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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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Ominous Clouds Over French Jewry

December 15, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

It's an article that's more than 10 years old now, but I still maintain that anyone who wants to get an insight into the dynamics of anti-Semitism in France would do well to consult "France's Scarlet Letter," published by the journalist Marie Brenner in the June 2003 edition of Vanity Fair.

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BDS Opponents Mobilize Against 'Unrepresentative' UAW 2865 Vote, Citing Bias and Intimidation

December 11, 2014  •  The Algemeiner

Labor union activists opposed to the anti-Semitic BDS movement at the University of California are gearing up for a bitter political battle, following yesterday's decision by UAW 2865 – the local chapter which represents more than 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors, and other student-workers – to join the BDS campaign "until such time as Israel has complied with international law and respected the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and all Palestinians refugees and exiles."

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Don't let Palestinian extremism hijack debate about policing in America

December 10, 2014  •  JNS/Sun Sentinel

A winter of discontent is brewing in America.

Over the last fortnight, large parts of the country have seethed with anger, first at the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown — 18 years old, and black — and second, at the decision of a grand jury in New York not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island police officer who placed Eric Garner — 43 years old, and black — in the chokehold that contributed to his death minutes later.

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Tragedy of Mizrahi Jewish Refugees Emerges From the Shadows

December 2, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

To properly understand how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel's collective consciousness, one should visit the country on the 27th of Nisan, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May in the solar one. On that day, Yom HaShoah, the unsuspecting visitor is dumbstruck by the sight of an entire country coming to a halt.

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