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Islamophobia In Canada

Ed Holder, the mayor of London, Ontario, called it a crime “rooted in unspeakable hatred.” He was referring to the deadly hit-and-run incident on June 6 during which a 20-year-old local man intentionally drove his pickup truck into a Pakistani Muslim family out on a stroll. In one fell swoop, three generations of a single […]

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American Pogrom

It all started in an elevator in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31, 1921. On that fateful day a century ago, a local newspaper published an unsubstantiated story claiming that a black man had attacked a white woman in an elevator. In short order, a white mob ransacked Greenwood, the city’s African American neighborhood, in a […]

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Rutgers University Appeases Palestinian Students

Much to its discredit, Rutgers University — New Jersey’s flagship public university — stands accused of having swept antisemitism under the rug, as if it is a benign and harmless phenomenon of no concern to anyone. In what can only be described as an ominous sign of the times, Rutgers took this step recently in response to […]

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An Embarrassment To The Republican Party

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican congresswoman from the U.S. state of Georgia, has been mouthing her usual nonsense again. Last week, she stirred understandable outrage when she likened public health regulations enacted since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to the Nazi treatment of European Jews during the Holocaust. Several months ago, shortly after being […]

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Beverley Stern: Farewell To A Friend

Beverley Stern is gone, and I will miss her. She died earlier this month in Toronto after a battle with cancer. My wife, Etti, and I kept in touch with her by phone in the last year-and-a-half of her life. Regrettably, a face-to-face meeting was impossible due to the coronavirus pandemic. Almost until the day […]

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Naive American Politicians

Prior to the ceasefire that ended the eleven-day cross-border war between Israel and Hamas, the fourth in 13 years, the Democratic Party in the United States was torn asunder by the fierce fighting. Mainstream Democrats in the House of Representatives, like Ted Deutch and Elaine Luria, denounced Hamas’ brazen aggression and spoke up in defence […]

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The Armenian Genocide A Century Later

Joe Biden bit the bullet on April 24 and acknowledged what no previous U.S. president had ever dared to boldly state in public: the mass murder of Christian Armenians in the Ottoman Empire about a century ago was nothing less than genocide. Much to Turkey’s chagrin, 30 countries, ranging from Canada and Germany to Argentina […]

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Afghanistan — A Graveyard Of Empires

When President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, roughly a month after more than a dozen airborne Al-Qaeda Arab terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., he warned Americans to expect “a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have […]

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A Racial Reckoning

Justice was served on April 20 when a jury in Minneapolis convicted the disgraced white police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of African American George Floyd last May. Chauvin will be sentenced in mid-June, and in all likelihood he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Prosecutors categorically proved that Chauvin used unreasonable, even […]

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Madoff’s Legacy Of Shame

Bernie Madoff, the notorious swindler, will not be missed. Not even for a nano-second. He died in a federal jail in Butner, North Carolina, last week at the age of 82, his request for compassionate release having been denied in 2020. Serving a 150-year sentence, he was doomed to die within the walls of a […]