Robert Zaretsky


France's Quickly Changing Face

By Robert Zaretsky

France's Quickly Changing Face
Recent municipal elections in France point to an increase in support for harsh anti-immigration policies. Robert Zaretsky sees in the ascendancy of these views a turn toward the worse.Read More


Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism

By Robert Zaretsky

Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism
Martin Heidegger’s existential philosophy has long been undermined by his Nazi sympathies. The forthcoming publication of his ‘Black Notebooks’ promise to reignite the controversy.Read More


Why All of France Should Shiver When Demonstrators Shout: 'Jews Out'

By Robert Zaretsky

Why All of France Should Shiver When Demonstrators Shout: 'Jews Out'
For the first time since the Nazi occupation, cries of ‘Jews out’ were heard on the streets of Paris last week. Robert Zaretsky explains why all of France should be very worried.Read More


Dreyfus Affair Continues To Intrigue and Confound After a Century

By Robert Zaretsky

Dreyfus Affair Continues To Intrigue and Confound After a Century
The conviction of Alfred Dreyfus thrust him — and an entire nation — onto the world stage. ‘Fatherland’ author Robert Harris fictionalizes the famous story of anti-Semitism.Read More


Tunisia Makes Progress on Minority Rights — And the World Ignores It

By Robert Zaretsky

Tunisia Makes Progress on Minority Rights — And the World Ignores It
With three years since the revolution in Tunisia and progress on a constitution that protects Jews and minorities, Robert Zaretsky can’t understand why this good news is being ignored.Read More






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