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A Radical Outpost In Jerusalem

Filed in Guest Voices by on November 16, 2017 0 Comments
A Radical Outpost In Jerusalem

Jerusalem is today known as a religiously conservative city, unlike liberal and trendy Tel Aviv and secular Haifa.But even the Holy City has a radical past. It is, after all, home of the Hebrew University. And many of the city’s radicals and bohemians used to gather at one spot, at 27 King George Street — […]

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The Mandelbaum Gate — A Blast From Jerusalem’s Past

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The Mandelbaum Gate — A Blast From Jerusalem’s Past

I’m sending this article from Jerusalem, the city that has doubtless had more written about it than any place of comparable size anywhere on the globe. Visitors and tourists know about the sites holy to the three Abrahamic faiths, the more recent Israeli points of interest, and the various museums. There’s arguably more to see […]

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The Balfour Declaration A Century Later

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The Balfour Declaration A Century Later

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the seminal events of the 20th century: the release of the Balfour Declaration. There are few documents in Middle Eastern history which have had as much influence as the Balfour Declaration. It was sent as a 67-word statement contained within the short letter addressed by British […]

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A “Second Israel” In The Middle East

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A “Second Israel” In The Middle East

In the recent Kurdish referendum on independence, the citizens of the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq, to no one’s surprise, voted overwhelmingly, at 91.83 percent,  to create a sovereign state. In the run-up to the vote, opponents of the move tried to smear the Kurds by claiming they were, in effect, in the pay […]

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Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

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Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

In 2004, I co-edited a book, De Facto States: The Quest for Sovereignty, that was to include a chapter on Iraqi Kurdistan. The person asked to write it didn’t come through, though, so it wasn’t included. Today such an article would be an absolute necessity. It’s been a long time coming, but on September 25 […]

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Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

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Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

For two and a half years, Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which its internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by a coalition supported by the United States and Britain, is trying to roll back the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sana’a. […]

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Attacks Against Rohingya May Lead To Wider Conflict

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 7, 2017 0 Comments
Attacks Against Rohingya May Lead To Wider Conflict

In Myanmar (Burma), Buddhist animosity toward an ethno-religious Bengali Muslim minority, the Rohingya, has led to massive violence. The Rohingya, who number some 1.3 million people, less than five percent of the country’s population, live mainly in Myanmar’s far western Rakhine State, adjacent to neighboring Muslim Bangladesh. Most were stripped of their citizenship under a […]

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Stalin’s Warsaw “Wedding Cake”

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Stalin’s Warsaw “Wedding Cake”

Some Varsovians call it, caustically, “Stalin’s wedding cake.” Others have wanted it razed to the ground. It sits plopped in the middle of the city, looking like a 1930s-era building, and is now surrounded by modern office towers. In its own way it looks sort of kooky. It was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s “gift to […]

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In Krakow, One Of The Righteous Among The Nations

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments
In Krakow, One Of The Righteous Among The Nations

Thanks to the popularity of the 1993 movie Schindler’s List, as well as the success of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, many people assume that the Kazimierz neighborhood, where most of the city’s Jews lived prior to the Holocaust, served as the Jewish ghetto during the war. Elsewhere in Poland, a Jewish district typically […]

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The Polish City Where Communism Died

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The Polish City Where Communism Died

The left-wing American journalist Lincoln Steffens, after a three-week visit to the new Soviet state in March 1919, famously proclaimed, “I have seen the future and it works.” However, during my visit to the model Polish Communist city of Nowa Huta, created after World War II, I can confidently declare that I have seen the […]

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