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Lamentably, Zelensky Is Also Playing The “Nazi” Card

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is feeling the intense, burning heat of Russia’s unwarranted and unacceptable invasion of Ukraine. The Russian army is advancing on all fronts, despite ferocious resistance by the Ukrainian armed forces, and Kyiv, the capital, is virtually surrounded. Apparently intent on extinguishing Ukraine’s independence as a sovereign state, Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

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Israel Strains To Remain On Good Terms With Russia And Ukraine

Israel is straining to preserve its finely calibrated policy regarding the current war in Ukraine. Keen to uphold its status as one the few countries maintaining cordial relations with both the combatants, Israel has been careful to offend neither Ukraine nor Russia. It’s a difficult balancing act, and whether Israel can sustain it indefinitely remains to […]

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The War In Ukraine Agitates Racists

The war in Ukraine has thrown white supremacists and neo-Nazis into a tizzy. Until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, they were inclined to be pro-Russian, admiring Russia as a white Christian country and its president, Vladimir Putin, as an authoritarian strongman who stood for traditional values. Richard Spencer, the guru of the American […]

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Chrystia Freeland’s Faux Pas

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, attended a pro-Ukrainian rally in Toronto last Sunday. Amid a substantial crowd of demonstrators protesting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she stood between two people holding a red and black scarf bearing the slogan of “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine). A photograph of Freeland — an ethnic […]

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Israel Hews To Neutrality In Russia’s Conflict With Ukraine

A day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Russian ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, issued several comments on Israel’s policy vis-a-vis the current crisis. “We took note of Israel’s position,” he told the Times of Israel in an interview. “Our Israeli colleagues have repeatedly spoken about their concern for the safety of […]

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Russia Cynically Exploits Neo-Nazism And The Holocaust

Regrettably, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his corps of diplomats around the world have explicitly raised the issue of neo-Nazism and implicitly invoked the Holocaust to justify Russia’s nation-wide invasion of Ukraine. In explaining his reasoning for invading Ukraine — a sovereign country which attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 — Putin said […]

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Ukrainian Crisis Explodes Into War

Russian President Vladimir Putin has willfully upended the international order that has been in place since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. With Russia’s land, sea and air invasion of Ukraine, Putin has smashed the political status quo and redrawn the map of eastern Europe, Russia’s former sphere of influence, in a bold, […]

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Canada Is Not A Banana Republic

Police in riot gear are belatedly clearing the streets of Ottawa of Freedom Convoy protesters who have grossly abused their democratic right to stage peaceful demonstrations. The police are proceeding with extraordinary caution and deliberation despite the protestors’ stubborn refusal to comply with the law and disperse peacefully. Incredibly enough, several have assaulted policemen and even […]

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Ron DeSantis — Florida’s Spineless Politician

Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, has been touted as a possible candidate for his party’s 2024 presidential nomination. Judging by a recent incident in the sunshine state, he should definitely be removed from the list of contenders. The reason is clear. On January 29 and 30, 15 to 20 neo-Nazis  gathered on a […]

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The Goldberg Follies

I cringed after reading Whoopi Goldberg’s recent remarks about the Holocaust, but I also felt sorry and embarrassed for her. Appearing on the ABC talk show The View on January 31, the American actress and comedian claimed the Holocaust was about “man’s inhumanity to man” and “not about race.” Goldberg made these utterly inane observations […]