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Syria And Russia Strive For A Military Solution

Filed in Middle East by on September 29, 2016 0 Comments
Syria And Russia Strive For A Military Solution

It’s quite clear that a military solution to the ferocious civil war in Syria — which has claimed the lives of some 400,000 combatants and civilians since 2011– is unattainable. The war has reached a bloody impasse. Nevertheless, the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, backed my Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Shiite militias from Iraq […]

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Shimon Peres: From Hawk To Dove

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 28, 2016 0 Comments
Shimon Peres: From Hawk To Dove

With the passing of Shimon Peres on September 28, Israel has lost the last of its major founding fathers. Peres, who was 93, had a career in public service that spanned more than six decades. He held almost every senior post in Israeli politics, including those of prime minister, foreign minister, defence minister, finance minister […]

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Canadian Jihadists and Islamic State

Filed in Arts by on September 28, 2016 0 Comments
Canadian Jihadists and Islamic State

Tens of thousands of foreign jihadists have flocked to the Middle East to fight forIslamic State, which also known goes under the name of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. By all estimates, 60 to 150 of its recruits have been Canadian citizens, a somber fact that emerges in Mark Bourrie’s The Killing Game: Martyrdom, […]

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Chinese Jews In Kaifeng

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 27, 2016 0 Comments
Chinese Jews In Kaifeng

I was surprised to read that China has cracked down on the minuscule Jewish community of Kaifeng. Historically, China has been a haven for Jews and one of the very few countries that has been free of antisemitism. As part of President Xi Jinping’s campaign against unapproved religious faiths and foreign influence, the Chinese government […]

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My Father My Lord

Filed in Arts by on September 26, 2016 0 Comments
My Father My Lord

The late Assi Dayan was a chartered member of Israel’s secular cultural elite, but in David Volach’s meloncholic My Father My Lord, he plays David Eidelman, a deeply pious Israeli Orthodox rabbi who’s dealing with the emotional fallout of a personal tragedy. In the first scene of the film, scheduled to be presented by the Toronto […]

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Muskoka Lakes: Enchanting Corner Of Canada

Filed in Travel by on September 25, 2016 0 Comments
Muskoka Lakes: Enchanting Corner Of Canada

With a deafening blast from its foghorn, the R.M.S. Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship, set off from its base in Gravenhurst, Ontario, for a serene two-hour cruise of Muskoka Bay and the broader expanses of Lake Muskoka. My wife and I were aboard as it left Gravenhurst’s historic Wharf district on a pleasant sunny […]

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Obama Has Been One of Israel’s Best Friends

Filed in Middle East by on September 24, 2016 0 Comments
Obama Has Been One of Israel’s Best Friends

Polls suggest that a considerable proportion of Israeli Jews regard Barack Obama as antagonistic to Israel. Last winter, a survey released by Panels Politics in Tel Aviv ranked him as the “worst” U.S. president in 30 years by 63 percent of Jewish Israelis. Do they live in a parallel universe? As the facts suggest, Obama […]

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First Contact: Lost Tribe Of The Amazon

Filed in Television by on September 23, 2016 0 Comments
First Contact: Lost Tribe Of The Amazon

Deep in the vast Amazon rainforest are Indians living primitive lives in complete isolation. Totally untouched by modernity, they resemble our Stone Age ancestors. According to experts, several thousand such Indians belonging to a multitude of tribes have yet to make contact with the outside world. Once in a blue moon, explorers report sightings of […]

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Norman, A Film By Joseph Cedar

Filed in Arts by on September 23, 2016 0 Comments
Norman, A Film By Joseph Cedar

Norman Oppenheimer, the main character in Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s first English-language film, Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, is a man in motion. People think they know Norman, yet no one really knows him. He’s omnipresent, yet he’s elusive. Norman reminds a viewer of Jay Gatsby, the alluring and […]

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The Durban Game Changer

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 22, 2016 0 Comments
The Durban Game Changer

It’s been 15 years since the infamous United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, known as Durban I, was held in the South African beach resort city of Durban from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2001. It was chaired by then South African Foreign Minister Jacob Zuma, the country’s current […]

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