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Uncertain Future of a Nuclear Iran

By Nathan Guttman

It is a scenario no one wants to imagine, but scholars are already gaming out its implications: What will the world look like if Iran achieves nuclear capability?Read More


Massive Housing Protests Shake Israel Government

By Nathan Jeffay

Sprawling protests over skyrocketing housing costs have shaken Israel’s government. Could this be the Israeli answer to the Arab spring?Read More


American Cadets Visit Auschwitz in Search of Answers

By Donald Snyder

A trip to Auschwitz brought American cadets face to face with evil. It also forced the future military officers to wrestle with questions of ethics and responsibility.Read More


U.N. Official Answers Questions About Fierce Criticism of Israel

By Naomi Zeveloff

U.N. official Richard Falk posted a cartoon that many found anti-Semitic. He explains his fierce attacks on Israel and insists he’s no self-hating Jew.Read More


Israeli and Palestinian Activists Gloomy Over Peace

By Nathan Guttman

Israeli and Palestinian peace activists forged close bonds at a U.N.-sponsored seminar. Still, neither side is optimistic about the sputtering peace process.Read More


A Wall of Indifference: Italy’s Shoah Memorial

By Bridget Kevane

A Holocaust memorial is planned for Milan’s secret rail line to Auschwitz. Is the project being stalled by Italians’ unwillingness to face their nation’s shameful past?Read More


U.S. To Boycott Durban III

By Nathan Guttman

As the international community prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Durban World Conference Against Racism, the Obama administration has decided that America will boycott the event.Read More


Russia Seeks Exemption From Cold War-Era Law Aimed at Soviet Repression

By Nathan Guttman

The goal the statute sought to achieve is long accomplished. In fact, the country at which it was aimed doesn’t even exist anymore. But as successor government to the Soviet Union, Russia is still being sanctioned by the Jackson-Vanik amendment, a 1974 piece of legislation imposing trade penalties against communist countries that restricted free immigration.Read More


A Pioneering Polymath Who Is Open About His Faith

By Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb profiles Robert Winston, the grandson of a rav who went onto become a pioneer in the field of in vitro fertilization — and much more.Read More


Information on Nazi-Era Mass Graves To Be Made Available to the Public

By Nathan Guttman

For seven years, the Rev. Patrick Debois has devoted his life to locating and marking the mass graves of Jews murdered by the Nazis. Now, the work of the Catholic priest is going online — thanks to a joint initiative between his Paris-based organization and Washington’s United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.Read More





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