Quick Takes: America is NOT So Great

by Ralph Seliger   IT FRUSTRATES me when politicians, including Democrats, feel obliged to intone how the U.S. is the “greatest country in the world.” The one notable exception on the 2016 campaign trail was Bernie Sanders, who looked toward Western social democracies — explicitly mentioning Denmark but clearly implying most countries in Western and Central […]

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O My America: Go Ahead and Boycott

by Lawrence Bush   YOU WANT to boycott Israel? You now have my blessing, thanks to Donald Trump. For the many years I’ve been associated with Jewish Currents, and for years before that association began (I was assistant editor 1978-83 and have been editor since 2002), the magazine has defined itself as “non-Zionist, pro-Israel.” This meant that we were […]

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Why Jerusalem? Why Not Beijing? Or Washington DC?

by Dan Brook   GIDEON ARONOFF, the leader of Ameinu, was wise in saying that truth is not always wisdom. Of course Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, as is universally known. What other city would be its capital? But East Jerusalem is also the future capital of Israeli-occupied Palestine, as is perhaps less universally known. […]

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Visiting Trump’s America

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild. The New Press, 2016, 384 pages.   THESE days, people all over the world are desperately seeking to understand the appeal that Donald Trump has for millions of Americans. To help us in […]

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Christmas with the Trumps. Khanike, Too.

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter (Donald Trump enters dressed as Santa Claus, backed by scenery of  a Christmas tree forest, a sleigh, and one red-nosed reindeer. Trump hands out axes to audience members.) Trump:  It’s Christmas time, America! And I’m giving you a big, beautiful Christmas present. Ivanka: It’s a Khanike gift, too. Alt-Right Torch […]

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