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Excerpt:His father’s experience had a profound impact on Royce, who is retiring from U.S. Congress after serving as a Republican representative from California for 26 years, the last six of which he was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The pictures of that concentration camp, the images there, the lesson of what happens when the U.S. is not engaged, the lesson of what happens during a period of isolationism, as was our policy at the time, and then all hell breaks loose,” Royce said recently at a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition event.
“The lesson of the cost of that in human lives — 6 million Jews in those camps and 50 million others around this globe who lost their lives — teaches you the importance of a focus on human rights, on human freedom, on the support for the infrastructure of..
“The evil, terrible, subversive, cowardly attack by the NATO army on Serbia and Yugoslavia is proof of the neo-Nazi policies of the USA and its satellites. Serbia will defend itself against the aggressor and will defeat the enemy,” Vucic was quoted as saying by RTS.Read more
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By Ambassador Robert Gosende*
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I recently had the opportunity to be in Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, for one week participating in the 7th Annual St. Petersburg Cultural Forum. I was invited to participate in the Forum by the Dance and Ballet section which asked me to describe the importance that I attached to the decision by the U.S. and U.S.S.R. governments to support contact in the Arts during the Cold War. I was happy to do this since I participated in such activities during my career as a diplomat in the U.S. Information Agency [JB – see].
This unexpected return to Russia brought my wife and me back after a long hiatus. Much has changed since we last were assigned there 20 years ago. Moscow and St. Petersburg, each always very beautiful cities, have been completely restored. The city-center streets are in perfect shape. Buildings are once again beautiful and great skill has been exercised, espe..
Sam Sokol, jta.org, April 30, 2019; original article contains video
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Earlier this month, just hours before the start of Passover, the British Labour Party tweeted out holiday greetings to its more than 671,000 followers.
“As Jewish people prepare for Passover, we’re wishing everyone in the Jewish community chag sameach,” read the now deleted message, which was accompanied by the image of a Star of David, a kiddush cup — and a loaf of bread.
The image of a food specifically prohibited on Passover, in a tweet from a party battling allegations of institutional anti-Semitism, immediately created a firestorm on social media.
Responses ranged from enraged to humorous. Joining the fray was the Israeli army, whose official account tweeted a “Happy Holidays” message with a similar image featuring matzah, an Easter egg and a Druze pilgrimmage site.
Responses on social m..