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Farewell, Rainbow

Filed in Commentary by on January 26, 2020 0 Comments
Farewell, Rainbow

My daughter’s dearly beloved dog, Rainbow, a Flat-Coated Retriever, died on January 24. She was two months shy of 13. Her death saddened our family immensely. I looked out my bedroom window a day after Rainbow’s passing and saw her paw prints in the snow in the garden, a place she loved. They will melt […]

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Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions

Filed in Middle East by on January 25, 2020 0 Comments
Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions

The much-maligned 2015 Iran nuclear agreement may be imperilled, but this does not necessarily mean that the Iranian government intends to withdraw from it any time soon. Last July, about a year after the United States unilaterally pulled out of the deal and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, Tehran began to scale back its observance […]

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Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 24, 2020 0 Comments
Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

The leaders and representatives of more than 40 countries descended on Israel to attend the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which took place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23, but only a handful were permitted to address the conference. The speakers represented the four Allied powers of World War II — the United States, […]

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Israel Inexcusably Snubs The President Of Poland

Filed in Commentary by on January 22, 2020 0 Comments
Israel Inexcusably Snubs The President Of Poland

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland will be solemnly marked at a Holocaust conference taking place in Jerusalem on January 23. Regarded as one of the biggest international events ever hosted by Israel, it will be attended by 41 heads of state and delegations from 49 countries. Among the […]

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A Poor Choice Of Words

Filed in Commentary by on January 21, 2020 0 Comments
A Poor Choice Of Words

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sacked one of his cabinet ministers, Roberto Alvim, not a moment too soon. Alvim, the minister of culture, was fired shortly after his delivered a six-minute speech on January 17 riddled with phrases from none other than Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s infamous minister of propaganda. It remains to be seen why […]

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Ukraine’s Nazi Collaborators

Filed in Commentary by on January 19, 2020 0 Comments
Ukraine’s Nazi Collaborators

Much to its annoyance and embarrassment, Ukraine is mired in a seemingly unending controversy over its ambivalent attitude toward the Holocaust. On the one hand, Ukraine recognizes the enormity of this unprecedented tragedy. On the other hand, Ukraine glorifies certain Ukrainian nationalists who were implicated in pogroms which unfolded during Germany’s bestial occupation of the […]

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The Keeper

Filed in Film by on January 17, 2020 0 Comments
The Keeper

Marcus Rosenmuller’s absorbing drama, The Keeper, based on a real story, is framed by two related scenes early in the movie — a dance party in the British town of St. Helen’s interrupted by a German air raid in 1944, and a group of German soldiers captured on home ground by Allied forces in 1945. […]

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Soleimani Posed More Than an “Imminent Threat”

Filed in Middle East by on January 15, 2020 0 Comments
Soleimani Posed More Than an “Imminent Threat”

On the eve of his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump has come under fire for having claimed that the assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was necessary because Iran posed an “imminent threat” to U.S. interests in the Middle East. Trump, in particular, claimed that Iran had targeted four U.S. […]

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The Art Of Pauline Kael

Filed in Film by on January 14, 2020 0 Comments
The Art Of Pauline Kael

Despite her status as one of America’s greatest movie critics, Pauline Kael was regarded as a persona non-grata by certain Hollywood movers and shakers. Diverging from mainstream tastes, she would pan popularly acclaimed films such as The Sound of Music, Lawrence of Arabia and West Side Story, thereby enraging high-powered film executives, who barred her from […]

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Bombing Auschwitz

Filed in Television by on January 13, 2020 0 Comments
Bombing Auschwitz

Should the Allies have bombed the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland and the railway tracks leading to it? This is one of the most burning moral questions of the 20th century, and it’s examined in some depth in Bombing Auschwitz, a taut and absorbing documentary by Tim Dunn due to be broadcast by the PBS […]

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