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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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The Weapon Wizards

Filed in Books by on October 1, 2017 0 Comments
The Weapon Wizards

Israel has come a long way from the tenuous days when it was habitually short of weapons to defend its vulnerable borders. And while Israel is still dependent on the United States, its chief ally, for its supply of state-of-the-art fighter jets, transport planes and helicopters, the Israeli arms industry has grown tremendously in the […]

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Valerie Really Messed Up

Filed in Commentary by on September 29, 2017 0 Comments
Valerie Really Messed Up

Yes, Valerie, you really screwed up. Big time. Your profuse apologies, masking stupidity, have been duly noted. What impelled you, a self-styled progressive and supporter of the Democratic Party, to retweet a despicable link that veered into the swamp of antisemitism? The writer whose link you foolishly retweeted accused American Jews of being a driving […]

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Rebel In The Rye

Filed in Film by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments
Rebel In The Rye

Jerome David Salinger’s iconic novel about adolescent angst and alienation, The Catcher in the Rye, has sold 65 million copies in 30 countries since its publication in 1951. Acclaimed as a masterpiece of American literature, it catapulted its author to fame, a status he categorically rejected as he withdrew  from the limelight. Having moved from […]

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Loving Vincent (Van Gogh) Is Visually Stunning

Filed in Film by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments
Loving Vincent (Van Gogh) Is Visually Stunning

Six years in the making, Loving Vincent expands the boundaries of filmmaking.  Shot as a live-action movie with actors and then hand-painted, frame by frame, by a team of 125 artists, this is an animated drama of uncommon vitality and creativity. Scheduled to open in Toronto on October 6, it’s a visually stunning and innovative production […]

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A “Second Israel” In The Middle East

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 27, 2017 0 Comments
A “Second Israel” In The Middle East

In the recent Kurdish referendum on independence, the citizens of the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq, to no one’s surprise, voted overwhelmingly, at 91.83 percent,  to create a sovereign state. In the run-up to the vote, opponents of the move tried to smear the Kurds by claiming they were, in effect, in the pay […]

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Romance of Aviation Evoked At Florida Theme Parks

Filed in Travel by on September 26, 2017 0 Comments
Romance of Aviation Evoked At Florida Theme Parks

The history and romance of aviation are evoked at two tourist-friendly facilities in Florida — Fantasy of Flight in Polk City and the Florida Air Museum in neighboring Lakeland. Fantasy of Flight, near Disney World in Orlando, possesses the world’ largest collection of vintage aircraft and enables visitors to experience biplane and hot air balloon […]

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The Fate of Raoul Wallenberg

Filed in Commentary by on September 25, 2017 0 Comments
The Fate of Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg, the Swede who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, was officially declared dead by Sweden in 2016. But 72 years after he vanished into thin air, the circumstances of his disappearance and the precise date of his death are still a mystery, much to his family’s anguish and frustration. Wallenberg […]

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The Eichmann Show

Filed in Television by on September 23, 2017 0 Comments
The Eichmann Show

The trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel in 1961 was an historic event. For the first and only time, a major Nazi war criminal would face justice in the Jewish state. Recognizing its importance, the international media sent correspondents to cover it. Israel considered the possibility of filming the trial for posterity, but there was one […]

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The Vietnam War: An Excellent PBS Series

Filed in Television by on September 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Vietnam War: An Excellent PBS Series

The Vietnam War was my war, so to speak. Let me explain. As it inexorably escalated from an insurgency in the 1950s into a full-blown conflict in the 1960s, prompting anti-war protests in the United States and other countries, I watched it unfold from the safety of my home in Montreal. I read David Halberstam’s […]

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