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Middle East

Israel’s Supreme Court Strikes Down An Unjust Law

By an overwhelming margin of 8-1, Israel’s Supreme Court on June 9 wisely struck down a misbegotten law that would have enabled the Israeli government to expropriate privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank at its convenience and pleasure. The justices ruled that the Regulation Law, passed by the Knesset in 2017 by a … Read More

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Middle East

Pressure Is Mounting On Netanyahu To Cancel Annexation

International and regional pressure is building on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to walk back his controversial plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank. On June 12, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, in an op-ed piece for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, warned Israel that unilateral … Read More

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Books

America’s Schizophrenic Attitude To Racial Equality

The ongoing nation-wide protests in favor of racial equality and justice in the United States, following George Floyd’s wanton murder while in police custody, underscore America’s historically dual approach to race relations. As Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in Where Do We Go From Here?, a book published in 1967, “Ever since the birth of our … Read More

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Commentary

Muzzling The Press In America

I strongly disagreed with an op-ed opinion piece by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (Republican, Arkansas) which appeared in The New York Times earlier this month. Taking his cue from President Donald Trump’s misconceived and misguided threat to call up the army to quell violent nation-wide protests that erupted in American cities in the wake of … Read More

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Books

Legacies Of Nazi Persecution

Early on in her book, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (Oxford University Press), Mary Fulbrook writes, “The Nazi past continues to disturb.” What an understatement. In this massive and erudite work, Fulbrook — a professor of German history at University College in London — delves deeply into an interrelated web … Read More

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Film

Mr. Jones: A Fearless Journalist

Unless you’re very familiar with the Soviet Union and the foreign correspondents who covered it during the 1930s, Gareth Jones’ name does not ring a bell. Yet Jones, a Welsh reporter, left a lasting legacy in the annals of journalism. He was the first to produce an eye-witness account of the famine in Ukraine that … Read More

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Middle East

Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Runs Into Turbulence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently voiced optimism that his proposal to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements and outposts in the West Bank was virtually a fait accompli. Expressing confidence that the United States would recognize his plan, which would give Israel a permanent eastern border for the first time in its history, … Read More

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Television

Jeffrey Epstein: A Serial Sexual Predator

He was a predator whose unquenchable thirst for underage girls classified him as a pervert. Jeffrey Epstein, a financier whose estate was worth $577 million at his death, created what one lawyer aptly described as a  pyramid sex trafficking scheme. Epstein, having sated his lust, passed his victims on to friends in high places. Being … Read More

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Commentary

“I Can’t Breathe”

This is a tragic and gut-wrenching moment in America. The nation-wide protests, riots and looting ignited by the murder of an African American man by a white police officer on May 25 have torn the country asunder. These eruptions broke out amid a deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has exacted a disproportionate toll on African Americans … Read More

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Television

Somebody Feed Phil (3)

Phil Rosenthal is back for a third, though abbreviated, season in Somebody Feed Phil, a goofy five-part food show currently streaming on the Netflix network. Rosenthal, the creator of the immensely popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is a gourmand rather than a gourmet. Which means he has an instinctive rather than a refined approach to … Read More