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Sandy Tolan is the author of “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land,” a finalist for a 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the...

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50 Years After the Six-Day War: How to Make Peace in the Holy Land


Here is a direct, doable guide to help counteract today’s dire realities and bring substantive change to the region.

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Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War


With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

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The Siege of Leningrad, Nazis and the Untold History of World War II in Russia and Estonia


A trip to Northern Europe and the former Soviet Union uncovers buried truths about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust—and reminds us of the power of travel to astound.

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Prodded by Millennials, Bernie Sanders Reboots the Conversation on Israel and Palestine


The traditional American fealty to Israel does not compute for the candidate’s young supporters, who understand the lopsided brutality of the conflict and demand justice for the oppressed.

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The ‘Grown-Up’ in the GOP Race: John Kasich Is Far From a Kindly Father Figure to the Palestinians


His ideas for “solving problems” in the Holy Land are stale, predictable and stamped with the Israel lobby’s seal of approval. Other than that, though, they’re great.

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A Kiss Was Just A Kiss: Hillary Clinton’s March to the Radical Right on Israel


Back in 1999, she air-kissed Yasser Arafat’s wife and dared to utter the word “Palestine.” Today, she is being embraced by billionaires and neoconservatives who help bankroll her campaign and believe Israel can do no wrong.

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Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow


The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

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Sandy Tolan
Sandy Tolan

Sandy Tolan is the author of “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land,” a finalist for a 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the international best seller, “The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East” (Bloomsbury, 2006). He is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a co-founder of Homelands Productions, which produces documentary journalism for public radio. He blogs at Ramallahcafe.com and also is the founder of the Children of the Stone tour with musician Ramzi Aburedwan and his Dal’Ouna Ensemble. Follow Tolan on Twitter: @sandy_tolan

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