The War in Ukraine Has Given America’s Friends and Foes New Reasons to Get Nuclear Weapons

In 1994, Ukraine agreed to give up its nuclear weapons—placed there by its former Soviet rulers—in exchange for guarantees from Russia, the U.S., and the UK that its borders would remain inviolable. Twenty years later, Vladimir Putin violated those borders, invading and seizing territory, while America and Britain responded with mostly symbolic gestures. Ukraine is now fighting for its life. John Hannah observes how these events will change the strategic calculations of countries around the world:

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Is American Jewish Liberalism Dying?

June 30 2022

In the 1930s, a Republic Jewish judge, observing his coreligionists’ commitment to the Democratic party, quipped, in Yiddish, that Jews have three velt (worlds): di velt (this world), yene velt (the next world), and Roosevelt. Since then, Jewish devotion has attenuated somewhat, although Jews still overwhelming lean Democratic. Most American Jews, however, are unfamiliar with the terms “this world” or “the next world” in any language. Carefully examining a wealth of statistical data, Samuel J. Abrams and Jack Wertheimer argue that the sort of robust Jewish liberalism that characterized U.S. Jewry a few decades ago is in steep decline. Jews, they explain, are undergoing their own version of what political scientists call the “great sort,” whereby politics, religion, and place of residence increasingly align:

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More about: American Jewish History, American Jewry, Liberalism, U.S. Politics