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Globe Briefs March 5
Argentine judge dismisses Nisman accusations against Kirchner A federal judge in Argentina dismissed the complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that she covered up Iran’s role i...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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On foreign policy, Bush navigates between brother, father
WASHINGTON — As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother — or his father — his choice in advisers has only made things murk...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?
WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That's the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to com...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
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BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...
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Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to transl...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
TEL AVIV — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Isra...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s mai...
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
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Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
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Oil spill heightens sense of urgency at Israeli conference on green energy
by June Glazer, JNS.org
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular reso...
Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Globe Briefs December 25
by JTA Reports
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...