Trump Embraces ‘Enemy of the People,’ a Phrase With a Fraught History – The New York Times

“The formula ‘enemy of the people,’” Mr. Khrushchev told the Soviet Communist Party in a 1956 speech denouncing Stalin’s cult of personality, “was specifically introduced for the purpose of physically annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.It is difficult to know if President Trump is aware of the historic resonance of the term, a label generally associated with despotic communist governments rather than democracies. But his decision to unleash the terminology has left some historians scratching their heads. Why would the elected leader of a democratic nation embrace a label that, after the death of Stalin, even the Soviet Union found to be too freighted with sinister connotations?Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Mr. Khrushchev and a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, said the phrase was “shocking to hear in a non-Soviet, moreover non-Stalinist setting.” Her great-grandfather, she said, “of course also used Soviet slogans and ideological idioms but still tried to stay away from sweeping denunciations of whole segments of the Soviet population.”

The unknown history of the Palestinian school funded by an Iraqi Jew | +972 Magazine

Ellis Kadoorie hoped that by establishing an agricultural school in Tulkarm, he would be helping to educate and improve the conditions of Palestinians and Jews alike. Little did he know it would become a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By Tamar Novick and Arie M. Dubnov The Kadoorie Agricultural School holds a special place in Israeli national memory; a second home for figures like the poet of the 1948 war, Haim Gouri, the future generals Yigal Allon and Yitzhak Rabin, and many of the Palmach generation, the school is seen as the spiritual soil from which sprouted the mythological Sabra. “Kadoorie…

Source: The unknown history of the Palestinian school funded by an Iraqi Jew | +972 Magazine

Ohio clergy first to recognize proposed ‘Pastor Protection Act’ is bogus: the Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess (Opinion) | cleveland.com

Three times this month, the Ohio House has held committee hearings on the so-called “Pastor Protection Act” (HB 36), a bill purportedly designed to protect clergy and places of worship from performing marriages against their wishes. This is bogus legislation, designed to confront a non-existent problem, and a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. Clergy already exercise unfettered discretion over marriage decisions.So what’s this legislation really about? There’s no other answer: It’s about protecting the falsehood, and perpetuating the stereotype, that LGBTQ Ohioans and our relationships are inherently secular, unholy, anti-faith, anti-church and, thus, anti-pastor, under the dual guise of exclusive religion and bad public policy. It’s about casting another net of shame over an already vulnerable group of citizens that still lack any statewide protections in housing, employment and public accommodations. This is Ohio masquerading itself as regressive North Carolina or Indiana, and it’s bad for business.  The God I worship is about loosening the bonds of oppression, not piling on. I serve the One whose burden is light, not made excessively heavy. But most importantly, as a citizen of this state, I smell rotten legislation when it’s foisted upon us.My clergy colleagues widely agree: we don’t need these protections; we already have them. Instead, as concerned Ohioans, let’s turn our legislative energies toward those who really do need our watchful love and compassion.

Source: Ohio clergy first to recognize proposed ‘Pastor Protection Act’ is bogus: the Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess (Opinion) | cleveland.com

Two years after Boris Nemtsov’s assassination, repeated protest is illegal and ‘no-one is safe’ – Inside Putin’s Russia – ABC News

“No-one is safe, of course we understand that. No-one is safe,” he told the ABC at the Solidarnost meeting in a hotel on the outskirts of Moscow.”After Nemtsov’s murder many people were really scared, many people left the country, many people stopped their political activities.”Because they thought if authority can kill a famous person, a celebrity like Nemtsov, the authority can do everything with a person like me.”Russia’s various opposition groups are seen as weak and disparate.”Oppositions look weak in every dictatorship because of pressure, because of police state, because of propaganda,” Mr Yashin said.

Source: Two years after Boris Nemtsov’s assassination, repeated protest is illegal and ‘no-one is safe’ – Inside Putin’s Russia – ABC News

U.S. detains and nearly deports French Holocaust historian – The Washington Post “When you really don’t know what you are doing but trying to please the boss – crap like this is inevitable!”

It remains unclear what about Rousso was identified as suspect by immigration authorities.Egypt — from which Rousso and his family, as Jews, were exiled in 1956, after a slew of anti-Semitic measures imposed by the administration of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz — was not among the seven nations in the travel ban, which had been suspended by the time he arrived in the United States.[Who is affected by the travel ban?]Furthermore, France is a beneficiary of the U.S. visa waiver program, which permits French citizens to enter the United States without a visa. All that is required is an online ESTA application before departure.For Marouf, Rousso’s ordeal was indicative of a strict new U.S. border control regime: “It seems like there’s much more rigidity and rigor in enforcing these immigration requirements and technicalities of every visa,” she told the Eagle.

Source: U.S. detains and nearly deports French Holocaust historian – The Washington Post