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Posted on: April 1st, 2012

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The website e-week reports that BlackBerry Canadian Maker Research in Motion (RIM) just told its shareholders at their fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call March 29 that BlackBerry smartphone sales fell by 21 percent between its third and fourth quarters. During the same period, revenue fell 19 percent. But don’t mention any of this to the Egyptians, […]

 

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have agreed to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for the latest round of nuclear talks. Secretary Clinton made the announcement at a news conference Saturday following a security conference in Riyadh, […]

Greece Minister for National Defense, Panagiotis Beglitis meets with Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak
 

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

The drill, called "Noble Dina", will continue through April 5, and will also include the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It is aimed at simulating submarine combat, airborne dogfights, as well as coordinating the defense of offshore natural gas platforms.

Israel Inside
 

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

A new feature-length documentary starring one of Harvard University’s all-time most popular professors reveals the secret components of Israel’s success as an international leader in innovation and humanitarianism.

 

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

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Proving that public officials must read their own stories before sending them out, we found an item on the Palestinian news agency Ma’an’s website Saturday that began: “Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and north Africa called Friday for Israel to stop using excessive force against demonstrators.” The item continued (2nd paragraph): “Ann […]

Before and After
 

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

InDepthInterviews and Profiles

Board-certified Miami plastic surgeon and Nose Job Specialist Michael Salzhauer surprised me. He forced me—an instinctive objector to vain mutilation for the sake of some notion of exterior beauty—to reconsider my views on this issue. And he's not cynical, that was another huge surprise. I walked away convinced he means every word he says.

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Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

At the Kalandia checkpoint, where Palestinian youths have been taunting Israeli security forces all day, activity fizzled down after TV cameras had left. Jordan mass sit-in remained 6 miles from the border. Lebanon's army restrained Iranian and Palestinian busloads of demonstrators. In this region things can change rapidly, but we're off to the mikvah, to prepare for Shabbat. Here's hoping for a peaceful evening.

J Street's leader Jeremy Ben-Ami opened the 2012 J Street conference believing he received official Israeli recognition. Reality was stunningly different.
 

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street's official history. It never happened. But we have it…

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French elite force in training.
 

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

It's important to separate the failure of elite French police units to apprehend murderer Muhammad Merah a week ago, from our estimate of the ability of French security forces to monitor radical Islamists within their borders. It turns out that France, which has been hit by terrorist attacks since the Algerian war of the 1950s, could teach the US a thing or two about controlling Arab terrorism.

 

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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The Naharnet website reports that some 4,000 Lebanese, Palestinian and “foreign” demonstrators (i.e. Iranians) are expected to march to the Beaufort Castle in Nabatiyeh on Friday morning, marking Land Day. The Lebanese army and security forces have taken strong measures to prevent uncontrolled escalation of the protest. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is […]

 

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an is quoting a Hamas spokesman who said Thursday the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is at least partly a result of Egypt’s refusal to deal directly with the government in Gaza. Ahmad Abu al-Amarin told Ma’an the government has been attempting to buy Egyptian fuel through official channels, but […]

Women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Turning to Internet users for help in reporting rape and sexual assault in Syria, to inform the international community and to provide the base for potential prosecutions, a new Women's Media Center initiative, spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, declares: "Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served."

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PM Netanyahu greeting Gilad Shalit as his mother Aviva looks on
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

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Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross, in which MDA has committed to remove the red Star of David symbols from ambulances serving Samarian towns, and to transfer medical authority in the district to the Palestinian Red Crescent. […]

French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent Adlene Hicheur.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Adlene Hicheur, a French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent who once worked at Switzerland's renowned CERN laboratory, is being tried in Paris on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda in North Africa. His attorneys claim he only sent angry emails. They are afraid their clients would be unfairly linked with the Toulouse murderer.

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Gaza serving as beautiful background for a music video.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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What do you think of when you hear the name "Gaza?" Gut wrenching misery of a devastated people under siege. Not if you judge by this music video, shot against images of the thriving, beautiful, totally modern city of Gaza, with thousands of folks gathering in a stadium for a celebration, and the obligatory images of armed Hamsniks in training. Everyone looks well fed and quite happy.

Some 20 children and babies are inside the Hebron house, along with scores of new Jewish residents.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

One of the new residents of the dwelling told the Jewish Press that there is no indication of an impending eviction, but recognized that this could change quickly: "We are here legally, we adhered to the required procedures and paperwork, and our purchase is kosher...any eviction order will be politically-motivated, and not legally based."

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The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

The first F-35 is expected to arrive in Israel in 2015, but Israeli pilots will be able to start training on it in the U.S. in 2014. A stealth fighter aircraft, produced by Lockheed Martin, the F-35 is considered to be the most advanced fighter aircraft to date.

 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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According to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the two countries had agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade to 30 billion dollars within the next three years. The value of trade between Iran and Turkey surpassed […]

The Fountainheads doing Passover.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and artists, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who "have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today's Jewish world." So far, this could be an intro to some really boring stuff, but in this case it ain't so. In my search for great, new Passover content, I landed on their YidVid Breakin' Free, and will definitely be using it while running on my treadmill.

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