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Fire Foxman

Fire Foxman
By July 8, 2007

Abdullah Gul needed a favor. It was February 5 of this year, and the Turkish foreign minister was fighting a push in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the Turkish murder of over one million Armenians during World War … Read More

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Enemies Out of the Frame: Joseph Cedar’s Beaufort

Enemies Out of the Frame: Joseph Cedar’s Beaufort
By July 1, 2007

Ostensibly, Joseph Cedar’s film Beaufort (Israel, 2007) portrays the denouement of the first Lebanon war, which came to an end with Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. Undoubtedly, however, it seeks to comment on Israeli society in the aftermath … Read More

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Rise of the Faux-cialists

Rise of the Faux-cialists
By June 18, 2007

When Karl Marx famously said that events and figures appear twice, first as tragedy, then as farce, he might have been referring to today’s glut of hand-me-down Marxist kitsch. Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, pseudo-radicals had long … Read More

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The Decline and Fall of Ian Buruma

The Decline and Fall of Ian Buruma
By June 7, 2007

Ian Buruma has lately become a specialist in emitting bland fatuities that provoke stronger reactions than a Dutch liberal intellectual might like to see. I’ve used this space before to declaim against his ridiculous assertion that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is … Read More

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A Living Lens

A Living Lens
By May 1, 2007

For more than a century the lens of the Forward – originally known as the Yiddish-language daily newspaper Forvarts – has followed the journey of Jewish immigrants and their descendants into America, generating an eclectic group portrait of Jewish identity. … Read More

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Four Questions, Five Answers: On Passover, Peoplehood, and Policy

Four Questions, Five Answers: On Passover, Peoplehood, and Policy
By April 1, 2007

Even if all of us were wise and knowing sages in full command of Torah learning, it would still be a religious obligation upon us to tell of the going out of Egypt. And the more a person expands upon … Read More

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Hot Times in the Holy Land

Hot Times in the Holy Land
By April 1, 2007

Ten thousand years ago, hippopotami roamed a much more humid Sahara region in Africa that was filled with lakes and vegetation. Similarly, Israel’s climate of the not-so-distant past bore little resemblance to present conditions. More rain fell across much of … Read More

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Be Nice, or We’ll Crush You

Be Nice, or We’ll Crush You
By February 28, 2007

From: John Derbyshire To: Joey Kurtzman Subject: The flame of thoughtful conservatism burns low All right, Joey, I will indulge your curiosity. If tomorrow I submitted a piece to National Review saying, “Kevin MacDonald is really onto something. He’s doing … Read More

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