Recent Posts

Wild Tales

Filed in Arts by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
Wild Tales

Damian Szifron’s Spanish-language film from Argentina, Wild Tales, is dark and uproarious. An Academy Awards finalist for best foreign movie, it’s composed of six stand-alone vignettes turning on the dark side of human nature. The unifying theme is vengeance, but sub-themes revolve around rage, greed, despair, corruption, passion and infidelity. Quite a combustible mix. Scheduled […]

Continue Reading »

Serial (Bad) Weddings

Filed in Arts by on February 28, 2015 0 Comments
Serial (Bad) Weddings

France’s encounter with multiculturalism has not been a roaring success of late, judging by the Charlie Hebdo incident, the radicalization of some French Muslim youth and the spate of antisemitism that has prompted thousands of Jews to emigrate. It’s evident that the forces of xenophobia and racism are corroding French society, and that the spirit of […]

Continue Reading »

Irish Film Festival

Filed in Arts by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
Irish Film Festival

You don’t have to be Irish to like Irish films, so enjoy the forthcoming Irish Film Festival, which runs from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox. The festival gets under way with the Toronto premiere of Standby, directed by the brothers Rob and Ronan Burke. A romantic […]

Continue Reading »

Saving Turkish Synagogues In Izmir

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
Saving Turkish Synagogues In Izmir

Izmir, in Turkey, is the only city in the world in which an unusual cluster of synagogues, bearing a typical 16th architectural style, are preserved. Some of these synagogues are adjacent to each other, creating an historical architectural complex unique in the world, and unknown even to world Jewry. There is a real danger that some of […]

Continue Reading »

Iranian Film Festival

Filed in Arts by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Iranian Film Festival

Iran’s film industry is subjected to censorship and hobbled by a poor global distribution system, but it has chalked up stellar achievements nonetheless. It has produced internationally-recognized directors like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf and films like A Separation (the first Iranian movie to win the best foreign language film award at the Academy Awards) and […]

Continue Reading »

The Jew Who Defeated Hitler

Filed in Arts by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
The Jew Who Defeated Hitler

On Aug. 25, 1938, Der Angriff – a Nazi newspaper published in Berlin under the auspices of Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels — described Henry Morgenthau Jr., the U.S. secretary of the treasury, as “the real chief of a wide Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy” against Germany. The antipathy was mutual. Morgenthau, the sole Jew in President Franklin Roosevelt’s cabinet, hated […]

Continue Reading »

Australia Sets An Example

Filed in Middle East by on February 25, 2015 0 Comments
Australia Sets An Example

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a new counter-terrorism strategy that other Western countries should emulate. It seems like an effective method of curtailing the spread of radical Islam. Under his proposals, announced on February 23, a senior government official will oversee counter-terrorism measures and be placed in charge of efforts to achieve better […]

Continue Reading »

Israel Breaks With U.S. Over Iran

Filed in Middle East by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Israel Breaks With U.S. Over Iran

Israel and its closest ally, the United States, are embroiled in an acrimonious dispute over a looming agreement to constrain Iran’s contentious nuclear program. The broad objective of the latest round of talks, which have been going on for one and a half years, is to ensure that Iran cannot build a full-fledged nuclear arsenal. […]

Continue Reading »

Say No To Netanyahu’s Call

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 21, 2015 0 Comments
Say No To Netanyahu’s Call

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for mass Jewish emigration from Europe is well-intentioned, but ultimately unhelpful and maybe even counter-productive. Netanyahu issued his appeal earlier this month, shortly after a 37-year-old Jewish Danish citizen named Dan Uzan was fatally shot in front of a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, by a Dane of Palestinian origin, […]

Continue Reading »

Libya Gripped By Chaos

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
Libya Gripped By Chaos

It’s been more than three and a half years since the brutal Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi met his end in a drainage pipe outside his native city of Sirte. But things in that nation have become so bad since then that there must be many Libyans who miss him. Rival coalitions backed by militias are […]

Continue Reading »