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Russia And Iran Are Wary Allies

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Russia And Iran Are Wary Allies

The bilateral relationship between Moscow and Tehran has been converted into a growing strategic partnership. Since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, Moscow and Tehran have shared increasingly common bonds: growing tensions with Washington and a quest to expand spheres of influence in the Middle East. The deepening ties were reflected when Russian President […]

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Trivializing Nazi Germany

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Trivializing Nazi Germany

Alexander Gauland, the co-leader and a founder of the far right-wing Alternative for Germany Party (AFD), has trivialized the Nazi interregnum in his country. “Yes, we plead guilty to those 12 years,” he said of the Nazi era. “But we have a glorious history and one, my friends, that lasted a lot longer than those […]

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No Room For Small Dreams

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No Room For Small Dreams

Shimon Peres, a member of Israel’s founding generation, was one of its most distinguished sons. A wunderkind who was deputy director of the ministry of defence at the age of only 29, he held a succession of ministerial posts from the 1950s onward, the most important of which were the defence, foreign affairs and finance […]

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Disarming Hezbollah

Filed in Middle East by on June 3, 2018 0 Comments
Disarming Hezbollah

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres performed a valuable public service recently when he urged Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, to cease military activities and disarm. As well, he called upon Lebanon and the Lebanese armed forces to prohibit Hezbollah from acquiring weapons and building a military capacity outside the framework of the […]

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Russia Addressing Israeli Concerns In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on June 1, 2018 0 Comments
Russia Addressing Israeli Concerns In Syria

It appears that Israel’s concerns about an Iranian military presence in Syria are being seriously addressed by Russia, Syria’s longtime ally. The issue, considered of the utmost importance by Israel, has topped Israel’s agenda for months now. In February, in an unprecedented incident that sent shock waves through the Middle East, Israel shot down an […]

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Fauda: A Well-Oiled Israeli Thriller

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Fauda: A Well-Oiled Israeli Thriller

The Israeli thriller Fauda, which started on Netflix in 2015, is back again for a second season, and it’s every bit as good as the first one. Unfolding in Hebrew and Arabic, it focuses on an Israeli army undercover unit charged with flushing out terrorists in the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since […]

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Bagels Over Berlin

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Bagels Over Berlin

One of the most enduring antisemitic stereotypes prevalent in the United States was badly dented after it entered World War II. This anti-Jewish calumny claimed that Jews shirked military duty and that Jewish soldiers sought cushy jobs far from the front lines. It was all a lie, of course. More than half a million Jewish men […]

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Kasztner’s Crime

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Kasztner’s Crime

Sixty one years after his untimely death, there is still no consensus among historians and Holocaust survivors whether Rezso Kasztner was a savior or a collaborator. Kasztner, the acting head of a small Jewish rescue committee in German-occupied Hungary, certainly tried to save Hungarian Jews from the jaws of death, his admirers claim. But to […]

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A Surreal Development

Filed in Middle East by on May 27, 2018 0 Comments
A Surreal Development

On May 28, Syria assumed the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament, a non-governmental organization which, among other achievements, was instrumental in the promulgation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, an arms-control treaty that prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons. The presidency is rotated among its 65  members, and now it is Syria’s turn […]

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Let The Sunshine In

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Let The Sunshine In

French actress Juliette Binoche plays a lovelorn divorcee in Claire Denis’ middling film, Let the Sunshine In, which opens in Canada on June 1. Isabelle, Binoche’s character, is a Parisian painter in her late 40s who’s unlucky in love. Her lovers are either married or temperamentally unsuitable. The first two scenes are indicative of her predicament. […]

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