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Germany’s Former African Colony In The Spotlight

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Germany’s Former African Colony In The Spotlight

The first genocide of the 20th century occurred not in Europe but in South West Africa (now Namibia), a colony that Germany had annexed in the early 1880s. Now, a debate has emerged regarding the genocide and its meaning within German 20th-century history, particularly the extent to which it can be seen as a precursor to […]

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What Sweden’s Election Signifies

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What Sweden’s Election Signifies

On September 9, the populist Sweden Democrats received 17.9 percent of the popular vote in the Swedish general election, and ended the day as the country’s third largest political party. In 2010, they entered the Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament, with 5.7 percent of the vote. In 2014, they got 12.9 percent. One of its founders had […]

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The Centenary of the Jewish Legion

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The Centenary of the Jewish Legion

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I battles in Palestine waged by the Jewish Legion. The story of the Legion, officially the 38th, 39th and 40th Battalions of the British Royal Fusiliers, began with two Russian-born Zionists, Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Josef Trumpledor. Jabotinsky, one of the leading Zionists in Russia at […]

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U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

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U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

Turkish- American relations have been on a downward curve for some time now. Disputes over Ankara’s role in Syria, its policy toward its Kurdish population, and its growing hostility towards Israel have been among the major irritants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and Islamization of the country’s political system have worried Washington for some […]

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Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

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Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

Most people do not realize that Christians, for centuries following the introduction of Islam in the Middle East, still constituted the majority of the population. From Greece to Egypt, this was the eastern half of Christendom. When the first Islamic armies arrived from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century, the Assyrian Church of the […]

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Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

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Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

Seeking to expand trade with Asian nations, Israel has been seeking closer economic ties with countries like China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. It’s been a quarter century since Israel established diplomatic relations with Vietnam, which has a fast growing economy and is looking for economic projects that will allow it to offer work […]

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A Week In Juneau, Alaska

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A Week In Juneau, Alaska

At a conference I attended in Washington in late June, I heard another speaker refer to “remote” Alaska. That it certainly is  — it’s five times zones west of Prince Edward Island, where I live. A week later, we travelled to Juneau, the capital, to attend the 50th year reunion of my wife Pat’s high […]

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial A Somber Site

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial A Somber Site

I worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C. during the 1980s, but until I spoke at a conference here toward the end of June, I hadn’t been back since 1993. In his recently published book, War Beyond Words: Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present, Yale University historian Jay Winter makes the […]

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Russia And Iran Are Wary Allies

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Russia And Iran Are Wary Allies

The bilateral relationship between Moscow and Tehran has been converted into a growing strategic partnership. Since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, Moscow and Tehran have shared increasingly common bonds: growing tensions with Washington and a quest to expand spheres of influence in the Middle East. The deepening ties were reflected when Russian President […]

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The Amazing Life Of Bernard Lewis

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The Amazing Life Of Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis, the eminent scholar of Middle East politics and religion, died on May 19. He was, for some 80 years, a towering scholar of Islam, and informed scholarly, governmental and popular audiences alike. The outlines of his long career are well known. Born to Jewish parents in London in 1916, Lewis received his Ph.D. […]

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