Not ‘Far’ From Her Roots

On June 23, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor released her newest album, “Far.” Since her 2004 debut album, “Soviet Kitsch,” Spektor has made quite a name for herself. In 2008, she headlined the 50th anniversary of Israel celebration in Washington.

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Historic Breakaway

‘We made history. I feel like I am in a dream,” Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi said June 25, when he was picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, held at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Casspi became the first Israeli basketball player to be selected in the first round of the draft, guaranteeing him a multiyear NBA contract. Picked 23rd, he was the fourth international player drafted this year.

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Star Power: Miley Cyrus and other Disney Channel stars will be on the tube this fall in Israel.

Disney Channel Goes Hebrew

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who have long been roaming the desert, are slated to finally reach the Holy Land this September. The Disney Channel, which originated in 1983 in the United States and became a cornerstone of children’s television programming, will launch an Israeli counterpart this fall, the Jerusalem Post reported on June 29.

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Speaking Out: Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst at center of AIPAC case, tells his side of the story to the Forward.

Once Labeled An AIPAC Spy, Larry Franklin Tells His Story

Former Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin recently quit his job cleaning the restrooms at his local church in West Virginia. He still keeps his weekend job, mopping the floors at a nearby Roy Rogers restaurant. In recent years, Franklin also has gained experience in parking cars, digging trenches and cleaning cesspools. In between, he has been searching for a publisher for his book — a manual for saving America from the Iranian threat.

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Room to Grow: From Givat Ha?eytam, a West Bank hill, the Jewish settlement of Efrat is visible in the distance. The remote land is within Efrat?s municipal boundaries and could be developed without being identified as a new settlement.

Why Defining ‘Natural Growth’ Is So Confusing, On Purpose

Givat Ha’eytam, a lonely hill in the Israeli occupied West Bank, seems like anything but a natural part of the bustling 8,000-person Jewish settlement of Efrat. Indeed, the stony outcrop, with its view of Efrat’s buildings in the distance, soon will be cut off from that settlement by the separation barrier Israel is building across the length of the West Bank, ostensibly to protect Israelis from Palestinian terrorism.

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