Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 09 October 2022

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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While we build huts to remember the temporary shelters during 40 years of Israelite wandering in their
ancient flight from bondage, the true WONDER today is modern Israel and
Jews “never again” have to WANDER.




Ditching imperious ambitions to dodge military conscription – a message from the masses

By David E. Kaplan

Defying Putin. The mass mobilisation of reservists to bolster his failing forces in Ukraine sparks protests across Russia. (AP photo)

Over 120 years separate the writer’s grandfather – Max Kaplan – deserting the Russian army in 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War and Russian deserters today who too are unwilling to sacrifice their futures for imperial fantasies. Determined to throw endless more young men into the furnace, the writer reflects on the wider ramifications and the message of those who are defying Vladimir’s vanity!  


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Poland and Lithuania covering up the complicit cracks of the past

By Stephen Schulman

Poles Apart. While Jews commemorate the massacre of Jews, Polish lawmakers pass bill outlawing implicating Poles.

Truth is a commodity today that has to be fought for and never more so than when it comes to the Holocaust. Where once they killed Jews, now they try kill the identity of the killers. The writer peels away the deceit of the present to reveal the complicity of the past.


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The Arab Voice – September 2022

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Broad-based coverage on the Middle East, LOTL provides a platform to what Arab journalists – in their own words – are writing about the region.

The Arab Voice – September 2022

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

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