Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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Susan Heller Pinto has the unenviable task of sifting through political cartoons that appear in publications worldwide and that many deem anti-Semitic, and then deciding which are egregious enough to be highlighted on the Web site of the Anti-Defamation League. She recalled a recent one in particular that likened Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to none other than Adolf Hitler...
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Back in 1994, Eugenia Mukeshimana was eight months pregnant when waves of violence broke out in her native Rwanda. As a member of the minority Tutsi tribe, the expectant mother was forced to separate from her husband and go into hiding. More than half a million people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were killed by militias comprised of the majority Hutus in...
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Back in 1955, the Soviet Union and the spread of communism constituted America's greatest threats overseas. Concerned that the country's policy-makers did not have a clear, long-term approach to what he rightly believed would be a projected conflict, University of Pennsylvania professor Robert-Strauz-Hupe established the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A half-century later, FPRI remains in Philadelphia, although its focus has...
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Stanford University professor Larry Diamond was against the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq from the beginning. He had argued that Saddam Hussein's attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction were nowhere near the threat to the United States that anti-Americanism abroad presented. As he writes in his recently published Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and Bungled Effort to Bring...
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It's been two years since the School District of Philadelphia has included discussions about the Middle East in its history and social-studies curriculums. According to officials, the district's teachers are no longer encouraged to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the United State's military action in Iraq. The problem, according to Jewish community officials, is that teachers are always free to...
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