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Television

Gripping Documentary Delves Into Neo-Nazism In Germany

Jews, Muslims, immigrants and left-wing politicians have faced an upsurge of violence in Germany in the past five years, reports Evan Williams in his gripping documentary, Germany’s Neo-Nazis & The Far Right, which will be broadcast on the PBS network and on YouTube on Tuesday, June 29 at 10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Williams, a […]

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Jewish Affairs

Poland Should Withdraw A Mean-Spirited Bill

Regrettably, the lower chamber of Poland’s Parliament, the Sejm, is considering a bill to limit the ability of Jewish and non-Jewish claimants to seek restitution for property confiscated by the Nazis during the Holocaust and nationalized by the Communist regime during the postwar period. This mean-spirited bill sailed through the first of three readings last week and […]

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Middle East

Reversing Trump’s Mideast Policies

Seventy three Democrats in the House of Representatives recently sent U.S. President Joe Biden a letter asking him to reverse his predecessor’s policy on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. Contending that Donald Trump’s Republican administration had abandoned the United States’ “longstanding, bipartisan” approach, the legislators affirmed their support for a two-state solution and urged Biden […]

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Middle East

Salvaging And Improving The Iran Nuclear Agreement

President Joe Biden has been saying for months now that the United States’ return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement will be no simple matter. He is correct, of course. Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, rashly withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and then proceeded to impose almost 2,000 sanctions on Iran and launch a campaign […]

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Books

Lewis Milestone — A Major Hollywood Director

Lewis Milestone was a major figure in the Hollywood film industry during its golden era from the 1920s to the 1950s. One of its most imaginative and prolific directors, he churned out 38 films over a 37-year period from 1925 to 1962, amassing 28 Academy Award nominations and winning three Oscars. Several of his movies […]

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Books

To Start A War

The architect of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was President George W. Bush’s deputy secretary of defence, Paul Wolfowitz. This is the considered opinion of Robert Draper, the author of To Start A War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq, published by Penguin Press. The decision to invade Iraq and depose its […]

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Middle East

Biden’s Evolving Mideast Policy

After nearly six months in office, President Joe Biden is tweaking rather than altering U.S. policy in the Middle East vis-a-vis Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Apart from concerted efforts by the United States to normalize relations with the Palestinians and return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Biden is more or less […]

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Books

An Army Like No Other

To the author Haim Bresheeth-Zabner, the armed forces of Israel stand at the core of Israeli society. The creation of the Israel Defence Forces, or IDF, was the most important priority facing Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, after he declared statehood on May 14, 1948. Since its formation on May 26 of that fateful […]

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Middle East

Deja Vu All Over Again In Gaza

Less than a month has elapsed since Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, ending their fourth cross-border war in 13 years. But in recent days, fighting has resumed on a far smaller scale, prompting speculation that even a short-term truce may be elusive. With Egyptian mediators having convinced both sides to lay down […]

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Middle East

Benjamin Netanyahu Towered Over Israel

Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu towered over Israeli politics like a colossus, ruling Israel for a total of 15 years and eclipsing the legendary David Ben-Gurion as its longest-serving prime minister. In a career spanning more than three decades, he was also Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, its foreign minister and its finance minister. And though […]