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Former President Obama’s tweet about Charlottesville just broke this Twitter record

Former President Barack Obama’s tweet about the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend has now broken the Twitter record for most likes. The tweet was a picture of children looking out a window at the former president and was captioned, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of […]

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Syria: A testament to intern’l moral bankruptcy

By Alon Ben-Meir NEW YORK –Much has been written about Syria’s civil war which has engulfed the country for the past six years, but sadly the mounting death and destruction in Syria has long since become mere statistics. The international community grew comfortably numb to the horror, the likes of which we haven’t seen since […]

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A tropical story of diamonds and Holocaust survival in ‘Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels’

A new film explores the forgotten history of when the Caribbean island became a temporary gem hub after opening its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis By Larry Luxner HAVANA, Cuba — On a hot and steamy Shabbat afternoon in early July, 50 or so Jews gathered in the social hall of […]

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How Australia avoids the global rightward shift

By David Anderson From The Moderate Voice   NEW YORK — With Brexit blowing up in the Brits’ faces followed by an orange punishment emanating from Washington, there’s world-wide alarm about this global move to the right.   We pay a lot of attention to hard right hooligans like Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and […]

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Jewish community jumping ship as political storm takes Brazil

Unemployment, lack of upward mobility and fear of street violence among reasons for rapid increase of Brazilian Jews making aliyah By Luis Roiz SAO PAULO, Brazil — Over the last three years, Brazil’s usually lighthearted Carnival culture has been darkened by a political and economic crisis that has turned into the longest recession in the […]

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North Korea leader ‘briefed on Guam strike plan’

North Korea said Tuesday that its military presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees” by creating “enveloping fire” near the key US military hub in the Pacific. The comments, while typically belligerent, are significant because they also appeared to signal a […]

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Outrage as Swiss hotel asks Jewish guests to shower before swimming

Visitors to Arosa’s Aparthaus Paradies shocked to discover anti-Semitic notices, which have since been removed By Times of Israel staff A sign put up at a Swiss hotel calling on Jewish guests to shower before going swimming (Courtesy) A hotel in Switzerland has put up signs telling “Jewish guests” to shower before swimming, sparking outrage […]

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Maduro’s Son Threatens White House After Trump’s Talk Of Venezuela ‘Military Option’

The son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro threatened to attack the White House with rifles if U.S. President Donald Trump sends his army. Nicolás Maduro Guerra responded to the messages of Trump, where he affirmed that he will not rule out a “military option” for Venezuela. “Venezuela is not far away and people are suffering, […]

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Ukraine denies report of supplying rocket engines to North Korea

Moscow (dpa) – Ukraine’s national security council on Monday dismissed a New York Times report that implicated a Ukrainian factory in selling rocket engines to the rogue state of North Korea. “Ukraine has never supplied rocket engines and any missile technology to North Korea,” Oleksandr Turchynov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, said […]

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MSW classes changed my life’s trajectory

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California –Columbia University recently sent out a letter asking their alumni to write about the impact of the classes at Columbia on their lives after graduation. I wrote the following as a response to their request and thought it might also be interesting as a column: At my graduation […]

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Reports: Australia’s deputy PM also holds New Zealand citizenship

Sydney (dpa) – New Zealand has confirmed that Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is also a New Zealand citizen, media reports said Monday, as the top level of Australia’s government was struck by a dual citizenship furore. Joyce said earlier Monday that he might hold New Zealand citizenship and that he had asked Australia’s […]

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Diamond magnate Steinmetz arrested in money laundering case

Billionaire is prime suspect in scheme involving use of fake documents in real estate deals abroad, police say; four others also raided, including former top banking official By Stuart Winer Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz on May 17, 2007. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90) The Police National Fraud Unit on Monday detained Israeli diamond mogul Beny Steinmetz and four […]

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Several dead in ‘terrorist attack’ on Burkina Faso restaurant

Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. The assault by security forces ended at around 5:00am GMT and the district is secure, Communications Minister […]

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Pence tries to soften Trump’s threat of military action in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Cast once again in the role of interpreter of President Trump’s comments, Vice President Mike Pence is touring Latin America and attempting to dispel his boss’ threat of military action against Venezuela. Trump on Friday said he would not “rule out” a “military option” to confront the crisis in Venezuela, where the increasingly […]

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