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Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

Filed in Middle East by on October 15, 2017 0 Comments
Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

The Palestinians have signed yet another reconciliation agreement, but will it last? In the past decade, the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement, Fatah and Hamas, have reached multiple unity agreements, only to see them dissolve in mutual acrimony within weeks or months. Can the latest one, brokered by Egypt’s General Intelligence Service […]

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Across The Waters

Filed in Film by on October 14, 2017 0 Comments
Across The Waters

There are two shining beacons in the bleak darkness of the Holocaust. Amid a miasma of cruelty and violence, a pair of Nazi-occupied countries shielded Jews. Bulgaria, an ally of Germany, passed antisemitic laws and sent 11,000 foreign Jews from Macedonia and Thrace to Nazi extermination camps. Bulgaria, however, resisted German pressure t0 deport its […]

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Such A Beautiful Sunny Day

Filed in Books by on October 13, 2017 0 Comments
Such A Beautiful Sunny Day

The Holocaust in Poland unfolded in three horrific phases. First, Jews were herded into crowded ghettos and subjected to starvation and disease. Second, in Operation Reinhardt, Jews were annihilated on an industrial scale in German extermination camps like Auschwitz and Sobibor. Third, Jews who had fled into the countryside in the desperate hope of finding […]

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The Land Is Full

Filed in Middle East by on October 11, 2017 0 Comments
The Land Is Full

Israel is emerging as the most crowded country in the Western world, according to one of its leading environmentalists. “The elephant in the room is over-population,” says Alon Tal, the former chairman of Israel’s Green Party and the founder of the Israeli Union for Environmental Defence and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Tal, the […]

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Weinstein: The Rot That Pervades Hollywood

Filed in Commentary by on October 9, 2017 0 Comments
Weinstein: The Rot That Pervades Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his film company following a front-page expose in The New York Times claiming he had conducted himself horrendously in encounters with actresses and employees over several decades. Weinstein, one of the most powerful figures in the industry, repeatedly invited women to his hotel room for […]

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Rio — Brazil’s Marvellous City

Filed in Travel by on October 8, 2017 0 Comments
Rio — Brazil’s Marvellous City

Rio de Janeiro is known as cidade marvailhosa in Portuguese. In English, this translates into marvellous city. The appellation is richly deserved. Rio exhausts superlatives. Famous for its frothy tropical exuberance and joie de vivre, Rio is crammed into several verdant valleys and defined by the Serra da Carioca, a steep green mountain range, and […]

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Canada Fixing An Egregious Mistake

Filed in Commentary by on October 7, 2017 0 Comments
Canada Fixing An Egregious Mistake

Astonishingly enough, a plaque affixed to Canada’s newly-inaugurated National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa omitted an extremely important and crucial piece of information — namely that the victims of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Europe were Jews. If your head is spinning in utter disbelief, so is mine. Tens of millions of non-Jewish civilians were killed during […]

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The Man Who Brought Down Richard Nixon

Filed in Film by on October 6, 2017 0 Comments
The Man Who Brought Down Richard Nixon

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporters whose headline stories on the burgeoning Watergate scandal forced Richard Nixon to become the first U.S. president to resign while still in office, obtained their explosive information from an anonymous source known as Deep Throat. For years, Deep Throat’s identity was shrouded in mystery, but in […]

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The Kurds Deserve Statehood

Filed in Middle East by on October 4, 2017 0 Comments
The Kurds Deserve Statehood

Kurdish independence is long overdue, as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (New York) declared the other day in hailing the outcome of the September 25th referendum on Kurdish independence in the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. As he put it, “The historic vote in Iraqi Kurdistan should be recognized and respected by the world, and the Kurdish […]

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U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

Filed in Middle East by on October 2, 2017 0 Comments
U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

David Friedman, the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, has been shooting off his mouth again, issuing statements at odds with American policy. An outspoken supporter of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, he recently claimed that “settlements are a part of Israel,” a loaded comment that surely embarrasses the United States. “I think that was […]

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