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  • Theodore Bikel: A man in full

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2014 | 11:31 am

    In theory, I was supposed to meet the great Theodore Bikel because of the tribute concert celebrating his 90th birthday coming up on June 16 at the Saban Theatre. But while I was interested in the concert, which will feature a cast of musical and theatrical stars who have shaped...

  • Anatomy of a scandal

    By David Suissa

    May 28, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Recalling the story of an 89-year-old South Carolina veteran who committed suicide after being repeatedly denied access to health care, the candidate bellowed: “How can we let this happen? How is that acceptable in the United States of America? The answer is, it’s not. It’s an...

  • Can Elan Carr split the
    blue sea?

    By David Suissa

    May 21, 2014 | 10:54 am

    The last word I would use to describe my friend Elan Carr, an Iraq war veteran and criminal gang prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, is “dreamer.” For the many years I’ve known him, Carr has struck me as Mr. Reality— a straight shooter who sees things...

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  • J Street’s real failure

    By David Suissa

    May 14, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Just when J Street’s reason-for-being, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fell into a deep coma, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations gave the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” group new life by rejecting its bid to join the umbrella...

  • Paralyzing narratives: Why peace keeps failing

    By David Suissa

    May 7, 2014 | 11:44 am

    We're so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the most powerful country on Earth,...

  • Donald Tokowitz Sterling:
    A Jew minus

    By David Suissa

    April 28, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] My conversation with Donald Sterling


    My head is spinning from watching the horror show of Donald Sterling’s racist rants and his subsequent lifetime banishment from basketball. In case you’ve been on Mars the past week, Sterling is the billionaire owner of the Los...

  • Killing it in Mexico

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2014 | 8:39 am

    I confess that I’ve felt a little guilty luxuriating in a Mexican resort during this Passover holiday instead of finding ways to connect with the long and painful journey of my ancestors. But I did spend the first part of the holiday in freezing Montreal, so maybe that compensates...

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