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Exodus: Why Europe's Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014.

Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against Jews in general. One of those trapped told Israeli television that the streets outside were “like an intifada”, the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.

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Canadian Nazi Party founder running for office in Ontario township

A man once notorious as a leading Nazi figurehead who continues as a vocal white-rights activist is running for municipal office in Ontario’s cottage country, where he extolls the racial makeup of his township as “whiter than the driven snow.”

John Beattie, campaigning for deputy reeve in Minden Hills, leaves little hidden about his views on race.

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Synagogue attacked, rabbi gets death threats

A wave of anti-Semitism in Germany, unleashed by the Gaza crisis, shows no sign of abating. A synagogue was attacked on Tuesday morning, a rabbi received death threats and anti-Jewish comments online have increased. Attacks on mosques have also risen.

Attackers threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the western city of Wuppertal in the early hours of Tuesday in an apparent attempt to burn it down.

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Putin’s strange bedfellows

Defending Vladimir Putin’s regime is a thankless task these days, when Putin’s bad reputation as Europe’s bully is rivaled only by his reputation as a repressive autocrat in domestic policies. It is also a job that makes the strangest of political bedfellows, with veteran leftist Tom Hayden on the same side as veteran right-winger Pat Buchanan. It’s a fascinating case study in ideological opposites converging over a deep alienation from the political mainstream.

Hayden’s article in the current issue of The Nation blasts “Western triumphalists” who, in the long afterglow of communism’s defeat, “sought to expand their sphere of influence . . . across the Ukraine to Russia’s border.” Then, in Hayden’s narrative, ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine rebelled against an unfriendly regime in Kiev — but the West wrote them off as “pawns of Moscow” while the Ukrainian government chose force over political settlement. Agreeing with Putin, Hayden blames the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to end a ceasefire — and on the West for backing that decision.

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Far-right mayor sparks fury with fountain paint job

A Front National mayor has sparked a cultural row after ordering the "ugly" fountain in his town to be painted two shades of blue to "brighten the place up".

Fabien Engelmann, 35, a political adviser to the far-right party's president, Marine Le Pen, has now offered to sell the sculpture back to the artist who created it.

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