Middle East

Rouhani Says Deal Recognizes Iran’s ‘Rights’ to Enrich Uranium November 24, 2013 10:59 am

Rouhani Says Deal Recognizes Iran’s ‘Rights’ to Enrich Uranium

Jerusalem Post / Iranian Press TV – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday...

Secret U.S.-Iran Negotiations Laid Groundwork for Nuclear Deal November 24, 2013 10:38 am

Secret U.S.-Iran Negotiations Laid Groundwork for Nuclear Deal

Associated Press / Fox News - The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of...

Official: Iran Planning Two New Nuclear Power Plants November 24, 2013 12:20 am

Official: Iran Planning Two New Nuclear Power Plants

Jerusalem Post – Iran is planning to construct two new nuclear power plants in the near...

Iranian Official Raises Doubts Over Geneva Nuclear Deal November 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Iranian Official Raises Doubts Over Geneva Nuclear Deal

Sky News – A senior Iranian official has raised doubts about whether an agreement to...

Kerry to Travel to Geneva as Iran Nuclear Talks Progress November 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Kerry to Travel to Geneva as Iran Nuclear Talks Progress

JPost – GENEVA – US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva to join talks...

Reuters Report Focuses on Iran’s Arak Heavy-Water Reactor November 22, 2013 12:51 pm

Reuters Report Focuses on Iran’s Arak Heavy-Water Reactor

As the world turns to Geneva, awaiting an outcome from talks aimed at halting Iran’s...

Lebanese Army Defuses 250-Pound Car Bomb, Averting Major Terror Attack November 22, 2013 11:55 am

Lebanese Army Defuses 250-Pound Car Bomb, Averting Major Terror Attack

The Lebanese army prevented another massive bomb attack Friday, defusing a  250-pound car...

‘Father of Suicide Bombing’ Reportedly Injured in Iran Suicide Bomb November 22, 2013 10:51 am

‘Father of Suicide Bombing’ Reportedly Injured in Iran Suicide Bomb

In a he-had-it-coming-to-him-moment, the self-proclaimed father of suicide bombing appears...

Iran Says it Won’t Sign Deal Without Permission to Enrich Uranium November 21, 2013 9:20 am

Iran Says it Won’t Sign Deal Without Permission to Enrich Uranium

Ynet – Iran will not sign up to a nuclear deal with world powers unless they accept...

Yasser Arafat Death Involved U.S., Claims PA Leader November 20, 2013 6:14 pm

Yasser Arafat Death Involved U.S., Claims PA Leader

JNS.org - Senior Palestinian Authority and Fatah leader Jibril Rajoub has claimed that...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Israel Is a ‘Rabid Dog’ November 20, 2013 12:57 pm

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Israel Is a ‘Rabid Dog’

JNS.org – On the day negotiations on the Iran nuclear program were renewed in Geneva, Iranian...

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Says Israel ‘Doomed to Collapse’ as Nuclear Talks Resume November 20, 2013 9:45 am

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Says Israel ‘Doomed to Collapse’ as Nuclear Talks Resume

Times of Israel – Iran wants to have “friendly” ties with the United States, Iranian...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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