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Hard sell? What about hard buy?

By Maureen Lipman, March 5, 2009

A shutter and blind company are flooding my mailbox and infiltrating my magazines. I won’t name them because further publicity will only buy them more stamps, but as it happens I need two sets of shutters for the front bedrooms of my flat.

I love shutters. They please me. They are stylish and they do the job. I love them on old French chateaux in dusty celadon green and I love them on my new French windows in sparkling white.

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The jury is still out on the wartime pope

By Ed Kessler, March 5, 2009

Discussion of the new evidence about the behaviour of Pius XII during the Holocaust ignores the fact that most of the findings are not all that new and actually sidestep the central issue about Pius’ papacy: did he do all he could and did he do it soon enough?

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While the West thinks, Iran spins uranium

By Tim Marshall, March 5, 2009

The man with his finger on the button has pressed pause, but not for long. One way or another, the reckoning with Iran is approaching, and the Americans want to know how much help or hindrance the Russians will provide when the going gets tough.

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Book Week proves our culture is booming

By David Herman, February 26, 2009

Something is stirring in Jewish life in Britain. For years, critics attacked Anglo-Jewry for its philistinism. Too middlebrow. Too materialistic. Where are the new Pinters and Weskers? The reason we don’t have them, the argument went, is that there aren’t the readers. British Jews don’t care about books or ideas.

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We are all funding Hamas’s war

By Gunnar Heinsohn, February 26, 2009

Consider this: when Hamas routed Fatah in Gaza in 2007, it cost nearly 350 lives and 1,000 wounded. Fatah’s surrender brought only a temporary stop to the type of bloodshed that is commonly seen where at least 30 per cent of the male population is aged 15 to 29. In such “youth bulge” countries, young men tend to eliminate each other or get killed in aggressive wars until a balance is reached between their ambitions and the number of acceptable positions available in their society.

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Why Waltz with Bashir has unhappy ending

By Katie Green, February 26, 2009

The other night, I watched on TV as Israeli film industry luminaries partied at an event in honour of Ari Folman’s documentary, Waltz with Bashir. “Wouldn’t it be great if we got the Oscar?” asked a beaming Channel 2 presenter afterwards.

My answer is that, no, it would not have been great. This film has done enough damage already.

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Now goy girls want Jewish men

By Hadley Freeman, February 26, 2009

So I was going to write about how totally hilarious it is that The Reader has proven that Hollywood has become so blinded by the theory that portraying the Holocaust on film is A Good Thing that a movie can somehow argue that antisemitism is analogous with illiteracy and is therefore similarly redeemable.

But then I thought, why depress yourself? So instead, I’m going to write about how everyone wants to be Jewish.

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Osama’s Useful Idiots threaten the terror war

By Tim Marshall, February 19, 2009

This week the Pakistani government woke up to its worst nightmare and promptly dreamed up a plan which is likely to make things worse, Pakistan is now sleepwalking to disaster.

The nightmare is an Islamist victory. It has been partially handed to the Taliban on an altar, upon which has been sacrificed the soul of Pakistan.

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Sorry Canada, you’re boring

By Joe Joseph, February 19, 2009

Let me say one word to you: Canada. Ring any bells? It’s coming back to you. But it takes a while, doesn’t it? It’s so easy to forget Canada exists. It’s never in the news. It’s the country equivalent of the friend you always forget to invite to your party because it slips your mind he’s actually still alive. Canada’s low profile explains a lot about the country, including its motto (“Yoo-hoo! We’re over here!”).

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Why Israel needs Lieberman’s ideas now

By Danny Ayalon, February 19, 2009

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu became the third largest political party in Israel after last week’s elections. Its two main policies concerned citizenship and the replacement of ‘land for peace’ initiatives in favour of ‘land for land’. Both of these proposals bring a fresh perspective to stubborn problems in Israel and beyond.

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