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The Only Living Boy In New York

Filed in Film by on August 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Only Living Boy In New York

Love and romance are complicated, all the more so when a father and a son are sleeping with the same woman. Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy In New York, which opens in Canada on August 25, ventures into that fraught terrain, first on tip toes and then in full flight. The film, set in New […]

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Dachau — A Laboratory Of Terror

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Dachau — A Laboratory Of Terror

Dachau was an “academy of violence,” as Christopher Dillon puts it in his chillingly informative book, Dachau & the SS, published by Oxford University Press. The first camp of its kind in Germany, it was a template for the Nazi concentration camp system — “a national school of violence” for the personnel who would go […]

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Trump And The Violence In Charlottesville

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Trump And The Violence In Charlottesville

U.S. President Donald Trump is not a person who minces words, yet he was strangely mute in identifying the motley gang of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members who incited bloody demonstrations at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which resulted in the death of a 32-year woman. In […]

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The Donmes Of Turkey

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The Donmes Of Turkey

Overtly Muslim and covertly Jewish, and blending Jewish, Christian and Islamic beliefs and rituals, the Donmes were one of the most secretive sects in the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the republic of Turkey. A closed, tight-knit community bound by the Eighteen Commandments — a set of strict social and religious guidelines — they […]

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Nasser’s Peace

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Nasser’s Peace

Egypt’s crushing defeat at the hands of Israel in the Six Day War created a crisis of confidence in the Egyptian government. Bouncing back from the depths of despair, President Gamal Abdul Nasser reacted to Israel’s victory by political and military means. In Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War With Israel (Transaction Publishers), […]

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A Tour Of Extraordinary Buildings In Florida

Filed in Travel by on August 11, 2017 0 Comments
A Tour Of Extraordinary Buildings In Florida

There is no place like it, at least architecturally speaking. The green campus of Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, Florida, houses the largest single collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the United States. Known collectively as the Child of the Sun, these geometric structures rise organically from the earth into the rays of the sun. […]

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Ingrid Goes West

Filed in Film by on August 10, 2017 0 Comments
Ingrid Goes West

Matt Spicer’s deliciously biting comedy, Ingrid Goes West, which opens in Canada on August 18, pokes gleeful fun at the Instagram generation fixated by the allure of social media. It’s set in Venice, California, a supposedly hip place, and revolves around an incredibly shallow, self-absorbed and unstable young woman who’s obsessed by hashtags, follows the […]

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Zundel — An Indefatigable Holocaust Denier

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Zundel — An Indefatigable Holocaust Denier

As Holocaust deniers go, Ernst Zundel was by far one of the most notorious ones, easily in the same slimy league as David Irving, Robert Faurisson, Arthur Butz and Ditlieb Felderer. A German national who lived most of his adult life in Canada, Zundel died on August 5 at his home in Germany. He was […]

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Imams Spouting Hatred Must Be Disciplined

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Imams Spouting Hatred Must Be Disciplined

Islam is supposedly a religion of peace and friendship, but if you’re Jewish, you may be excluded from its friendly embrace. Sermons delivered by two imams in California recently prove this point yet again. At the Davis Islamic Center, Ammar Shahin prayed for the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem to be freed “from the […]

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An Absurd Decision in Australia

Filed in Commentary by on August 5, 2017 0 Comments
An Absurd Decision in Australia

Is a synagogue a security risk? The question inspires derision, but unbelievably enough, a municipal council in Australia recently banned the construction of a Chabad-affiliated synagogue, Congregation of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, on precisely these specious grounds. The decision, taken in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, was upheld by a land use court, […]

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