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Kissinger’s Revelations

December 15, 2010

As reporters continued to pour over the WikiLeaks revelations last week, the Nixon Museum released 265 hours of White House recordings from February and March 1973. In them, Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s national security adviser, can be heard saying, “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And […]

The Jewish State Debate

October 20, 2010

The latest brouhaha regarding Israel these days is the debate over the proposed ‘loyalty oath’ in which non-Jewish and Jewish immigrants would have to swear allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” before receiving citizenship. A debate over Israel as a Jewish State? Are you kidding? Unfortunately, no. As with all issues concerning […]

Turkey Then and Now

October 6, 2010

Kemalism was one of the most successful ideological political ventures of the 20th century. The reason is simple; it worked in an era marked by the collapse of other revolutionary ideas. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), the father of modern-day Turkey, created a republic whose population was 99 percent Muslim but whose constitution defined the state […]

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