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Jabotinsky’s Children

Filed in Books by on July 16, 2018 0 Comments
Jabotinsky’s Children

During the interwar period, Poland, with a Jewish population of 3.3 million, was an incubator for the development of right-wing Zionism. Its foremost proponent, the Russian-born Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, was the founder of Betar, one of the most popular Zionist youth movements in Europe. Claiming a world-wide membership of some 60,000, of whom 45,000 lived […]

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Somebody Feed Phil (2)

Filed in Television by on July 14, 2018 0 Comments
Somebody Feed Phil (2)

The inimitable Phil Rosenthal is back for a second season on Netflix with his entertaining food/travel show, Somebody Feed Phil. He describes himself as a foodie, but he’s really a gourmand rather than a gourmet. Jokey and light, he’s the polar opposite of the late Anthony Bourdain. An indefatigable kibitzer with a gift of the gab […]

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Iran Coming Under Pressure To Withdraw From Syria

Filed in Middle East by on July 12, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Coming Under Pressure To Withdraw From Syria

On the eve of U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, pressure is building on Iran to withdraw its contingent of advisors and troops from Syria. Israel and the United States have demanded Iran’s pullout, as have Sunni Arab nations ranging from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. Even […]

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Amazon: Stop Selling Racist Merchandise

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Amazon: Stop Selling Racist Merchandise

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has a lot of explaining to do following a disturbing report indicating it sells white supremacist, neo-Nazi and antisemitic merchandise on its platforms. In an era when the alt right seems to be riding high, Amazon’s laissez-faire policy is downright disappointing and objectionable. According to a report issued recently […]

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Polish Cardinal August Hlond Was No Saint

Filed in Commentary by on July 9, 2018 0 Comments
Polish Cardinal August Hlond Was No Saint

Pope Francis recently issued a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of Cardinal August Hlond, the Roman Catholic primate in Poland from the 1920s to the 1940s. It brought Hlond one step closer to sainthood, an exalted status he surely does not deserve. One of his foremost admirers, the Polish priest Boguslaw Koziol, is arguing his […]

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Syria’s Latest Offensive Concerns Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 7, 2018 0 Comments
Syria’s Latest Offensive Concerns Israel

Syria’s current offensive to recapture Daraa province from anti-regime rebels is giving Israel cause for concern. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began sending reinforcements to southwestern Syria in mid-May in a bid to stamp out the last embers of the rebellion there. On June 19, the Syrian army, assisted by Russian airpower, Iranian advisers, Hezbollah ground troops […]

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Three Identical Strangers

Filed in Film by on July 6, 2018 0 Comments
Three Identical Strangers

When Bobby Shafran began his first semester at an upstate New York community college nearly 40 years ago, he was greeted effusively by some students. The warm reception puzzled him, since he had never set foot on the campus. He soon learned he had been mistaken for another student, Edward (Eddy) Galland, who looked almost […]

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Mary Shelley

Filed in Film by on July 5, 2018 0 Comments
Mary Shelley

As the acclaimed author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the first science fiction novelist. Her transition from cloistered young woman to acclaimed writer is the subject of Haifaa Al Mansour’s appealing feature film, Mary Shelley, which opens in Canada on July 13. A period piece in terms of atmosphere and language, this evocative movie […]

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A Deadly Legacy

Filed in Books by on July 4, 2018 0 Comments
A Deadly Legacy

In one of the most iconic photographs of World War I, printed by the mass-circulation Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung in August 1914, a young German soldier mounted on a horse reaches down to two civilians to bid farewell as his cavalry battalion makes its way to the front from Berlin’s elegant Unter den Linden thoroughfare. Unbeknownst to readers […]

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Boundaries: A Hollywood Road Movie

Filed in Film by on July 2, 2018 0 Comments
Boundaries: A Hollywood Road Movie

Shana Feste’s Boundaries, which opens in Canada on July 6, falls back on an old Hollywood cliche to fairly good effect. She places three people in a car and sends them off on a road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles. The travellers are Laura (Vera Farmiga), a single mother struggling with financial problems; Henry […]

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