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U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 28, 2018 0 Comments
U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

Turkish- American relations have been on a downward curve for some time now. Disputes over Ankara’s role in Syria, its policy toward its Kurdish population, and its growing hostility towards Israel have been among the major irritants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and Islamization of the country’s political system have worried Washington for some […]

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Remembering Israeli Iconoclast Uri Avnery

Filed in Middle East by on August 27, 2018 0 Comments
Remembering Israeli Iconoclast Uri Avnery

Thirty one years ago, on a bright sunny afternoon in Tel Aviv during the first week of December and only days before the first Palestinian uprising broke out, I found myself in the presence of one of Israel’s most iconoclastic and idealistic figures, Uri Avnery. Avnery, who died on August 20 at the age of […]

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War Criminal Finally Brought To Justice

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 24, 2018 0 Comments
War Criminal Finally Brought To Justice

One of the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust was finally brought to justice on August 21 when Jakiw Palij, a former guard at the Trawniki labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, was deported to Germany from his home in New York City. It was a unique event in post-Holocaust annals because Palij, 95, was the […]

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Crazy Rich Asians

Filed in Film by on August 23, 2018 0 Comments
Crazy Rich Asians

Jon Chu’s romantic comedy/satire, Crazy Rich Asians, opens up new cultural horizons for moviegoers. It’s the first mainstream Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all-Asian cast, and that’s definitely something of a breakthrough. White British actors appear in the first scene, a set piece in racism and revenge, but […]

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Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 22, 2018 0 Comments
Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

Most people do not realize that Christians, for centuries following the introduction of Islam in the Middle East, still constituted the majority of the population. From Greece to Egypt, this was the eastern half of Christendom. When the first Islamic armies arrived from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century, the Assyrian Church of the […]

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Nowhere To Hide: Chaos In Iraq

Filed in Television by on August 21, 2018 0 Comments
Nowhere To Hide: Chaos In Iraq

Iraq has only now begun to recover from one of the most unstable periods in its turbulent modern history. From almost the moment the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, a nation-wide insurrection, spearheaded by Islamists and nationalists, broke out. American forces eventually crushed the rebellion, which consumed countless lives. With the withdrawal of U.S. […]

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Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 20, 2018 0 Comments
Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

Seeking to expand trade with Asian nations, Israel has been seeking closer economic ties with countries like China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. It’s been a quarter century since Israel established diplomatic relations with Vietnam, which has a fast growing economy and is looking for economic projects that will allow it to offer work […]

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Another Antisemitic Blast From Malaysia’s PM

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Another Antisemitic Blast From Malaysia’s PM

Drawing on his infinite wisdom, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad claims that antisemitism is nothing more than an artificial construct. Interviewed by the Associated Press the other day, he said, “There is one race that cannot be criticized. If you are antisemitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal. Antisemitic is a term […]

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An “Administrative Mistake”

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An “Administrative Mistake”

One can only hope that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sincere when he claimed that the outrageous detention and questioning of Peter Beinart at Ben-Gution Airport on August 13 had been an “administrative mistake.” Beinart, a liberal American Jewish journalist who opposes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians, was […]

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Bibi: A Biography of Benjamin Netanyahu

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Bibi: A Biography of Benjamin Netanyahu

When the Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer was researching his now-published biography of Benjamin Netanyahu, he requested interviews with him. All his requests, formal and informal, were ignored. But when Pfeffer — the Israel correspondent of The Economist — and senior editors of the British magazine met Netanyahu in his office one day, the Israeli prime minister turned […]

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