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American weakness is not a congenital condition

‘Reset’ for Israel? No thank you

With a mix of naivete and arrogance, Obama ‘reset’ relations with Russia five years ago. The policy was a disaster from the beginning. Let not Obama ‘reset’ US-Israel relations.

As if deep cultural, linguistic and historical influences and complex personal traits could be wished away, President Barack Obama believed he could “reset” Russian-American relations upon entering office. Just start over. Obviously, this could never happen, and it didn’t happen. If anything, this administration’s failure to face the reality of an obdurate, proud, independent and psychically wounded, post-communist Russia, headed by a former KGB agent, has profoundly worsened both bilateral US-Russian relations and world peace in at least six major ways.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:43 )

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Denver Jewry’s weekend of wonders

Visual sparkle and human delight flowed through our community last weekend. We scampered from event to event, Saturday night to Sunday night, and it was still impossible to cover them all. We mention just three highlights. The art show at HEA was a treasure of Israeli jewelry, paintings, challah covers and other decorative weavings, photography, handcrafted kiddush cups and other Jewish ritual objects, and decorative books.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:43 )

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Looking up

Pluto should feel pretty bad, demoted a few years back from being a planet to a mere asteroid. Evidently, there are quite a few — 715 to be exact — heavenly bodies identified this week by NASA to have a status higher than the forlorn little Pluto. These 715 newly discovered planets join about 1,000 others that had been identified in our galaxy before this week’s NASA announcement. The “new” planets were verified using data from the first two years of the voyage of the Kepler space obs...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:31 )

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North Korea: Does ‘Never Again’ mean anything?

All the “Never Agains,” all the Holocaust memorials, all the anguish over starvation in Biafra, killing fields in Cambodia, horrors in Bosnia, machetes in Rwanda, murder in Darfur, cannot hide the ugly truth: Humanity does not respond to mass murder. Item: Just last week, the UN issued a massive, 400-page report on mass murder in North Korea. Item: Already this week, the report is all but forgotten.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:30 )

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Ida Uchill, 1918-2014

There was an unmistakable edge to longtime Denverite Ida Uchill, who passed away late last week in Maryland. A respected historian, she was never willing to tolerate shoddy research and seldom hesitated to call those who practiced it — particularly historians — to task. Likewise, as a veteran teacher of English among other subjects, Uchill never brooked poor spelling, grammar, syntax or sentence structure. Members of the IJN staff who chose to spell certain words certain ways often heard f...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:57 )

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