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Café Esplanade, a fancy coffee shop that was designed by a celebrated modernist architect and frequented by many from Brno’s once-thriving Jewish community.

Brno Architecture Manual

Stop with the “1930s” stuff

A few weeks ago, I was standing on a little triangle of clumpy, unkempt grass between two plastic garbage cans and an electrical transformer on a street corner in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic.

Before World War II, this little patch of grass was the site of the Café Esplanade, a fancy coffee shop designed by a celebrated modernist architect, where the cream of Brno’s once-thriving Jewish community would go to read the papers, chat, and smoke. Later, they would begin to speak in hushed voices about what was going on next door in Germany and Austria.

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An Afghan woman stands next to her house after a recent earthquake in Chahak village in the Enjil district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Three deadly quakes have plagued the region this month.


Hard Numbers: Quake hits Afghanistan again, Venezuela’s opposition field narrows, Oz rejects “The Voice,” antisemitic attacks on the rise

3: A third earthquake has struck western Afghanistan just a week after earlier quakes flattened villages in the region and killed thousands. The 6.3-magnitude tremor hit near the city of Herat on Sunday, killing at least one and injuring scores. The ruling Taliban government says survivors of this month’s deadly earthquakes are desperate for food, medicine, and shelter.
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When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?
When is criticizing Israel antisemitism? | GZERO World

When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?

Is it easier to be antisemitic today? Tragically, yes, says Israeli-American actor and activist Noa Tishby, who served as Israel’s Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism before Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed her for speaking out against his controversial judicial reform agenda. She joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World for a wide-ranging conversation on the ancient roots and modern resurgence of anti-Jewish sentiment. And it's not just coming from the right, says Tishby.

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