scourge Of Our Times

It was another stomach-turning day on the terrorist front. Within a matter of hours on June 26, terrorists wreaked death and destruction in three far-flung countries — France, Tunisia and Kuwait. The attacks remind us yet again that Islamic radicalism has morphed into the scourge of our times. Like the toxic fascist movements of the 20th […]

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The Holocaust And Muslims In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 27, 2015 0 Comments
The Holocaust And Muslims In Germany

The southern German state of Bavaria is trying to resolve a vexing issue. Should Muslim high school students in all grades be required to visit former concentration camps, or the new Nazi documentation center in Munich, as part of their studies on the Holocaust? It’s a very German problem for a number of compelling reasons. […]

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Filed in Arts by on June 26, 2015 0 Comments
Infinitely Polar Bear

Maya Forbes’ comedic drama, Infinitely Polar Bear, is biographical. Cameron Stewart (Mark Ruffalo), the main character, is modelled after her father. Compassionate and funny, he’s a manic depressive with a bipolar edge. His African American wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), appreciates his finer qualities, but can no longer cope with his debilitating disorder. His two adolescent […]

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The Photography of Robert Doisneau

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The Photography of Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) was a remarkable photographer, often mentioned in the same breadth as the illustrious Henri Cartier Bresson. A lithographer and engraver by trade, he slipped into photojournalism gradually. By the 1950s, he was well established, known in particular for his photographs of Paris. Jean Claude Gautrand’s lavishly-illustrated coffee-table book, Robert Doisneau, published by Taschen […]

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The Legacy Of American Racist Extremism

Filed in Guest Voices by on June 24, 2015 0 Comments
The Legacy Of American Racist Extremism

By now the whole world knows about the murders of nine African Americans holding a Bible study class at the historic Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. It is one of the oldest African American congregations in the United States. Dylann Roof, a 21-year old man, has been arrested for […]

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Israel Should Have Cooperated With Gaza Inquiry

Filed in Middle East by on June 23, 2015 0 Comments
Israel Should Have Cooperated With Gaza Inquiry

Whatever you think of the report released yesterday by the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s Gaza war, take a moment to reflect on its causes. In a nutshell, it was the result of aggression on the part of Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip with an iron hand since the spring […]

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Take Down The Confederate Flag

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 22, 2015 0 Comments
Take Down The Confederate Flag

On his obnoxious racist website, American mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof holds the battle flag of the Confederacy as he spits on and burns the American flag. It’s hardly a mystery why he desecrated the Stars and Stripes as he paid respect to the Confederate flag. Roof, who cold bloodedly killed nine African-American parishioners at the historically […]

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Jewish Extremism In Israel

Filed in Middle East by on June 21, 2015 0 Comments
Jewish Extremism In Israel

Extremism in Israel, whether manifested in deed or through rhetoric, should be a source of grave concern to decent Israelis who care about the future direction of their country. In recent days, vandals have desecrated the Church of the Multiplication, near the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, while a United  Torah Judaism parliamentarian […]

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A Cornucopia Of Books

Filed in Arts by on June 20, 2015 0 Comments
A Cornucopia Of Books

Are you in the mood for some eclectic reading material? Sit back in your chair and enjoy the company of these books, published recently. The major league baseball season is in full swing throughout Canada and the United States. As you may know, American Jewish athletes, from Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax to Al Rosen […]

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