Op-Ed

Blessed Tree

Are you looking for a tree? If you aren’t yet, it’s highly advisable that you begin your search now, before it’s too late. After all, the flowers of the fruit…

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In Libya, One of Putin’s Many Bets Is In Play

The strong pushback against General Khalifa Hifter’s bid to take the Libyan capital, Tripoli, endangers one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s risky bets. But even if Hifter loses, Putin will…

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A Presidential Right to Privacy

The latest demand from Democrats to investigate President Donald Trump has come from chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Richard Neal, who wants the Internal Revenue Service…

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A To-Do List for America’s Immigration Czar

During the mid-1980s, I lived in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as a U.S. foreign service officer. One way or another, I have been engaged with the border and Mexico ever since.…

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A Ban Whose Time Shouldn’t Come

“I suspect that the wise men and women up in Albany who thought of this brilliant idea don’t get to the supermarket that much,” read a letter published in this…

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Days of Tikkun and Judgment

“This month shall be for you the beginnings of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year …” A king might test the…

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Don’t Let Erdogan Steal The Election

Turkey’s elections on Sunday were a political earthquake for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist coalition. His party lost control of Ankara and Istanbul, where Erdogan was mayor from…

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Freedom of Religion Notwithstanding

The Canadian province of Quebec is poised for a breakthrough in militant secularism and xenophobia with Bill 21, which would ban certain public-sector employees from wearing yarmulkes, hijabs, and other…

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Some Words Are More Equal Than Others

Words matter. Just ask New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger. Within a few short days of tweeting the factually correct words “Palestine does not exist,” he was booted from the…

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Blinded by Hate

Anti-Semites who don’t want to be identified as such often claim to be anti-Israel. Or pro-peace. Or pro-Palestinian. They don’t hate Jews, they argue, they hate injustice. Their hearts bleed…

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Blessed Bang for the Buck

Across an ocean but hot on the heels of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s not-so-subtle invoking of the hoary stereotype of Jews’ wily wielding of wealth — “It’s all about the Benjamins,”…

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The Price of Apathy

A quick riffle through Israel state archives shows that election posters and propaganda have been a fixture on our streets starting from the very first election in 1948. Four years…

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Best Costume

Do you ever wonder about the donkey and elephant? Yes, the color lineup has also puzzled me in the past, especially since before the 1980’s the colors were reversed! But…

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Has Brexit Killed Democracy in the U.K.?

A recent article in The New York Times suggested that in an increasingly divided British society, one of the few things holding people together was their “loss of hope in…

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Capitalism Needs Reform, Not Revolution

When even leading economists are questioning the very idea of capitalism, you know the system is in trouble. In a recent article, Nobel economics winner Angus Deaton reviewed two books…

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Curing Health Care

The health-care market received a jolt from the Justice Department when it declared that it will seek a wholesale scrapping of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) following a…

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Bolsonaro Celebrates a Coup Brazilians Want to Forget

Ever since Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidency, speculation has swirled around what makes the choleric retired army captain run. No longer: It’s mothballs. This week, Bolsonaro instructed the nation’s…

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Bumping Bump Stocks Off Wish Lists

Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a Trump administration initiative banning bump stocks, the semiautomatic rifle attachments that enable the weapons to fire in long, sustained bursts…

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