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Jewish Affairs

The Passing Parade…

They died recently, leaving a legacy of achievement… Gerald Edelman, 84, co-winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize in medicine, explained the process by which antibodies in the immune system defend the body against infection and disease. He launched his research at Rockefeller University. Gary Becker, 83, won the 1992 Nobel Prize in economics, illuminating people’s […]

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Middle East

Support For Israel In Canada Drops

Canadian support for Israel is on the decline, particularly among Canadians aged 18-34, according to surveys conducted by Forum Research Inc. in December 2012 and May 2014. In this age group, the polling company found, pro-Israel sentiment has dropped from 23 percent in 2012 to 12 percent this year. By contrast, pro-Palestinian opinion jumped from […]

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Guest Voices

Why Putin Is No Hitler

Fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine after the president, the oligarch Petro Poroshenko, declared an end to a 10-day cease-fire and ordered his forces to attack pro-Russian separatists. The Ukrainian military has been using air strikes and artillery attacks against them. Meanwhile, at his own request, the upper house of the Russian parliament had revoked […]

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Arts

The Rudolf Hess Mission

It was one of the most quixotic episodes of World War II, conceived in utter secrecy and ending in abject failure. On May 10, 1941, Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, lowered himself into the cockpit of a twin-engine Messerschmitt aircraft and took off on a flight from Germany to Britain. He hoped his solo “mission […]

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Arts

The Other Goering

We’re all familiar with Hermann Goering, the bulky, self-indulgent Nazi who commanded the Luftwaffe, played a role in implementing the Holocaust and served as Adolf Hitler’s second in command. But Goering’s anti-Nazi brother, Albert, remains a cipher, an unknown quantity. Or at least until now. Thanks to Linda Parkhurst’s documentary, Goering’s Last Secret, available on […]

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Travel

Kazimierz — Outpost of The Past In Poland

Having┬áread Thomas Keneally’s novel, Schindler’s List, Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg sought to turn it into one of his signature movies. But where would it be shot? Instead of some back lot studio in Los Angeles, he chose the southern Polish city of Krakow, where German manufacturer Oskar Schindler had saved hundreds of Jews by […]

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Middle East

United States Mending Relations With Egypt

As predicted by Egypt’s newly-elected president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, the United States has begun mending its bilateral relationship with Egypt, one of its most important allies in the Arab world. Less than a year after Washington imposed punitive measures on Egypt after the military-backed Egyptian government ousted the duly elected Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, and killed […]

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A Sunni State In The Fertile Crescent?

The various Sunni jihadist groups, in particular the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who are battling the Shia regimes in Iraq and Syria, are attempting to carve out a Sunni state in parts of both countries (and possibly also in Jordan). But this should come as little surprise. These countries are all artificial […]

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Arts

The Films of Satyajit Ray From TIFF

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), one of the masters of the Indian cinema, is coming t0 Toronto through the medium of a retrospective of his prolific body of work. The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray runs from July 3 to Aug. 17 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.   A sampler: Aparajito (Friday, July […]

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Jewish Affairs

Private Property Issue Looms Over Polish-Jewish Relations

Poland marked an historic anniversary on June 23. At a “Polish Freedom Gala” banquet, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto under the patronage of ┬áPresident Bronislaw Komorowski, Poland hailed its return to the western democratic fold. Twenty five years ago this month, the Solidarity trade union movement staged a peaceful revolution that […]