Quick Takes: Holocaust Memorials Without Jews

by Ralph Seliger   REMEMBER THAT Jew-less statement from the Trump White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dated January 27, 2017? Its actual wording wasn’t terrible: It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the […]

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A Solution: End the Korean War

by Ralph Seliger   THIS U.S.-NORTH KOREA crisis is threatening to blow up, literally, as never before. There’s no question that North Korea is governed by a dangerous and odious regime. And regardless of whether North Korea has a hydrogen bomb (a claim now widely believed), we know it has (or will shortly have) missiles with the […]

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Jews and the History of “Whiteness”

by Ralph Seliger This links to a Portside re-post of a Forward piece by Rebecca Pierce, a Jewish African-American who is a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement. Pierce correctly argues that the claim that Gal Gadot, the Israeli star of Wonder Woman, is not white is silly and perhaps even insulting — but I am troubled […]

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How Russian Intervention was Decisive in Electing Trump

by Ralph Seliger THAT MEETING of Donald Junior, Kushner, and Manafort with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Clinton goes to the cusp of violating the law — even if it resulted in nothing. Why so? Because there’s a federal law that prohibits receiving or even seeking help from a foreign source in any U.S. election. […]

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Golda’s Missed Opportunities for Peace

by Ralph Seliger AS WE commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s remarkable military victory in the Six Day War, June 5-10 of 1967, we note with a heavy heart that it also marks the beginning of Israel’s occupation over a non-Jewish population that neither welcomed nor accepts this situation. Still, Israel’s triumph over numerically superior […]

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How Obama and Hillary Clinton Failed as Politicians

by Ralph Seliger COMPARED TO REPUBLICANS, Democrats are shockingly bad at “doing politics.” (See this December 14 New York Times op-ed, “Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans,” by Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen.) For example, why isn’t the public being reminded ad nauseam of Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote lead over Trump? With the exception […]

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Jew-Hatred: Its Rise, Fall, and Resurgence

by Ralph Seliger ANTISEMITISM, the world’s oldest, ongoing hatred, morphed from its earliest days in ancient times as a theological prejudice, with the ascendency of the Christian faith to the status of state religion of the Roman Empire, to the racist doctrines of rightwing 19th- and 20th-century European nationalists. (I prefer the British spelling of […]

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