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An Argentine Journalist on Fallout from Prosecutor’s Mysterious Death

The plot unfolded like a murder mystery. First, on January 18, Argentine state prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead from a gunshot wound. The timing was uncanny: Nisman had just written a 289-page report accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister of covering up a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. He had been planning to deliver the testimony the following day. Initially, the death was chalked up to suicide. But a few days later, the president said she believed Nisman had been murdered as part of a plot to discredit her. And this week, it came out that a draft of a request for Kirchner's arrest was found in Nisman's house. To understand the context and ramifications of these dramatic events, Moment spoke with Javier Sinay, an Argentinian journalist who writes  for Rolling Stone...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jews in the Civil Rights Movement

This weekend we honor civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr, who helped pave the way for a new era of racial integration in America. But he didn’t do it alone. In honor of MLK Day weekend, enjoy a sampling of our past year of special coverage on Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, online and in print. When Freedom Summer Came to Town In July/August, Marc Fisher of The Washington Post brought us on a journey back to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the year of 1964. During that long, hot summer, the Jews of Hattiesburg met their northern cousins on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement—and the two didn’t always get along. Civil Rights Act Turns 50 Reader David Goldstick recalls his experience defending the Freedom Riders as a young attorney just after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Reader...

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Rising Anti-Semitism and the Charlie Hebdo Massacre  

For the French-Jewish community, last week's attacks were a confirmation of their worst fears. After a year of rising anti-Jewish violence—attacks on Jewish families, synagogue firebombings, anti-Semitic marches—Jews are now fleeing Paris in record numbers, according to news reports. French authorities have acknowledged the severity of the situation, deploying thousands of police officers to protect Jewish schools and other “sensitive sites.” But is anti-Semitism really the main problem? We asked Michel Gurfinkiel, founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a conservative think tank, and a Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at Middle East Forum.—Rachel E. Gross When it comes to last week's attacks, how much are people in France focusing on the role of anti-Semitism? The events of last week were of gigantic proportion, politically. But what was important was not that it was an anti-Jewish massacre, but that it was a massacre at the...

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8 Questions for DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau

Washington, D.C.’s new Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is a rising leader who has been active in civic and religious life in the District of Columbia. Moment’s Miriam Edelman talks to her about how her Jewish upbringing and background helped shape her career. Q: Were you involved in the Jewish community when you were growing up? A: I come from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which has a very small Jewish community. My family was involved with the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council. I went to Hebrew school, but we didn't have our own synagogue. We came together for high holidays and occasionally for Shabbat. But it was something that I was really always drawn to. I loved that sense of community, and that's what eventually led me to seek it out as an adult. Judaism provided a context for...

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