Muslim-Sikh Relations in Medieval India: Deconstructing the Orientalist Myth of “Perpetual Communal Conflict”

In showing numerous instances of concordance and amity among Muslims and Sikhs that occurred during the Mughal era, Prof Dalip Singh’s Sikh history differs from the trend of Mughal/Musalman-bashing characterizing most of Mughal-Sikh Orientalist historiography. During the Mughal rule, ordinary Sikhs and Muslims as well as their leaders endeavored to maintain peaceful coexistence between these …

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Four Myths About World War II

This ancient fortress city that guards the traditional invasion route along the Meuse River from Germany into France is a good place to reflect on the lingering myths that still cloud our understanding of World War II. President Barack Obama was just in Normandy, observing the 65th anniversary of D-Day. First, France’s army did not …

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Who Wrote the Balfour Declaration and Why: The World War I Connection

Excerpted from Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel Most analysts consider WWI a pointless conflict that resulted from diplomatic entanglements rather than some travesty of justice or aggression. Yet, it was catastrophic to a generation of Europeans, killing 14 million people.[i] The United States joined …

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President Harry S. Truman and the Jews

"The Jews, I find are very selfish... When they have power, physical or political, neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the underdog." President Harry Truman Personal Diary (entry dated July 21, 1947) Once upon a time, the Zionist Jews who control America loved President Harry S. Truman. Starting …

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The surrender of Jerusalem to the British, December 9, 1917. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Remembering the Ottoman Empire in Palestine

The last months of this year contain two landmark centenaries in the history of Palestine. The first is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, on November 2nd. On that day, while Israelis celebrate, the Palestinians will mourn the short letter which, three decades later, took their country from them, the Nakba which led to …

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The first soviet atomic bomb test, first lightning, Semipalatinsk test site area, Aug. 29, 1949. Source: Getty Images

Cloak, Dagger and Scientific Brilliance: The Making of the Soviet Atom Bomb

On August 29, 1949 the Soviet Union tested its first atomic weapon, detonating the RDS-1 nuclear bomb. Spy intelligence played a huge role in the project’s success, and the data gathered from the U.S. nuclear weapons program helped Soviet scientists to avoid mistakes. The nuclear arms race began over 60 years ago, and according to …

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The Balfour Declaration: A Study in British Duplicity

It's been nearly 100 years since the document changed the course of history, yet Britain still fails to acknowledge Israel's denial of the Palestinian right to national self-determination - and its own complicity. The Balfour Declaration, issued on 2 November 1917, was a short document which changed the course of history. It committed the British …

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Tyranny at Nuremberg. The Criminalization of War

The showtrial of a somewhat arbitrarily selected group of 21 surviving Nazis at Nuremberg during 1945-46 was US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson’s show. Jackson was the chief prosecutor. As a long-time admirer of Jackson, I always assumed that he did a good job. My admiration for Jackson stems from his defense of law as …

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