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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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Suleimani’s Assassination Could Inflame The Mideast

Filed in Middle East by on January 4, 2020 0 Comments
Suleimani’s Assassination Could Inflame The Mideast

Major General Qassem Soleimani lived and died by the sword. Killed by a U.S. drone strike in the early hours of January 3, shortly after landing at Baghdad International Airport, he was head of the Quds Force, the offensive arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which aggressively advances Iran’s military and political objectives in […]

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The Rising Tide Of Antisemitism In The U.S.

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 3, 2020 0 Comments
The Rising Tide Of Antisemitism In The U.S.

It’s a tragic truism that antisemitism, the world’s oldest hatred, confronts virtually every Jewish person in every generation in the Diaspora. And now, in the wake of a spate of violent antisemitic incidents across the United States since 2018, American Jews, particularly in the greater New York City area, are now exposed to this insidious […]

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Netanyahu Is Not Above The Law

Filed in Middle East by on January 2, 2020 0 Comments
Netanyahu Is Not Above The Law

The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, appears to think he’s above the law. On January 1, as widely expected, he shamelessly asked the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu dropped this bombshell about five weeks after Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit indicted him on criminal charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. […]

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The Irish And The Jews

Filed in Books by on January 1, 2020 0 Comments
The Irish And The Jews

The Irish and the Jews, given their vastly different religious and historical backgrounds, are not exactly two peas in a pod. But according to Aidan Beatty and Dan O’Brien, the editors of Irish Questions and Jewish Questions: Crossovers in Culture (Syracuse University Press), they are “two of the classic outliers of modern Europe.” As they state […]

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Marketing The Third Reich

Filed in Books by on December 31, 2019 0 Comments
Marketing The Third Reich

Germans during the Nazi era were “the targets of the most vigorous, lucid and sophisticated public relations campaign ever conjured up in all of history,” writes Nicholas O’Shaughnessy in his substantive work, Marketing the Third Reich: Persuasion, Packaging and Propaganda (Routledge), which follows on the heels of his first volume, Selling Hitler: Propaganda and the Nazi Brand. […]

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Israel’s Quest To Normalize Relations With Arab States

Filed in Middle East by on December 30, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Quest To Normalize Relations With Arab States

Shortly after defeating Gideon Sa’ar decisively in the Likud Party’s December 26 leadership race, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined his major strategic objectives. Apart from “finalizing” Israel’s borders and lobbying for U.S. recognition of its sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the Jewish settlements of the West Bank, he would work for […]

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