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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Green Party’s Stein: ‘Let’s fight like our lives depend on it’
By Josh Marks Calling for an end to corporate capitalism and the two-party political system, Dr. Jill Stein kicked off her campaign for president on the Green Party ticket with a speech June 23 at ...
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s life and career, U.S. Jews have been close at hand
WASHINGTON – From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining m...
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J Street U ‘disappointed’ after Hillel meeting
WASHINGTON — Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board membe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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The obvious choice: Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
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Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
PRAGUE — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” o...
Nobel laureate Martin Karplus shows his photos at embassy of country he fled at 8
by Menachem Wecker, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
The opening of an exhibit at the Austrian Embassy in Washington of more than 50 photographs by an 84-year-old Jewish Nobel laureate was something of an amateur hour — twice over. Both Austria’s amb...
Global Briefs February 5
by JTA Reports
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
Prosecutor: Only Nisman DNA found at scene of his death Only the DNA of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found at the site of his shooting death. On Jan. 30, the prosecutor in charge of the ...
Hezbollah attack on Israel seen as part of ‘Iranian project’ on Syria terror base
by Alex Traiman, JNS.org
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
Who was behind the Jan. 28 attack on northern Israel that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others? The easy answer would be the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, which claimed r...
First Muslim to run for Jewish Home slate, Anett Haskia is a rarity among Arab-Israelis
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
PETACH TIKVAH, Israel — Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan....
Jewish Republican donors not yet committed to growing list of potential GOP presidential candidates
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
Even with the contours of the 2016 Republican presidential primary race finally taking shape, Jewish donors largely remain uncommitted on the two latest contenders — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt ...
Nisman mystery: Hezbollah, Argentine gov’t fingered in death of AMIA prosecutor
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombi...
London Jewish community heightens already tight security after Paris attacks
by Rachel Stafler
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are only some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have i...
Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Kne...
From MSG stands to NHL throne, hockey always king for Gary Bettman
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
In the late 1960s, Gary Bettman would finish classes at his Queens high school, take the subway to Madison Square Garden and whip out his student ID card to land a ticket for 50 cents to a New York...