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Bopping in the Balkans

WELL, IN SLOVENIA, ANYWAY by Lawrence Bush THERE’S SOME KIND of car-horn concert going on in the streets of central Ljubljana this morning, so I just climbed back down and up 10 flights of stairs to our apartment to find out out what it is. Firemen on strike, blasting air-horns — a very musical-sounding strike. The young man […]

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OpEdge: Trump’s Stand-Up Shtik

THE JOKE IS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Marc Jampole   AT FIRST LISTEN, Donald Trump’s speaking style when he eschews the teleprompter seems chaotically free form, as if he had tossed a few dozen tweets and sound bites into one of his “Make America Great Again” caps and picked a few out, one at a […]

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Can Satire Undermine Donald Trump?

THE INCONSISTENCY OF THE PRESIDENT SHOW by Alessio Franko WATCHING Donald J. Trump descend a hotel escalator in June 2015 to announce his presidential run, an ecstatic Jon Stewart called it “comedy hospice.” Stewart would glide through the final weeks of his legendary seventeen-year stint at The Daily Show, slinging jokes that practically wrote themselves about […]

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OpEdge: Restraining the Military Budget

$400 BILLION ANNUALLY SHOULD DO! by Marc Jampole THE AGENDA of the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans includes raising military spending by billions of dollars. A lot of that money will go to developing a new generation of smaller, “smarter” nuclear weapons and to developing weapons that will inflict damage on the enemy without prior command by […]

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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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David Bernstein’s JCPA Sides With A Monied Minority Against the Rest of Us

by “Ellie Kauder”   THIS WEEK, journalist Josh Nathan-Kazis published in the Forward emails that showed Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA) President David Bernstein urged fellow communal leaders not to attack members of the Trump administration for their ties to white supremacists. While doing this, Bernstein and others used our fear of the violent Charlottesville “Unite […]

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How to Watch a Confederate Statue Fall

by Joel Schechter 1) CONSIDER IT ART CRITICISM While I applaud the decision of local governments and activists to remove statues of Confederate soldiers and leaders from public spaces,  insofar as the statues represent defenders of slavery, I also want to note the curious spectacle of an American President verbally defending these statues against their critics […]

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