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Exploring Splendid Vermont On A Bicycle

Filed in Travel by on June 26, 2016 0 Comments
Exploring Splendid Vermont On A Bicycle

Splendidly sylvan Vermont is seemingly timeless, a tableaux of gently rolling hills, accessibly high mountains, serene pastures, dense woods, placid lakes, bubbling streams and quaint towns. It’s the kind of a place, I suspect, where the iconic American painter, Norman Rockwell, would have felt at home. Whenever I’ve driven through Vermont, I have never ceased […]

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Antisemitic Rhetoric From Mahmoud Abbas

Filed in Middle East by on June 25, 2016 0 Comments
Antisemitic Rhetoric From Mahmoud Abbas

In a speech delivered at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 23, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set back the cause of peace and tarnished his credentials as a leader by descending into the muck of antisemitism. Abbas claimed that “a number of rabbis in Israel … made a clear announcement demanding that their […]

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Jews And The Military: A History

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Jews And The Military: A History

Claiming that Jews shun military service, antisemitic propagandists have associated Jewish men with physical weakness, cowardice and an unwillingness to lay down their lives for their countries. Nothing could be farther from the truth, writes Derek Penslar in the new paperback edition of Jews and the Military: A History (Princeton University Press). It’s true, as […]

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Weiner Charts The Fall Of A Politician

Filed in Arts by on June 22, 2016 0 Comments
Weiner Charts The Fall Of A Politician

The sad saga of Anthony Weiner is broadly rehashed in Weiner, a fly-on-the-wall documentary by Josh Kreigman and Elyse Steinberg scheduled to open in Toronto on July 1. Scrappy, combative and brash, Weiner — a member of the House of Representatives — was a rising star in the Democratic Party until a sex scandal, in […]

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Islamic State Loses Territory, But Remains Potent Force

Filed in Middle East by on June 20, 2016 0 Comments
Islamic State Loses Territory, But Remains Potent Force

After weeks of fierce fighting, Iraqi troops, backed by U.S. air power, stormed into Falluja on June 17, recapturing parts of the city from Islamic State, which had held it since the end of 2013. Sixty five kilometers west of Baghdad, Falluja was the first major city in Iraq to fall to the jihadists. Having […]

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Israeli Arabs: Potentially Israel’s Biggest Problem

Filed in Middle East by on June 18, 2016 0 Comments
Israeli Arabs: Potentially Israel’s Biggest Problem

It’s fair to say that Israel has massive security problems, even though it’s the strongest country in the Middle East militarily speaking. Sixty eight years after its first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaimed statehood, Israel faces threats from Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and the jihadist organization Islamic State. No longer is Israel threatened by conventional Arab […]

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United States of Jihad

Filed in Arts by on June 16, 2016 0 Comments
United States of Jihad

Lone wolves, defined as self-radicalized Islamic radicals who have no formal connections to extremist Muslim organizations but who subscribe to radical Islam and lash out violently on behalf of groups like Islamic State, have become the face of jihad in the United States, writes Peter Bergen in his newest book, United States of Jihad (Crown […]

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Israel’s Occupation And Palestinian Terrorism

Filed in Middle East by on June 14, 2016 0 Comments
Israel’s Occupation And Palestinian Terrorism

The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, and the former Israeli defence minister, Amir Peretz, aroused the ire and indignation of the right-wing nationalist camp in Israel recently by suggesting that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is an ingredient in the toxic brew of Palestinian terrorism. A day after Khaled Muhamra and Muhammed Muhamra […]

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The Daughter

Filed in Arts by on June 13, 2016 0 Comments
The Daughter

Written and directed by Simon Stone, The Daughter is inspired by The Wild Ducks, a 19th century play written by Henrik Ibsen. In keeping with its mood, this¬†Australian film is almost uniformly dark and grim. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and scheduled to open in Canadian theaters on July 1, it unfolds in […]

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Israel’s Relationship With Russia Blossoming

Filed in Middle East by on June 12, 2016 0 Comments
Israel’s Relationship With Russia Blossoming

Judging by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two-day trip to Moscow last week, during which he conferred with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, Israel’s relations with Russia have never been closer and better. The cordial bond that Israel has forged with Russia is infinitely stronger than the testy and often bitter relationship it had […]

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