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The Ba’athification Of Iraq

Filed in Books by on July 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Ba’athification Of Iraq

Iraq’s dictatorial strongman, Saddam Hussein, ruled his country with an iron hand, tolerating no dissension. Barring a coup or fatal illness, he could have governed Iraq indefinitely had he kept his nose to the grindstone. But being guided by hubris and wildly false assumptions, he made the major mistake of invading neighboring Kuwait on August […]

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TIFF Retrospective Celebrates Actress and Director Ida Lupino

Filed in Film by on July 21, 2017 0 Comments
TIFF Retrospective Celebrates Actress and Director Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (1918-1995) was a prominent film actress and director in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. In a 48-year career, which began in Britain in 1931, she appeared in 59 movies and directed eight others. As an actress, she was something of a femme fatale, projecting a gutsy persona and playing tough yet vulnerable characters. […]

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Ein Hod — An Israeli Artists’ Village

Filed in Travel by on July 20, 2017 0 Comments
Ein Hod — An Israeli Artists’ Village

Tucked into the lush green hills of the forested Carmel mountain range is Israel’s only artists’ village, Ein Hod. Founded almost 65 years ago by a Romanian Jewish painter, it’s a serene retreat far from the hustle and bustle of Israel’s coastal plain. A short drive from the port of Haifa, Ein Hod is a […]

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Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 18, 2017 0 Comments
Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

In a courageous and searingly candid acknowledgment of France’s complicity in the Holocaust, President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that France had played a central role in one of its darkest chapters. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Velodrome d’Hiver (Vel d’hiv) roundup of Jews in Paris in the summer of 1942, and speaking in the […]

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Germany Sets A Good Example

Filed in Commentary by on July 16, 2017 0 Comments
Germany Sets A Good Example

Much to its credit, Germany — a nation still in the process of striving to overcome its Nazi past — has passed a law that will force social media companies to delete extremist messaging and posts on their digital platforms. The legislation, drafted by Justice Minister Heiko Maas recently, goes into effect in October. It […]

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Racists Cannot Be Tolerated In A Public Space

Filed in Commentary by on July 14, 2017 0 Comments
Racists Cannot Be Tolerated In A Public Space

The Toronto Public Library came to its senses yesterday, albeit belatedly, when it announced it would review its discredited room rental policy. The library caused an uproar when one of its suburban branches permitted a bunch of white supremacists and racists to use its facilities for a private event on July 12. The controversy erupted […]

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The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

Filed in Middle East by on July 13, 2017 0 Comments
The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

Three years years after the eruption of the third Gaza war, the Gaza Strip remains a tinderbox. The Gaza region has been fairly quiet since the end of the war, with relatively little cross-border fighting having broken out, but both sides are acutely aware that a fourth round of hostilities could easily flare up again. […]

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The Invisible Jewish Budapest

Filed in Books by on July 10, 2017 0 Comments
The Invisible Jewish Budapest

Assimilated Hungarian Jews were in the forefront of shaping the popular culture of late 19th and early 20th century Budapest, one of the capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and one of the major cities in Europe today. Its edgy nightlife and innovative entertainment industry, encompassing coffee houses, clubs, music halls and theatres, were largely the creation […]

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The Omar Khadr Case Rattles Canada

Filed in Commentary by on July 9, 2017 0 Comments
The Omar Khadr Case Rattles Canada

Convicted murderer Omar Khadr is laughing all the way to the bank. Or so it would seem. Khadr, a Canadian citizen born in Toronto, hit the jackpot after Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, decided to settle a $20 million lawsuit the Arab Canadian had filed against the federal  government in 2013 for having breached his […]

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India Fully Normalizes Relations With Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 7, 2017 0 Comments
India Fully Normalizes Relations With Israel

It was, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India effusively described it, a “groundbreaking” visit. Modi, the first Indian prime minister to set foot on Israeli soil, was in Israel from July 4-6, visiting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and meeting Israeli decision-makers such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, who visited […]

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