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The Omar Khadr Case Rattles Canada

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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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Trump Rebuked In Poland

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 7, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Rebuked In Poland

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland on July 5-6, stressing the country’s importance as a loyal NATO ally. “Poland will always prevail,” he said, praising the courage and spirit of the Polish people in a major speech at Warsaw’s Krasinski Square.  The backdrop to his address was the memorial to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against […]

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Remembering Simone Veil

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 6, 2017 0 Comments
Remembering Simone Veil

Simone Veil, one of the greatest figures in modern France, died recently in Paris at the age of 89. Some years ago, I had the good fortune of interviewing her. This is what I wrote: There is no other political figure in Europe like Simone Veil. One of  France’s first female cabinet ministers, and the […]

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American and Israeli Jews Drifting Apart

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 5, 2017 0 Comments
American and Israeli Jews Drifting Apart

A major schism is looming between the two largest Jewish communities in the world, those in Israel and the United States. Together they constitute some 85 percent of the world’s Jews. For a number of political, religious and sociological reasons, they are drifting apart. It isn’t the first time this has happened in the long […]

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Is The American Media Imperilled?

Filed in Television by on July 4, 2017 0 Comments
Is The American Media Imperilled?

We live in age when the media in America is under constant fire by conservative elites. President Donald Trump has led the charge, having accused newspapers and television networks of manufacturing “fake news.” Journalism appears to be under siege, begging the question whether the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of the press, is in danger of being […]

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The Journey

Filed in Film by on July 3, 2017 0 Comments
The Journey

The “troubles” in Northern Ireland, which for decades violently pitted Protestants against Catholics, were finally resolved when their respective leaders, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, agreed to form a national coalition government. The manner in which these hardened politicians created the conditions for this historic rapprochement unfolds in Nick Hamm’s absorbing film, The Journey, which […]

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13 Minutes

Filed in Film by on July 2, 2017 0 Comments
13 Minutes

One of the most serious assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler’s life took place on November 8, 1939, when a time bomb assembled by Georg Elser exploded in a fabled beer hall in Munich, just two months after the outbreak of World War II. Elser, a factory worker and carpenter from southern Germany, was a Communist sympathizer […]

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Hiking In The Galilee

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Hiking In The Galilee

Far from the bustle of Israel’s congested coastal plain is a serene place in the upper Galilee that soothes the soul. The Mount Meron Nature Reserve, two and a half hours away by car from Tel Aviv and a 10-minute drive from Safed, is one of the most picturesque rural areas in the country, tailor-made […]

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The Crimes Of Islamic State

Filed in Middle East by on June 30, 2017 0 Comments
The Crimes Of Islamic State

Three years ago, on July 4, Abu Bakr el-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, ascended a pulpit in Mosul’s historic Al Nuri Grand Mosque and proclaimed himself ruler of its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. “I do not promise you, as the kings and rulers promise their followers and congregations, luxury, security and relaxation,” […]

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