100 Most Influential People, but just six covers: Microsoft’s Satya Nadella makes Time’s short list

The six different Time 100 Most Influential People covers, featuring, among others, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, top center. (Time Photo) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is among the artists, activists, leaders and visionaries (including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) who made the cut for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list this year. But he’s a step …

In Jewish-Indonesian Relations, Many Hopeful Signs

I was disappointed by the headline and central argument chosen for the historian Blake Smith’s article, “Indonesians Hate the Chinese Because They Are Jewish”. I’m an American of Sri Lankan descent working in Indonesia for about six years, and am quite familiar with the country’s ethnic Chinese and Jewish communities. Unfortunately, there is a prickly …

The Problem with ‘Wild, Wild Country’

Like any effective work of art, and like the Bill Callahan song whose lyrics it’s named after, the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country sticks in the mind. In the story of the Rajneesh Movement’s conflict with its neighbors in the Oregon backcountry and its subsequent (or possibly already well advanced?) descent into paranoia, electioneering and …

The Seven Quintessentially Israeli Movies

It’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and throughout the day the Scroll will highlight some of the gems Israeli culture has created in the past seventy years. Perpetually broke, endlessly resourceful, and infinitely charming, Israeli cinema is a great microcosm of the country itself. Beginning with newsreels in the 1940s and 1950s, the fledgling industry soon began creating …