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Most Israelis know nothing about Ari Shavit's bestselling book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Readers of Ha'aretz, where he's a columnist, may...

Herman Badillo died yesterday at the age of 85. He was a trailblazer in New York City politics, the first Puerto Rican to be elected a borough president...

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s declaration that Muslims discovered America, speculation he read in a pamphlet which lacked supporting evidence, tells a lot about the Turkish president’s...

There has been a lot of smart commentary on President Obama’s looming executive action on immigration--now expected to be announced tomorrow--and how Republicans might respond...

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I grew up against the backdrop of the Cold War. Leonid Brezhnev was...

The belated announcement of the death of David Greenglass has renewed discussion of the notorious spy case in which he played a principal role. Greenglass...

Last Friday, the world of literary criticism and the COMMENTARY community lost a major voice when D.G. Myers passed away after a long and courageous...

If you missed the Ken Burns homage to (some of) the Roosevelts, never fear. Here’s just about everything you need to know about it, minus...

On this day in 1787, delegates to the Federal Convention voted to approve a new Constitution, which was submitted to the states for ratification (which...

PBS is broadcasting the premiere of Ken Burns’ latest blockbuster documentary—The Roosevelts: An Intimate History—this week so it is to be expected that the film...

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of the poem that eventually became our national anthem. But though the bicentennial will be marked by...

On the afternoon of September 1, 1914—one hundred years ago today—the dead body of a bird was found lying on the floor of its cage...