Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 February 2021

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Ukraine Today, Where Tomorrow?

The threat of a cataclysmic clash on European soil – Again!

By David E. Kaplan

Predator on the Prowl. Satirical and tyrannical – an old style autocrat ready to set a world ablaze to satisfy an expansive appetite.

The headlines today are frightening – a countdown  to another bloody conflagration on European soil followed by a return to a “Cold War”. Can sanity, morality and steady-hand leadership prevail to prevent this unnecessary path to global madness.

Ukraine Today, Where Tomorrow?

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Education and the Thought Police

The Thought Police are eroding history bringing us to a cultural tipping point

By Rolene Marks

Age of Outrage. Letting slip something racist, bigoted or offensive, some of the talk show hosts to land recently in hot water.

We are at a critical juncture in our “education” when agendas trump history and dissenting voices are suppressed, inhibiting authentic public discourse in favour of what the writer terms a “herd think mentality”.

Education and the Thought Police

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The Great Aliyah of Soviet Jewry

Recounting a personal participation of one of the great adventures of the 20th century

By Jonathan Davis

Celebrating Freedom. Released from prison 24 hours earlier, Yuli Kosharovsky (left) with writer (right) at Seder in Leningrad.

Over three decades ago, a million emigres from the former Soviet Union started arriving in Israel, increasing its population substantially and enriching its culture immeasurably. A recent controversy over a song by a popular Israeli singer, ignited the writer to respond by sharing his inspiring contribution in helping facilitate this 20th century miracle.

The Great Aliyah of Soviet Jewry

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LOTL Co-founders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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