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Why Are American Jews Abandoning Israel?

The price of assimilation has been Jewish identity.. Dov Waxman, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) 328 pp., $29.95. ON APRIL 19, three days before this year’s start of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from bondage in ancient Egypt, six protestors were arrested at the Boston office of AIPAC, “America’s pro-Israel lobby.” They had chained themselves to a mock Seder table. Their group, IfNotNow, claims to “seek an American ... Read More »

Amazon is quietly eliminating list prices

Amazon is quietly changing how it entices people to buy… Source: Amazon is quietly eliminating list prices Read More »

UK’s Brexit vote makes united Ireland suddenly thinkable

Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports in Belfast and once quiet Catholic nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland, signaling deep shifts in the United Kingdom’s most troubled province since Britain voted to leave the EU. Eighteen years after a peace deal ended decades of fighting between mainly Catholic nationalists who favor a united Ireland and mainly Protestant unionists who favor remaining part of the United Kingdom, Britain’s Brexit vote is making people on both sides of the ... Read More »

Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes

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The Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, who died on Saturday, is praised by world leaders past and present, including the Clintons and Netanyahu.. Barack Obama led tributes to the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on Saturday at the age of 87, saying the author had been “a living memorial” and a clear voice against injustice in the world… Source: Obama hails Elie Wiesel as ‘conscience of the world’ amid leaders’ tributes | US news | The ... Read More »

UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a non-binding resolutioncondemning countries that intentionally disrupt citizens’ internet access. The resolution builds on the UN’s previous statements on digital rights, reaffirming the organization’s stance that “the same rights people have offline must also be protected online,” in particular the freedom of expression covered under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Source: UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation | The Verge Read More »

ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40%

Monte dei Paschi may have to raise capital quickly to meet the ECB’s target.. The European Central Bank has asked Italy’s third-largest lender, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to slash its bad debts by 40 per cent to €14.6 billion over three years, heaping more pressure on Rome and Brussels to stabilise the Italian banking system… Source: ECB asks Italian lender to cut bad loans by 40% Read More »

Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?

It is more than a week since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and there is still little certainty regarding the future status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, or of British people living elsewhere in the EU. While many British citizens are happy to potentially wave goodbye to freedom of movement within the EU, some Britons would like to hold on to the opportunity to live and work in the other 27 countries that make up ... Read More »

China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said on July 3, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims in the resource-rich area. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said… Source: China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling – ... Read More »

Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’

Ankara’s foreign policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’ produced ‘zero neighbors without problems.’ It’s now changing tack.. Turkey’s move to restore relations with Russia and Israel this past week marks a notable pivot in its foreign policy with repercussions for the war in Syria, the migration crisis, and the tourism and energy industries in the Mediterranean… Source: Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’ – POLITICO Read More »

The market is getting the Fed wrong, JPMorgan’s Lebovitz says

The Federal Reserve could very well increase rates once this year, even though the market is not expecting it, David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said Friday. “I’m not exactly sure the market is getting this right. The first-quarter growth numbers, they were weak. We saw GDP revised down to 1 percent, which is half of the average growth rate we’ve seen over the course of the recovery,” Lebovitz told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”… Source: The market is ... Read More »

Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’

Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in “fairly short order” if Congress acts quickly… Source: Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’ Read More »

The Murdochian candidates

On the Brexit mess and the Trump campaign are the fingerprints of the man who would own the world by buying its media.. Chaos reigns, both in London and Gotham. In the shadows, the puppet-maker now works around the clock, enticed by events unfolding beyond even his great powers. Undaunted by what might have been an earth-shaking, career-defining scandal… Source: The Murdochian candidates – POLITICO Read More »

The people trying to save democracy from itself

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New experiments in democracy around the world are trying to take politics back to ordinary people.. These are difficult days for democracy. European nations struggle to elect governments on low turnouts. Populists wielding half-truths go from strength to strength. Facts are a devalued currency, personalities never more important… Source: The people trying to save democracy from itself | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Chechnya: The power of public humiliation

Honour, dignity and freedom have lost their significance under Kadyrov’s rule.. Last January I went to Chechnya. When I was in Moscow airport, I got a call: “Marta, I’m sorry, you can’t stay with me in Grozny like I promised. I’ve had to leave Chechnya urgently, my life was in danger.”… Source: Chechnya: The power of public humiliation – Al Jazeera English Read More »

30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border

Nearly 70,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, are being denied food and water by Jordanian authorities.. More than 30,000 Syrian children are facing starvation in Jordan after authorities in Amman suspended life-saving food and medical aid to refugees living along its northeastern border with Syria… Source: 30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Israeli leaders call for expansion of settlements in West Bank as two Palestinians and an Israeli killed on Friday.. Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory… Source: Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence – News from Al Jazeera Read More »