The Jewish Philanthropist Who Brought Educational Opportunity to Thousands of Southern Blacks

July 22 2015

Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), the son of German-Jewish immigrants, grew up in Springfield, Illinois, worked for many years in the garment trade, and in 1908 became president of Sears, Roebuck. He also invested much time and money in improving the lot of African-Americans. His story is the subject of a new documentary. Lisa Hostein writes:

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More about: African Americans, American Jewry, Film, History & Ideas, Philanthropy

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy