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The Spy Who Fell To Earth

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The Spy Who Fell To Earth

On June 27, 2007, Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian hailed as one of Israel’s greatest spies, was killed when he fell to his death from a fifth-storey apartment balcony in central London. To this day, no one is certain whether he jumped or was pushed. Nor can one be absolutely sure whether he was an Israeli […]

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Netanyahu’s Prescription For A One-State Solution

Filed in Middle East by on April 7, 2019 0 Comments
Netanyahu’s Prescription For A One-State Solution

Self- preservation defines Benjamin Netanyahu’s narrow approach to politics. It is what makes him tick as a politician. It is his end game. Four years ago, fearing he might lose the general election, Netanyahu issued a last-minute warning to wavering right-wing voters that “droves” of Israeli Arabs were being bused to polling stations by leftist […]

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Germany’s “Model” Occupation

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Germany’s “Model” Occupation

Germany tried but failed to conquer the British mainland during World War II, but German forces nevertheless occupied a small bit of Britain, the Channel Islands. Lying closer to France than Britain, these predominately rural islands, near the coast of Normandy, were captured by the Germans on June 30, 1940 and held until May 9, […]

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Sunset: Europe On The Cusp Of Upheaval

Filed in Film by on April 5, 2019 0 Comments
Sunset: Europe On The Cusp Of Upheaval

Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes brought the unimaginable horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp uncomfortably close up in Son of Saul, which won the Academy Award for best foreign picture in 2016. Now, three years later in Sunset, which opens in Canada on April 5, Nemes transports us to fin-de-siecle Budapest on the eve of World […]

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Joseph Pulitzer Reinvented American Journalism

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Joseph Pulitzer Reinvented American Journalism

Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) was one of the giants of American journalism. The owner and publisher of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The New York World, he was an exemplar of the rags-to-riches saga so beloved by Americans. Arriving in the United States as a penniless Jewish immigrant from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he finagled his way to […]

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The Brink: A Portrait Of Steve Bannon

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The Brink: A Portrait Of Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, the fire-breathing American conservative ideologue, is bent on creating a global right-wing populist movement. In Alison Klayman’s absorbing documentary, The Brink, which opens in Canada on April 12, she accompanies Donald Trump’s former chief strategist on trips across the United States and Europe to lay the groundwork for this ambitious objective. A fierce […]

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Reconstruction: America After The Civil War

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Reconstruction: America After The Civil War

Reconstruction, one of the most complex, turbulent and divisive eras in American history, left a legacy of hope and terror that still haunts the United States. Extending from approximately 1865 to 1877, it raised a mountain of contentious racial, social, political and economic issues as Northerners and Southerners grappled with the outcome of the 1861-1865 Civil War. […]

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Benny Gantz Challenges Netanyahu

Filed in Middle East by on April 1, 2019 0 Comments
Benny Gantz Challenges Netanyahu

Two political parties, the first old and established and the second absolutely brand new, are striving for victory as Israel’s general election draws closer. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud Party, faces a stiff challenge from Benny Gantz, the head of the newly-formed centrist Blue and White Party and the former chief […]

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Facebook Faces Reality

Filed in Commentary by on March 31, 2019 0 Comments
Facebook Faces Reality

Facebook, the social network hegemon, has finally come to its senses. Within the next few days, Facebook and the company it owns, Instagram, are expected to ban or delete existing white nationalist posts. Facebook, with 2.3 billion monthly active users, made this known on March 27: “Today we’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation […]

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Defeated But Unbowed

Filed in Middle East by on March 30, 2019 0 Comments
Defeated But Unbowed

Islamic State, the fanatical organization that set the Middle East ablaze and ignited tremors in Europe,  has been militarily defeated but not snuffed out of existence. Last week, Islamic State’s last pocket of territory in Syria was liberated after weeks of battle. Its imminent demise was forecast in January by U.S. President Donald Trump, who […]

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