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The Amazing Life Of Bernard Lewis

Filed in Guest Voices by on May 22, 2018 0 Comments
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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Lebanon’s Election Puts Hezbollah in Driver’s Seat

Filed in Guest Voices by on May 8, 2018 0 Comments
Lebanon’s Election Puts Hezbollah in Driver’s Seat

The parliamentary election in Lebanon on May 6 produced, as always, a confusing array of winners and losers. But one thing is crystal clear: the militant Shia Muslim group Hezbollah is in the driver’s seat. Lebanon’s 128-seat parliament allocates 64 seats each to the country’s Christian and Muslim faiths. They are then further subdivided between […]

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 24, 2018 0 Comments
Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

The British-made satirical film, The Death of Stalin, released last year, made fun of the absurdity of Soviet “justice” in the years when the dictator ruled his empire like an Oriental satrap. Accusations against people could come out of thin air. Trials, preceded by torture to extract confessions, took minutes. A bullet in the head […]

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The Heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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The Heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

So much has been written about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which began 75 years ago on April 19, 1943, the eve of Passover. And yet we continue to write, because of the determination and heroism of the participants. It was the first popular uprising in a Nazi-occupied city in Europe, and, against incredible odds, lasted […]

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The Saga Of The Polish Anders Army

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The Saga Of The Polish Anders Army

In North America, too little is known about the eastern front in World War II, including the tragic fate of Poland, caught between Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union. When Poland was conquered and partitioned in September 1939, many Polish military personnel escaped, and would join the Allied forces in Great Britain. In the […]

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In Germany, Consternation Over A Word

Filed in Guest Voices by on March 9, 2018 0 Comments
In Germany, Consternation Over A Word

A rising tide of nationalism in Germany has seen the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) vault into third place in the German parliament after last year’s federal election. It now holds 92 seats in the Bundestag. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats have formed a coalition with the Social Democrats to run the country, after both major […]

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It All Began Forty Years Ago

Filed in Guest Voices by on March 4, 2018 0 Comments
It All Began Forty Years Ago

On March 11, 1978, the worst single act of terrorism on Israeli soil since independence, resulted in the deaths of 38 Israelis, including 13 children. Another 71 were wounded. The specific incident, though hardly remembered today, had, as it turned out, long-lasting consequences. A game changer with respect to Israel’s future involvement in Lebanon, it led […]

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Poland’s 1968 Anti-Zionist Campaign Revisited

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 24, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s 1968 Anti-Zionist Campaign Revisited

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the state-orchestrated “anti-Zionist” campaign in Poland, then under Communist rule. At the time, Jews numbered no more than 30,000 members out of a Polish population of 32 million. Cold War politics and a power struggle within the Polish Communist party would result in a purge […]

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Why Is France Trying To Honor Fascists?

Filed in Guest Voices by on February 12, 2018 0 Comments
Why Is France Trying To Honor Fascists?

From the antisemitic and fascist movement of Charles Maurras’ Action Francais,  through the collaborationist wartime Vichy and the Algérie Française eras, reactionary thought has a long history in twentieth century France. It was one of the mainstays of a current which vigorously opposed the revolutionary and Republican traditions. Since the disaster of World War II, in […]

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Why Turkey Attacked Syrian Kurds

Filed in Guest Voices by on January 22, 2018 0 Comments
Why Turkey Attacked Syrian Kurds

Turkey’s recent incursion into Kurdish-held areas along its border with Syria puts it further at odds with the other players in the Syrian civil war. Beginning with air strikes on January 20, Ankara announced that the campaign, “Olive Branch,” had been launched, targeting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Islamic State (IS) jihadists. The […]

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