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Worker in Ukraine removes the symbolic Russian star from the parliament building.
 

Posted on: February 26th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Anti-Yanukovych workers jubilantly removed a replica of the Russian Red Star from Ukraine’s parliament building Tuesday. “The Soviet star has been cut off,” said Ruslan Koshulinsky, the deputy speaker of parliament. The star is similar to those on buildings in Russia and countries from the former Soviet Union. Ukraine is still trying to put things […]

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Kiev becomes the world's latest street war between protesters and governments.
 

Posted on: February 20th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

The United States proves how weak its foreign policy really is every time it tries to solve the world's problems

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An ancient Torah scroll (illustrative).
 

Posted on: February 18th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A senior Hungarian rabbi said Tuesday he has found 103 Torah scrolls that were stolen from Hungarian Jews in World War II and hidden in a Russian library in Novgorod, east of Moscow. Russia has not decided what to do with the holy scrolls, which Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation Chief Rabbi Shlomo Koves wants to […]

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Posted on: February 15th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

A local politician from the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Jews of destroying Russia. The accusation by Oleg Bolychev, a legislator from the ruling United Russia party at the regional parliament in Kaliningrad, was made in the parliament on Feb. 6, according to the Regnum news agency, which reported on it on […]

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was former President Hosni Mubarak's hand-picked military intelligence  chief.
 

Posted on: February 12th, 2014

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Has the United States done anything right in the Middle East in the last few decades?

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Dylan Moscovitch (seen with Kirsten Moore-Towers in 2011) has won a silver medal for the Canadian national team.
 

Posted on: February 10th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

On Sunday, just 3 days into the Sochi games, Jews have already won 3 medals.

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Posted on: February 3rd, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A student killed one policeman, a biology teacher, shot and wounded another policeman and took 20 pupils hostage before police overcame and arrested him Sunday in the northern end of Moscow. “The person who took 20 people and a teacher hostage is a student in the upper classes at the same school,” an interior ministry […]

 

Posted on: January 29th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel will be sending five athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, starting next month. Evgeni Krasnopolski, 25, a Ukraine native who grew up in Israel, will skate in the pairs competition with Andrea Davidovich, 16, of Vermont. The pair, who train in Hackensack, N.J., finished seventh in the senior pairs competition at the […]

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Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Palestinian Authority  chairman Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Thursday to invest in a $1 billion natural gas project off the coast of Hamas-controlled Gaza, Russia’s news agency reported. Abbas is vesting Moscow, which has been a strong backer of the Palestinian Authority. Securing a huge investment for Gaza would help Abbas win […]

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Posted on: January 13th, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

The Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) announced Monday that the upcoming Limmud FSU conference in Belarus this summer will feature a special event in memory of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose parents were born in Belarus. The event will take place in Sharon’s father’s hometown city of Brest, and Sharon’s sons Omri and Gilad, […]

 

Posted on: January 11th, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Prison authorities in Russia released a Jewish schoolteacher whose controversial bribery conviction triggered protests by leading politicians. The teacher, Ilya Farber, was released Friday from the Tver correctional prison after serving three years of a 7-year sentence for accepting $13,000 in bribes. “The campaign to resolve the issue of [political] prisoners just got another devoted […]

 

Posted on: December 30th, 2013

News & ViewsNews Briefs

See also: Female Suicide Bomber Kills 18 in Area of 2014 Russian Winter Olympics. At least 15 people were killed and 23 wounded in an explosion on a crowded trolley bus in Volgograd, southern Russia, according to the Interfax news agency. Volgograd is on high alert today, Monday, after a female suicide bomber attacked a train […]

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An image of the train station blast in southern Russia, shown by RT Television.
 

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

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P eople around the station thought a plane had crashed

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Posted on: December 25th, 2013

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes Western politicians have started to realize that overthrowing Assad’s government might lead to a worsening of the Syrian crisis, the official Russain News agency RT reports. “The attitudes are changing in Western countries, they are becoming more realistic in their approach towards settling the Syrian crisis,” said Lavrov. “The […]

 

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Unidentified Russian vandals  used a pig’s head to desecrate a synagogue in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, according to representatives of the Jewish community of the city, located 600 miles west of Baku, Azerbaijan. They found the pig’s head at the entrance to their synagogue  and  believe the perpetrators are also responsible for English-language […]

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Posted on: December 22nd, 2013

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A Russian court ordered the early release of a Jewish teacher whose bribery trial was marred by anti-Semitic statements and whose lengthy prison sentence was criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Tver Regional Court last week reduced Ilya Farber’s sentence from seven years to three for accepting bribes and abusing his position while working […]

 

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign pardon for jailed tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky “in the nearest future,” RIA Novosti reported. Khodorkovsky’s father was Jewish and his mother was Christian. He was Russia’s richest man before his arrested in 2003 and was slated to be freed next August. “He has spent over […]

 

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHolocaust

The Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has agreed to acknowledge the Jewish identity of Holocaust victims killed there by the Nazis. The municipality’s Memorial Council last week announced its decision to revise a memorial plaque at the Zmievskaya Balka mass grave to mention the Jewish identity of the majority of the approximately 27,000 bodies buried there […]

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Bushehr reactor
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

It is the first civilian nuclear power plant built in the Middle East.

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U.S. Marines attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit boarding a landing craft in the Persian Gulf.
 

Posted on: December 8th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastGulf States

The Pentagon is fielding more than 35,000 troops in the Persian Gulf as a “bulwark against aggression.”

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