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Middle East

UN Peacekeeping Force In Lebanon Needs To Be Empowered

France has circulated a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for the extension of the mandate held by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Ideally, it should be renewed because that international peacekeeping force has played a fairly useful and constructive role in southern Lebanon since its formation in 1978. […]

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Middle East

China And Iran Forge A Pragmatic Relationship

China’s ambitions in the Middle East are laser sharp, driven by economic interests, a policy clearly reflected in its burgeoning relationship with Iran, the preeminent Shi’a power in the region. Unlike the United States or Russia, China has little or no desire to project its political or cultural influence in the region. China regards Iran […]

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Commentary

Criminal Charges Should Be Filed Against Two Polish Papers

Emboldened by vicious conspiracy theorists who maliciously blame Jews for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a Toronto Polish newspaper recently carried an article disseminating that outrageous calumny. By way of response, B’nai Brith Canada justifiably filed a criminal complaint with the police and requested an investigation of this gross manifestation of antisemitism as a […]

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Middle East

Lebanon — A Corrupt, Inefficient State

The ripple effects of the catastrophic explosion that levelled the port of Beirut on August 4 have shaken Lebanon to its core. The blast killed 158, wounded about 6,000 and left upwards of 300,000 homeless. Causing $10 billion to $15 billion in damage, it was felt 150 miles away in Cyprus, and was the biggest […]

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Commentary

The University Of Southern California Fails A Key Test

A university is an incubator of diverse ideas and a bastion of intellectual freedom. It most certainly is not an institution that discourages or downplays the valued give-and-take of lively debate. If this is an acceptable or reasonable definition of a university’s role in modern society, then the University of Southern California in Los Angeles […]

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Middle East

Anti-Netanyahu Protests Rock Israel

Politically speaking, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in a much better place a few months ago than he is today. Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud Party and Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, was riding high after forming a national unity government with his centrist rival, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party, and […]

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Jewish Affairs

Holocaust Restitution Claims Remain In Limbo

Numerous Jewish-owned properties in central and eastern Europe that were expropriated by the Nazis and Communist governments have yet to be returned to their rightful owners, as a recent U.S. State Department report lamentably confirms. Contrary to the Terezin Declaration, a non-binding document signed by 47 countries in 2009, Holocaust survivors and their heirs are […]

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Film

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Duplicity, larcency, arson and homicide are the key ingredients in Giuseppe Capotond’s taut thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy, which opens in Canadian theatres on August 7. The film, shot on location in Italy, centers around four characters whose lives intersect for better or worse: James Figueras (Claes Bang), a European art critic and author; Berenice […]

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Middle East

Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait Thirty Years On

Thirty years ago yesterday, Iraq invaded Kuwait, sparking an international crisis that culminated with the first Gulf War. On August 2, 1990, 120,000 Iraqi troops, spearheaded by an armored force of hundreds of tanks, thundered into Kuwait in a universally condemned invasion.┬áIn one fell stroke, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein gained control of 20 percent of […]

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Middle East

Israel And Hezbollah Have A Big Score To Settle

Observers are still scratching their heads over the uncertain outcome of Israel’s latest armed clash with Hezbollah late last month. Israel and Hezbollah have been bitter enemies since the 1980s, having fought a guerrilla war until Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and a month-long war in 2006. On occasion, they have clashed in […]