Introduction: Holocaust and Genocide

Holocaust history Katherine E. Culbertson, "American Wartime Indifference to the Plight of the European Jews" (Hanover College) The Case for FDR: William J. vanden Heuvel, "America, Franklin D....
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Death Penalty

An issue that causes controversy worldwide is the use of capital punishment: sentencing those guilty of severe crimes to death. In the United States Constitution, the 8th Amendment outlines basic ru...
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Imprisonment in America

The United States of America has the largest number of people in prison of any country in the world. As of 2010, the US incarcerated population accounted for 25% of all prisoners worldwide. 49% are im...
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Holocaust Denial and Distortion

What is Holocaust Denial and Distortion? Holocaust denial is an attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. Key denial assertions are: that the murder of approxima...
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State of the Left

State of the Left is a regular insight bulletin from Policy Network that reports from across the world of centre-left politics. Each month it combines a Policy Network editorial with a range of po...
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Politics and Democracy

Summary coming soon. Role of government Political corruption Voting rights Campaign finance Lobbying Jewish vote Jewish lobbying / advocacy J.J. Goldberg, "Look Who's Speaking...
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Religious Freedom and Extremism

Church-state separation Freedom of worship Jewish community policy / action J.J. Goldberg, "The Meaning of Religious Freedom in Utah" (Jewish Journal) Interfaith Dialogue J.J. Goldber...
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War and Peace

Photo by Jayel Aheram (originally posted to Flickr as War and Peace) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Contents Laws of war Just War Theory Duty...
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Privatization of Prisons

Privatizing prisons refers to the government practice of contracting some or all of the work involved in constructing and maintaining state prisons to one or more private companies. Typically, politic...
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The War on Poverty

The term “War on Poverty” originates from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 State of the Union address. Johnson himself came from poverty, having grown up in rural Texas and never advancing in...
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Separation of Church and State

Freedom of religion is one of the fundamental principles upon which the United States of America was built. The original European settlers in New England made the voyage in order to escape religious p...
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The War on Terror

The term “War on Terror” first came into use in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, when members of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York Ci...
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War As Metaphor

The use of “war” as a metaphor is a common trope. Politicians often establish their commitment to conquering a given societal problem by “going to war” with it, as if the problem were a tangib...
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The Becker-Rosenthal Trial

“Beansie” Spills the Beans [caption id="attachment_5666" align="alignleft" width="221"] Herman Rosenthal[/caption] The Becker-Rosenthal Trial began with Charles Becker  (July 26, 1870 – Jul...
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Prejudice, Racism and Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism history "Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the European Union" (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France [by way of the Jewish Virtual Library]) Zvi Gitelman, "Rus...
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Fracking

Currently, the world faces a disturbing realty: the fossil fuels we use as sources of energy, once bountiful, have diminished greatly. With the rise of industrialism in the 19th Century, gas a...
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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Title page, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion, is an anti-Semitic hoax purporting to describe a ...
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Hidden Costs of Industrial Agriculture

Much of the agriculture practiced in the United States today is industrial-style agriculture. That is, farms are often very large, highly specialized, and run like factories with large inputs of fossi...
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