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Trump’s Identifiable ‘Supernova’ Constituency

bush-trumpIt won’t be long before Donald Trump is forced into a lifetime decision; one far more reaching than anything he has faced before.  He will either have to accept the logic of exiting politics in a graceful, or even narcissistic, Trump manner… or seriously bet all his chips – money and brand – in the founding of an American populist movement, perhaps a stars-and-stripes’ version of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National [in France]. 

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Terrorism and Some Hard Truths

slamophobiaI was waiting for a doctor’s appointment with only the magazine rack for company. I usually don’t pay much attention to news magazines, seeing as how the range of politically acceptable points of view are pretty narrow in such sources. However, with time on my hands, I picked up Time magazine (November 30 - December 7 issue), the cover of which announced, “World War on ISIS.”

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Social Injustice Breeds Terrorism and Radicalization

San Bernardino, CaliforniaWhen it comes to crime in general – and homicidal crime in particular – America seems intent in proving to the world that we are a nation apart. And if the crime sub-specialty is one of mass shootings, such as the event which recently transpired in San Bernardino (California), we purposely shrug off a topic we prefer to keep hushed; a topic which brings out the inglorious fact that the rate of mass shootings in the United States is six times that in the rest of the planet based on population. Not double, not triple, but six times as high!

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Who is Right in Syria?

airstrikesHere is the situation in Syria as I see it: Russia is taking a long-range view and wants stability in post-ISIS Syria. France and the United States are taking the short-range view and really have no achievable plans for Syria’s future stability. Turkey appears to have given little thought to Syria’s future. Ankara may be willing to see indefinite chaos in Syria if it hurts the Assad regime on the one hand and the Kurds on the other.

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Israel Divides the Jews

Rabbi Rick JacobsSomething significant recently happened in the ongoing political-ethical drama that grips Israel and, by extension, Jewish communities worldwide. As reported by the Jewish Daily Forward on on 6 November 2015, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (a position that makes him the leader of largest Jewish denomination in the United States), publicly broke with Israel’s political and religious leadership.

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