A Ukrainian Clergyman Reflects on Babi Yar

Oct. 10 2016

September 29 and 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the massacres of Babi Yar, during which the Nazis, with help from local auxiliaries, slaughtered the entire Jewish population of Kiev, numbering some 33,000 souls. Subsequently, German forces used the site to murder Jews from elsewhere, Ukrainian nationalist and Communist leaders, Soviet prisoners of war, and Roma. At a ceremony commemorating the massacres, the Ukrainian bishop Borys Gudziak addressed the Ukrainian parliament on the need to prevent hatred from ever again becoming “a guiding spirit for politics”:

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More about: History & Ideas, Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, Ukraine, Ukrainian Jews, War in Ukraine

Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate

July 29 2021

Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.

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More about: Crime, Drugs, Hizballah, Iran, Latin America