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Wallenberg: Brave Man In An Immoral Europe

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Wallenberg: Brave Man In An Immoral Europe

On October 26, at the request of his family, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, was formally declared dead, almost 72 years after he disappeared in January 1945. Few positive stories emerged from the Holocaust. For every Oskar Schindler, the subject of the 1993 movie Schindler’s […]

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The Sinai Campaign And the Suez Crisis Of 1956

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The Sinai Campaign And the Suez Crisis Of 1956

A war that started 60 years ago provided Canada with its now familiar role as a peacekeeping force on behalf of the United Nations. On October 29, 1956, Israeli forces invaded the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. In a swift, sweeping operation of 100 hours, under the leadership of then chief of the General Staff, Moshe […]

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Where Is Hungary Heading?

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Where Is Hungary Heading?

October 23 marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a nationwide revolt against the Soviet-imposed government of the Hungarian People’s Republic. It lasted until November 10, when it was crushed by Soviet tanks. At least 30,000 people were killed and some 200,000 others fled to the west. Imre Nagy had […]

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Islamist Fortresses Inside European Cities

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Islamist Fortresses Inside European Cities

On July 14, Bastille Day, a terrorist drove a truck into a crowd in Nice, France, killing 84 people. In a particularly notorious incident two weeks later, two men stormed a church in Normandy before slitting the throat of an elderly priest. In the streets of Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, extremists are recruiting […]

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Civil War Feeds On Syria’s Complexity As A Country

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Civil War Feeds On Syria’s Complexity As A Country

The killings in Syria go on, despite efforts to end the carnage. The country’s largest city, Aleppo, lies in ruins. Millions have fled the country. What makes this such an intractable problem? Syria is a very complex country, a kaleidoscope of rival ethnicities and sects. If history is a guide, this is a state that […]

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The Battle of Cable Street 80 Years On

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The Battle of Cable Street 80 Years On

It’s amazing to think that it has been 80 years since the famous Battle of Cable Street, which took place on October 4, 1936 in London’s East End, where most of England’s Jews lived at the time. I say this because when I began researching my PhD dissertation on London Jews and British Communism in […]

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Shimon Peres: From Hawk To Dove

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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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The Durban Game Changer

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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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9/11 — 15 Years Later

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9/11 — 15 Years Later

It’s become de rigueur: every September 11 since 2001, Americans commemorate the most devastating foreign attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II. All told, more than 3,000 Americans died that Tuesday. In anniversary years such as 2006, 2011, and now 2016, remembrance ceremonies have been more extensive. The […]

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The Alt Right Movement

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The Alt Right Movement

Ever since he entered the race to become the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump has been accused of being a bigot, a racist, an antisemite, a xenophobe, a nativist, a right-wing populist, and a fascist. He has been compared to, among others, Benito Mussolini, Silvio Berlusconi, Juan Peron, Vladimir Putin, even Adolf Hitler. David […]

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