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Trump Versus Khamenei

Filed in Middle East by on May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Trump Versus Khamenei

Is a new war brewing in the Middle East? Judging by the events of the past two weeks, the United States and Iran could be on a military collision course sooner or later if cooler heads on both sides do not prevail. Yesterday, however, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defence Secretary Patrick […]

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Roads Taken: The Jewish Peddler

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Roads Taken: The Jewish Peddler

For about two centuries, from the late 1700s to the 1920s, the itinerant Jewish peddler was a perennial fixture in mostly rural landscapes around the globe. Weighed down by a pack on his back, or steering a horse-drawn cart crammed with trinkets and household products, he went house to house, farm to farm, mining camp […]

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Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Filed in Television by on May 18, 2019 0 Comments
Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Chris Tarrant, the host of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways, embarks on a harrowing journey in his latest episode, Hitler’s Holocaust Railways, which was broadcast on the PBS television network earlier this month. A¬†British train enthusiast, he discusses the role of trains in the Holocaust, travels to places like Terezin (Theresienstadt), Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lodz, and talks […]

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Viewpoint Discrimination

Filed in Commentary by on May 17, 2019 0 Comments
Viewpoint Discrimination

Williams College, a reputable liberal arts institution in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has roared into the news for the wrong reason. Late last month, the student council, known as the College Council, took political correctness to an absurd and unacceptable level by voting to reject a request from a pro-Israel group, Williams Initiative for Israel, to be […]

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Rebel With A Cause

Filed in Television by on May 15, 2019 0 Comments
Rebel With A Cause

She was a radical revolutionary and a professional agitator. Emma Goldman, a headstrong woman of conviction and resolve, was an advocate of free speech, free love and birth control in an era when such liberties were usually regarded as subversive. Above all else, she was an anarchist, a non-conformist staunchly opposed to capitalism. Her life […]

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Gaza Postmortem

Filed in Middle East by on May 14, 2019 0 Comments
Gaza Postmortem

A ceasefire has ended yet another round of intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. The truce, brokered by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations on May 6, has taken hold, but it could easily unravel and plunge the region into chaos again. The latest bout of cross-border warfare lasted […]

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Antisemitism On The Rise In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on May 13, 2019 0 Comments
Antisemitism On The Rise In Germany

Given what happened in Germany and German-occupied Europe from 1933 to 1945, the 12-year interregnum during which German Jews were persecuted and murdered and Germany orchestrated the industrial-scale killing of European Jews in the Holocaust, Germans must be particularly vigilant in combating the scourge of antisemitism. No one knows this better than German¬†Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

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Leading Lady

Filed in Books by on May 12, 2019 0 Comments
Leading Lady

Sherry Lansing broke the glass ceiling in Hollywood. The first woman to head a major movie studio, she was president of 20th Century Fox and chair of Paramount Pictures. As Stephen Galloway writes in the paperback edition of Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker (Three Rivers Press), she came of […]

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Ask Dr. Ruth

Filed in Film by on May 10, 2019 0 Comments
Ask Dr. Ruth

American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer whimsically asks Alexa, her electronic assistant, to identify Ruth Westheimer. Alexa’s disembodied answer is correct, bringing a smile to Westheimer’s face. “She knows who I am,” she exclaims excitedly. Westheimer, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, is indeed famous. Long a fixture on radio and television, the author of a […]

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Peterloo: A Film By Mike Leigh

Filed in Film by on May 10, 2019 0 Comments
Peterloo: A Film By Mike Leigh

Two hundred years ago, a crowd of men, women and children assembled at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, a major British industrial city, to demand political and economic reforms. The ruling elite, falsely but conveniently equating their demands with sedition and insurrection, ordered troops to break up the peaceful gathering. More than a dozen protesters […]

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