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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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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

Filed in Middle East by on September 20, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

The Iran nuclear agreement, the object of Donald Trump’s withering wrath, could well be in jeopardy. The U.S. president has denigrated the accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Geneva in the summer of 2015, as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” Furthermore, he has threatened to abandon it unless it is […]

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Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Filed in Middle East by on September 19, 2017 0 Comments
Haredi Jews Should Serve In Israeli Military

Draft- dodging seems to come naturally to the ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, community in Israel. While tens of thousands of new recruits are called up annually to do their national service, risking life and limb to protect their fellow citizens, the vast majority of able-bodied haredi men shamelessly shirk their duty, claiming that their Torah studies […]

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Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 17, 2017 0 Comments
Iraqi Kurds Aiming For Independence

In 2004, I co-edited a book, De Facto States: The Quest for Sovereignty, that was to include a chapter on Iraqi Kurdistan. The person asked to write it didn’t come through, though, so it wasn’t included. Today such an article would be an absolute necessity. It’s been a long time coming, but on September 25 […]

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The New Right In Germany

Filed in Commentary by on September 16, 2017 0 Comments
The New Right In Germany

The Alternative for Germany, a marginal far right-wing political party founded four years ago, is on the cusp of a historic breakthrough. The AFD, which currently holds 13 seats in German state assemblies and in the European Parliament, is widely expected to win eight to 11 percent of the votes in the September 24 general […]

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The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

Filed in Arts by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
The Evidence Room: The Architecture Of Destruction

The Nazi machinery of mass murder is on stark and clinical display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The Evidence Room, a chilling and ghostly exhibition of white plaster components of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, examines the central role that architecture played in the construction of this extermination camp in Poland. The Evidence Room, which […]

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Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

Filed in Guest Voices by on September 14, 2017 0 Comments
Yemen’s War a Humanitarian Crisis

For two and a half years, Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which its internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by a coalition supported by the United States and Britain, is trying to roll back the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sana’a. […]

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