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Europe's Jews Tied to a Declining Political Class

January 27, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

As regular readers of my column will know, I am not an admirer of the analogy between the situation that Jews faced in Europe in the 1930s, and the trials and challenges we face now.

I don't like it because, quite simply, the differences far outweigh the similarities. First and foremost, since 1948, there has been a Jewish state ready to absorb any Jew fleeing from anti-Semitism—a lifeline that was glaringly absent during the period of Nazi persecution.

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Charlie Hebdo and the temptation of self-censorship

January 13, 2015  •  JNS

As predictably as birds flying south for the winter, last week's abominable terrorist attack on the headquarters of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, brought forth the usual burnt-out platitudes from those commentators who insist that Islamist violence is rooted in legitimate grievances with the West.

One of the most heinous examples of this outwardly-nuanced, inwardly-confused discourse appeared in a piece for the Financial Times by Tony Barber. By the second paragraph, Barber was sagely counseling us not to jump to conclusions about Islamist culpability—Anders Breivik, the far-right fanatic who murdered 77 mainly young Norwegians in 2011, was a Christian, after all.

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Obama's 'Islamic Republic' Doctrine: Trust in Iran Creates a Dangerous Mess

January 1, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

When Barack Obama began his first term as president almost six years ago, foreign policy chatter was prone to including terms like "regime change" and "axis of evil" in discussions about Iran. But as Obama sought to break decisively with the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush, he moved rapidly in the opposite direction, offering an olive branch to the Iranian regime within a few weeks of assuming office.

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Time To Rethink Holocaust Remembrance Day?

December 29, 2014  •  JNS/The Jewish Press

Do we need Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Since some may be incredulous that I even asked that question, let me first explain why I am doing so.

A scandal has erupted in Ireland regarding whether or not Israel can be mentioned at the forthcoming official Holocaust commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 25. (The official international remembrance day follows two days later.)

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A Bad Day at the Office for Nicolas Maduro

December 18, 2014  •  Commentary

If you want evidence that the Cuban regime is the real master of Venezuela's murky and corrupt politics, look no further than the statement issued by the beleaguered president, Nicolas Maduro, in response to the coming normalization of U.S.-Cuba ties announced yesterday.

"I am very happy," Maduro gushed, according to a report from the regime's English-language mouthpiece, Venezuelanalysis. "We must recognize the gesture of President Barack Obama, a brave and necessary gesture in history. He has taken a step, perhaps the most important one of his presidency."

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