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The Uncivil Servant: After the Revolution

IN THE INTENSE NOW AND MAY ’68 IN FRANCE by Mitchell Abidor   WE ARE JUST a few months from the fiftieth anniversary of the events of May ‘68, the great uprising that seemed as if it would topple the French ruling class but which, in the long run, proved that ruling class’s flexibility and strength. […]

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JFREJ’s Evolution: A Conversation with Dove Kent

From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents. JFREJ’s Marshall Meyer Risk-Taker Awards event is on December 7th in New York City. Click here for more information. JFREJ, or Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, has been a vibrant presence in New York social struggles for the past quarter of a century, in coalition with […]

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Singing and Listening for Change

Michael Kline and Carrie Nobel Kline Talk Across the Lines by Helen Engelhardt “The recorded voice is an auditory window into the soul. The way we speak is the most integral detail of who we are.” —Michael Nobel Kline FOR MORE than 60 years, Michael Kline has been a documentarian dedicated to recording the songs, […]

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The Uncivil Servant: America, Seen from the Antipodes

by Mitchell Abidor Andy Blunden is an independent scholar in Melbourne, Australia. A Hegelian who frequently lectures on the German thinker and has published many books on philosophy, he is also an administrator of the Marxists Internet Archive. Andy is a longtime political activist who left Australia for England in 1966 after burning his draft […]

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December 13: Stalin’s Interlocutor

Emil Ludwig (1881-1948), a German-Swiss Jewish journalist best known for his interviews with Benito Mussolini, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Joseph Stalin, conducted the latter one in Moscow on this date in 1931. “Never under any circumstances,” Stalin told him, without irony, “would our workers now tolerate power in the hands of one person. With us […]

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Hany Abu-Asad, Director of “Omar”

A Jewish Currents Interview by Esther Cohen In the middle of yesterday’s snowstorm on the East Coast, I had a conversation with the great Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Asad, director of Omar, who was on his way to the Academy Awards, where Omar is one of the five nominees for best foreign film. This is Abu-Asad’s […]

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Megaphone: Jacob Bender, a Jew Among American Muslims

Interviewed by Mitchell Abidor From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents   WHEN JACOB BENDER WAS NAMED the director of the Philadelphia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in September, he became the first American Jew ever to lead an American Muslim organization. The reaction was enthusiastic in the Muslim community, with […]

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Ethics and Politics: A Conversation with Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen has been best known since 1999 as the writer of a weekly column in the Sunday New York Times Magazine in which he responds with acuity and humor to the ethical dilemmas of real-life people. For seven years, Cohen was a staff writer for Late Night with David Letterman, for which he shared […]

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Record-Keeping for the Nazis — and Saving Lives

A Conversation with Katya Singer by Susan Cernyak-Spatz & Joel Shatzky The moral complexity of the Holocaust is still being debated after more than sixty-five years, especially as more information is revealed about how some people were able to survive while others perished. Perhaps one of the most important, least-known figures is Katya Singer, who […]

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War Criminals in the White House?

A Conversation with Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus” — that is, the right to challenge one’s imprisonment before a judge — “shall not be suspended,” says Article I, Section IX of the U.S. Constitution, “unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public […]

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