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Woman In Gold

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Woman In Gold

Maria Altmann, a Viennese Jew hounded out of Austria following its annexation by Germany in 1938, was a fighter. Determined to settle an historic injustice, she sued the Austrian government to regain five invaluable paintings by Gustav Klimt that had been commissioned by her late uncle, a wealthy art connoisseur and collector. Simon Curtis’ solid […]

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Chesterton Should Be Denied Sainthood

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Chesterton Should Be Denied Sainthood

Should an antisemite be considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic church? That’s the burning question now that a British bishop is in the process of considering canonization for G.K. Chesterton, the late British novelist and journalist. Five years ago, the bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, commissioned an investigation to ascertain whether Chesterton, a convert […]

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Quicksilver War

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Quicksilver War

Syria and Iraq, two of the most important countries in the Arab world, have fallen into an abyss of unbridled strife and violence. The American-Anglo invasion of Iraq in 2003, resulting in the ouster of its president, Saddam Hussein, touched off a deadly Sunni insurgency that was successively taken over by Al Qaeda and Islamic […]

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Ridiculous Rhetoric

Filed in Middle East by on June 15, 2018 0 Comments
Ayatollah Khamenei’s Ridiculous Rhetoric

Just weeks after ferociously labelling Israel “a malignant cancer” that must “be removed and eradicated,” Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dialed down his rhetoric. In a series of recent tweets from his official website, he wrote that Israel’s protracted struggle with the Palestinians should be resolved peacefully rather than through war. “To define Palestine’s […]

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Kurz Owns Up To Austria’s Nazi Past

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Kurz Owns Up To Austria’s Nazi Past

Visiting Israel this week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz minced no words in fully accepting Austria’s responsibility for its role in the Holocaust. For decades after World War II, Austria basked in the blithe, blissful belief that it was a victim of German Nazism rather than an active collaborator in Germany’s crimes against humanity. But in […]

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Hollywood’s Spies

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Hollywood’s Spies

In the spring of 1933, a Los Angeles Police Department captain submitted a report indicating that “considerable quantities” of antisemitic literature had been found littering the streets of the city’s downtown core. A new group, Friends of the New Germany, was believed to be behind this sudden burst of Nazi propaganda. An undercover detective was […]

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Environmental Terrorism

Filed in Middle East by on June 9, 2018 0 Comments
Environmental Terrorism

For about the past two months, the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have turned to a new yet primitive weapon, incendiary kites, to harass and harm neighboring Israel. Comparatively small in size, cobbled together with transparent plastic wrapping and carrying  flammable materials, they set fire to nearby agricultural fields, grasslands, and nature reserves. By Israeli Defence Minister […]

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Iran Nuclear Deal May Yet Collapse

Filed in Middle East by on June 7, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Nuclear Deal May Yet Collapse

Hard on the heels of the United States’ withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Germany, France and Britain this week in an attempt to persuade them to pull out of the landmark accord. Acknowledging that Iran had complied with the agreement, but complaining that Tehran had violated its […]

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Columbia Professor Needs To Be Reprimanded

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Columbia Professor Needs To Be Reprimanded

Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York City, has placed himself beyond the pale by having written a problematic Facebook post and a scurrilous tweet, both of which have been rightly condemned by students and faculty alike. In a Facebook post last month, which he has […]

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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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