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Germany Haunted By Right-Wing Extremism

The specter of fascism haunts Germany. Seventy five years after the ignominious defeat of Adolf Hitler’s racist regime in World War II, far-right extremism remains a gnawing problem in contemporary Germany. Thomas Haldenwang, the director of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency — the Office for the Protection of the Constitution — said recently that right-wing extremism […]

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The Pollard Affair In Retrospect

The Jonathan Jay Pollard affair, a highly contentious episode in Israel’s bilateral relationship with the United States, has reached one of its final chapters after 35 years of acrimony. On November 20, the U.S. Justice Department allowed Pollard’s parole restrictions to expire, enabling him to remove the wrist monitor that tracked his movements and permitting […]

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Christiane Amanpour Stumbles And Apologizes

Foreign affairs analyst Christiane Amanpour stumbled into a minefield by comparing Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom in Germany, to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, was orchestrated by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. A moment of infamy, it erupted on November 9, 1938. The nation-wide violence lasted for two days […]

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Donald Trump’s Chaotic Presidency

The United States was on the cusp of a new era on November 7 after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the contentious U.S. presidential election. Having triumphed in Pennsylvania, his home state, and having increased his lead in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, Biden and his vice-presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, the first woman […]

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The Corbyn Affair Haunts The Labour Party

Britain’s left-of-center Labour Party continues to be haunted and torn apart by the checkered record of its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in confronting the specter of antisemitism within its ranks. Jonathan Ashworth, the party’s current shadow health secretary, was exactly right when he described Corbyn’s handling of it as “a shameful period in our history.”¬†As […]

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QAnon — The Latest American Conspiracy Theory

During his second and final televised debate with Joe Biden last month, President Donald Trump claimed to be ignorant about QAnon, an unfounded American conspiracy theory that fosters racial and religious prejudice and poses a potential terrorist threat, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I hate to say that I know nothing about it,” […]

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The Specter Of Radical Islam In France

The specter of radical Islam looms large in France and presents the French government with a complex challenge of monumental proportions. Less than a month after President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech warning that Islamic radicalism and “Islamist separatism” pose serious problems and that legislation is necessary to address them, a jihadist identified as a […]

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Tempest In A Teapot

Israeli actress and former Miss Israel Gal Gadot recently announced that she will portray Cleopatra in a forthcoming Paramount Pictures movie. In a series of tweets, she wrote that she and director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis will “bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen … through women’s eyes.” […]

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Facebook Belatedly Bans Holocaust Denial

Mark Zuckerberg finally got it right. At long last the chief executive officer of Facebook has cracked down hard on the scourge of Holocaust denial. On October 12, he announced that Facebook will ban posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will direct users to reliable sources, rather than antisemitic sites, dealing with this […]

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White Supremacists Pose The Greatest Threat To U.S. Security

For a long time after the Arab terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, which brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and killed close to 3,000 people, Islamic radicalism was regarded as the number one enemy. In recent years, however, […]