Historical

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Marriage falls out of favour for young Europeans as austerity and apathy bite

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Experts blame economic and cultural changes for decline in weddings Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in most major European countries over the past decade, as austerity, generational crisis and apathy towards the institution deter record numbers of young people from tying the knot. The number of weddings has fallen to historical lows in France and Spain and has tumbled in other Catholic countries such as ... Read More »

The Cyprus issue: 40 years’ resolution and the matter of natural gas

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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle Last Sunday, 20 July 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s direct involvement on the island of Cyprus. The so-called Attila-1 offensive was a military intervention aimed at bringing ... Read More »

Australian FM: Armenian Case Not Genocide

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WASHINGTON, DC – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop informed the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-Australia) that it was Australian foreign policy not to define the Armenian case as genocide, and that it was unconstitutional for Australian territories to promulgate their own foreign policy. The Foreign Minister’s policy affirmation was in response to the inquiry of Barrister and ATA-Australia Sydney President Ertunc ... Read More »

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Israeli cannons fire toward Gaza this week. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part. We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now ... Read More »

Back in the Paleolithic Era: The First Mariners

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As a breakthrough of experimental archeology can be viewed the team project “First Mariners,” who built a raft by using only organic materials and copies of Paleolithic tools, and travelled on it from Kythira to Crete island, thus confirming archaeologists’ assumptions that Paleolithic populations were able to cross large shipping distances with their own makeshift boats. The First Mariners’ team started its journey with the ... Read More »

Treason …powerful, complexing … exemplary…

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Brian Walters’s Treason gives a powerful, compelling and horrific account of the life and martyrdom of Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer and aristocrat who committed an act of necessary treason in July 1944, attempting to kill Adolf Hitler and end World War II. The presentation is exceptional, with clips from films and newsreels, superb maps, valuable historical background and analysis, and ... Read More »