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Towards A “Truly Disadvantaged Alliance”

by Myriam Miedzian Photo credit Pax Ahimsa Gethen   SLAVERY WAS AN OPPRESSION unique to black Americans, who are and have since the end of slavery been the victims of systematic and extreme racism. Other groups have suffered as well, but not remotely as severely. That is why the “People of Color” (PoC) phrase is problematic. It lumps together […]

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Learning from the Trump Tragedy

ANALYZING WHITE WORKING-CLASS RESENTMENTS by Myriam Miedzian   AT SOME POINT in 2016, when it became apparent that a Trump presidency was not a joke but a serious threat to democracy, I was one of many on the left who were deeply perplexed. How could so many working-class and middle-class people be so stupid as to […]

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Gender and the Next Presidential Campaign

LESSONS FROM HILLARY’S DEFEAT by Myriam Miedzian THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY campaign saw overwhelming excitement about the prospect of Obama as first African- American president, and minimal excitement about the prospect of Clinton as first woman president. Why wasn’t the recognition of the momentousness of a first woman president in our 240-year history remotely comparable to that of […]

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Black Lives Matter Today, Not Only Tomorrow

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Problematic Perspective on Racism and Crime by Myriam Miedzian ATLANTIC MAGAZINE national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is a leading, if not the leading, black spokesperson on racial issues. He recently received a MacArthur (Genius) award, bringing his prestige to a new peak. His ascendancy may be bad news, however, for black Americans. FBI Uniform Crime Reports […]

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It’s Time to Convene an International Conference about Refugees

by Myriam Miedzian IN 1938, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT called for an international conference to deal with German and Austrian Jewish refugees trying to flee their homelands, where their lives were threatened. The ensuing conference in Evian, France, July 6-15, was a humanitarian failure. While the representatives of thirty-two countries deplored the persecution of the Jews, only one, […]

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Again with the Double Standard

by Myriam Miedzian IMAGINE A DISTRICT ATTORNEY ADVOCATING that a usually law-abiding citizen be judged much more harshly when committing an illegal act — cheating on taxes? sniffing coke? assaulting a man who attempted to rape his daughter? — than a Mafia don responsible for countless homicides, drug dealings, prostitution. Why? Because the first citizen basically respects the […]

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When Iraq’s Jews Were Forced Out

A Film That Dramatizes Their Exile by Myriam Miedzian Reviewed in this essay: The Dove Flyer, directed by Nissim Dayan. Written by Nissim Dayan & Eli Amir. United King Films, 2013, 108 minutes.   THE DOVE FLYER, aka Farewell Baghdad, was shown at the November 2014 Other Israel Film Festival at the JCC of the […]

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“The Green Prince” and “Son of Hamas”

by Myriam Miedzian Reviewed in this essay: The Green Prince, a film by Nadav Schirman, 2014, and Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices, a book by Mosab Hassan Yousef, 2011   I SAW THE FILM The Green Prince shortly after it opened in New York theaters in September. […]

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The Climate March: Unity vs. JVP

by Myriam Miedzian I’VE GONE TO MANY A MARCH — from Free Algeria when I was a student in Paris, to Get Out of Vietnam, to No War in Iraq. Many of them were very large, but the People’s Climate March in New York was the largest I’ve ever attended. At least 250,000 people, probably a […]

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Anti-Semitism: A Tale of Two Countries

by Myriam Miedzian MY INTEREST IN FRENCH ANTI-SEMITISM dates back to November, 2005, when I and a long list of others received an e-mail informing us that “only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic than France” and urging a boycott of France and everything French. A long list of anti-Semitic incidents followed. Metropolitan Paris […]

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