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Television

Sons Of Anarchy: A Greek Tragedy Set In California

It didn’t seem like the kind of TV show that would even remotely interest me. Sons of Anarchy, created by Kurt Sutter and currently running on the Netflix streaming network, is a crime drama about a motorcycle club in California. What could possibly attract me to Hells Angels types and their misadventures? Throwing caution to […]

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Middle East

The Rift Between Turkey And The United States

The United States and one of its key allies in the Middle East, Turkey, remain at odds over an array of contentious issues. The rift between Washington and Ankara may widen during the presidency of Joe Biden, who has yet to make a much-awaited phone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he previously […]

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Middle East

Another Inconclusive Israeli Election

Israel is mired in a state of political paralysis yet again after its fourth election in less than two years. Much to the frustration of Israelis, a fifth election may be looming. Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing partners, nor his opponents on the right, center or left, won enough seats to cobble together […]

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Jewish Affairs

The Archives Of The Nuremberg Trials Will Be Centralized

The complete archives of the seminal Nuremberg war crimes trial will be housed in a new center at Stanford University in California. Known as the Taube Archive of the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg, it will manage the long-term digital preservation of documents, transcripts, photographs, films and audio recordings from this historic postwar trial in […]

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Film

Normalizing The Occupation

It may be hard to believe, but Israel’s occupation of the West Bank has lasted nearly 55 years. I was a young man when Israel conquered it from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War. In the intervening years, Israel has consolidated its grip on the West Bank, which is presently inhabited by 2.6 million […]

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Books

Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism And The Creation Of Israel

Britain laid the groundwork for the emergence of Israel when, in 1917, it promised to facilitate the establishment of a “national home” for the Jewish people within the boundaries of Palestine.Two of its leading politicians, Prime Minister David Lloyd George and Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour, played an integral and indispensable role in this historic process. […]

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Film

Six Minutes To Midnight

Six Minutes To Midnight, a British thriller directed by Andy Goddard, reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 espionage classic, The Thirty Nine Steps, in terms of its ambience. Be that as it may, Goddard’s movie — which will be available on VOD platforms and in selected Canadian theatres on March 26 — is nowhere near […]

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Commentary

The Threat From the American Radical Right

Shortly after taking office on January 20, President Joe Biden asked intelligence agencies to submit a report about the rising problem of right-wing extremism in the United States. He requested it following the unprecedented assault on Capitol Hill by hundreds of rioters/insurrectionists on January 6. A declassified summary was released on March 17, warning that white […]

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Middle East

The International Criminal Court And Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted indignantly to the recent announcement by Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, that a formal investigation would be launched into allegations that Israel — and the Palestinians — committed war crimes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Bensouda, who steps down from her […]

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Commentary

Turkish School Textbooks Need Revision

Much to the probable detriment of Jews and Christians in Turkey, Turkish school textbooks have been increasingly influenced and shaped by political Islam during the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Islamization of the curriculum goes against the grain of Turkish secular practices brought in by the great reformer Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the first […]