Chicago Jews Did Nazi WGN’s Yom Kippur Wishes Coming

(Chicago, IL — September 24, 2015) – A Chicago television station offering well-wishes to Jews on their Day of Atonement finds itself having to do some atoning itself. WGN-9 aired a story on Tuesday about Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Unfortunately, someone in their graphics department decided to use the symbol…

Holocaust Anniversary to be Commemorated, Celebrated, Shunned

(Auschwitz, Poland — January 27, 2015) – Most of the world is getting ready to commemorate the 70th anniversary of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Others are planning to celebrate, and still others are planning to deny. First commemorated 10 years ago, the date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the Soviet liberation of the…

French Toast: Terrorists Terminated in Twin Hostage Standoffs

(Dammartin-en-Goele, France — January 9, 2015) – Two days of sheer French terror came to an end as authorities ended two hostage crises by killing the abductors. Both situations appear to be linked to Wednesday’s massacre at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French weekly newspaper. While there has still been no official claim of responsibility from…

French Free Speech in the Crosshairs

(Paris, France — January 7, 2015) – Masked gunmen attacked the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo today, killing at least 12 and injuring an unknown number in this increasingly xenophobic country. While the motive for the attack may appear unclear at this time, the three alleged perpetrators – Said Kouachi (34), Chérif Kouachi…

European Towns Cope with Centuries-Old Offensive Names

(Paris, France) – If you suddenly found out your town’s name – a name going back for centuries – was offensive to a particular religious or ethnic group, would you change it? Maybe. Maybe not. Such is the discussion over France’s La Mort aux Juifs, a tiny hamlet a mere 70 miles from Paris. The…

Israel, Hamas Refuse to Address the Elephant in the Room

(Tel Aviv, Israel) – Day 14 of Operation Protective Edge turned out be just as tragic and frightening as the previous 13 days. And, with neither side seeming interested in a cease-fire, it looks like the war could stretch on for several more weeks. Israel lost seven more soldiers. Hamas lost over 100 civilians and…

Russia, Ukraine Complain about Shoot Down of Plane

(Kiev, Ukraine) – Just four months after a Malaysian Airlines jet went missing, the company is once again in the news. And, like last time, it’s not in a good way. Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down today, over the Ukrainian village of Torez, with a surface-to-air missile. MH17, a Boeing 777-200 en route to…