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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

Filed in Middle East by on September 20, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

The Iran nuclear agreement, the object of Donald Trump’s withering wrath, could well be in jeopardy. The U.S. president has denigrated the accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Geneva in the summer of 2015, as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” Furthermore, he has threatened to abandon it unless it is […]

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Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Filed in Middle East by on September 19, 2017 0 Comments
Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Draft- dodging seems to come naturally to the ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, community in Israel. While tens of thousands of new recruits are called up annually to do their national service, risking life and limb to protect their fellow citizens, the vast majority of able-bodied haredi men shamelessly shirk their duty, claiming that their Torah studies […]

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The New Right In Germany

Filed in Commentary by on September 16, 2017 0 Comments
The New Right In Germany

The Alternative for Germany, a marginal far right-wing political party founded four years ago, is on the cusp of a historic breakthrough. The AFD, which currently holds 13 seats in German state assemblies and in the European Parliament, is widely expected to win eight to 11 percent of the votes in the September 24 general […]

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The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

Filed in Arts by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

The Nazi machinery of mass murder is on stark and clinical display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The Evidence Room, a chilling and ghostly exhibition of white plaster components of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, examines the central role that architecture played in the construction of this extermination camp in Poland. The Evidence Room, which […]

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Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

In 1975, when Toronto was still considered by some as something of a culinary backwater, I began writing a series of stories about Jewish delicatessens and restaurants in the city for a Canadian Jewish newspaper. My first story was illustrated by a photograph of yours truly sitting contentedly in front of a pastrami sandwich and […]

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Jewish Youth And Identity In Postwar France

Filed in Books by on September 12, 2017 0 Comments
Jewish Youth And Identity In Postwar France

As Vichy police and German forces rounded up Jews in France, deporting them to Nazi concentration camps in Poland, thousands of desperate Jewish parents placed their children with non-Jewish families or Christian institutions, hoping they would be reunited with them after the war. Thirty thousand children survived the Nazi occupation. One-third of them, having been hidden, […]

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Narcos — A Rousing Third Season

Filed in Television by on September 10, 2017 0 Comments
Narcos — A Rousing Third Season

The third season of Narcos, the taut crime thriller from Netflix, draws a viewer into its vortex of intrigue, skullduggery and violence. It’s set in Colombia, a South American country where drug cartels loom large and where corruption at the highest levels of government and law enforcement is an endemic and recurring problem. During the […]

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Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Filed in Middle East by on September 9, 2017 0 Comments
Syria — A Serial User Of Chemical Weapons

Syrian government spokespersons have steadfastly denied deploying chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, but these claims have always rung hollow. Last spring, as per usual, the Syrian regime shamelessly stuck to its script by denying responsibility for a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in northern Syria. The strike killed 83 civilians […]

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Chief Rabbi Displays Intolerance And Ignorance

Filed in Commentary by on September 7, 2017 0 Comments
Chief Rabbi Displays Intolerance And Ignorance

Shlomo Amar, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem and the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, is unfit to hold his position. Last November, following a decision by the Israeli government to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the southern end of the Western Wall, Amar had the gall to brand the Reform branch of Judaism […]

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The Crumbling Islamic State Caliphate

Filed in Middle East by on September 6, 2017 0 Comments
The Crumbling Islamic State Caliphate

The caliphate is crumbling. Islamic State’s much-vaunted state-building project in Iraq and Syria, which attracted regional and international support and tens of thousands of recruits from the far corners of the globe, is tottering and on the cusp of collapse. Since July, Islamic State has lost two more cities in Iraq, the loss of which […]

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