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State of Emergency Declared in Ecuador After Earthquake Kills 77, Injures 588 April 17, 2016 9:30 am

State of Emergency Declared in Ecuador After Earthquake Kills 77, Injures 588

Ecuador was in a state of emergency Sunday after a powerful earthquake flattened buildings...

Netanyahu, Putin to Meet in Moscow Days After Russia Hosts PA President Abbas April 15, 2016 9:43 am

Netanyahu, Putin to Meet in Moscow Days After Russia Hosts PA President Abbas

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow next week...

Iran’s Major General Soleimani in Moscow for Talks With Military, Political Leaders, Sources Say April 15, 2016 9:39 am

Iran’s Major General Soleimani in Moscow for Talks With Military, Political Leaders, Sources Say

Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has flown to Moscow for talks with Russia’s military...

Israel-US Study: Early PTSD Treatment No Guarantee for Lasting Recovery April 15, 2016 9:36 am

Israel-US Study: Early PTSD Treatment No Guarantee for Lasting Recovery

JNS.org – Some patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who undergo...

Human Rights Groups: Neo-Fascists, Islamic Extremists Behind Rise in Antisemitic Hate Crimes in OSCE Countries April 13, 2016 3:48 pm

Human Rights Groups: Neo-Fascists, Islamic Extremists Behind Rise in Antisemitic Hate Crimes in OSCE Countries

The number of antisemitic hate crimes in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

Col. Richard Kemp: Israel an ‘Outpost of Strength,’ Europe on ‘Spiral Downward to Obliteration’ April 13, 2016 12:17 pm

Col. Richard Kemp: Israel an ‘Outpost of Strength,’ Europe on ‘Spiral Downward to Obliteration’

Discussing the challenges democracies face in confronting unconventional warfare, a retired...

Ugandan Jewish Community Gains Official Recognition From Jewish Agency April 13, 2016 10:31 am

Ugandan Jewish Community Gains Official Recognition From Jewish Agency

JNS.org – A group of converts to Judaism in Uganda has gained official recognition...

Report: Former Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Asked for Israel’s Help During Uprising Against Him April 13, 2016 10:31 am

Report: Former Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Asked for Israel’s Help During Uprising Against Him

JNS.org – A new report suggests that former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi sought...

Chinese, Israeli Leaders Discuss Further Cooperation, Possible Free-Trade Agreement April 13, 2016 7:30 am

Chinese, Israeli Leaders Discuss Further Cooperation, Possible Free-Trade Agreement

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met in Beijing on Tuesday...

Labour Member Says Jewish Donors Shunning Party Over Rise in Antisemitism; Blames Corbyn’s ‘Crass, Hateful, Ignorant’ Leadership April 12, 2016 5:56 pm

Labour Member Says Jewish Donors Shunning Party Over Rise in Antisemitism; Blames Corbyn’s ‘Crass, Hateful, Ignorant’ Leadership

Major Jewish donors are turning their backs on Britain’s Labour Party, according to an op-ed...

Pope Francis’ Skullcap Goes to Auction to Raise Money for Israeli Charity April 12, 2016 3:08 pm

Pope Francis’ Skullcap Goes to Auction to Raise Money for Israeli Charity

JNS.org – Pope Francis’ white skullcap was donated to an online auction to raise...

US Boeing Officials Visit Iran to Discuss Jetliner Sales April 12, 2016 10:18 am

US Boeing Officials Visit Iran to Discuss Jetliner Sales

A delegation from Boeing (BA.N) has visited Iran to discuss sales of jetliners, the secretary...

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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  • Features Opinion At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    At Forbes Summit in Israel, Entrepreneurship Is a ‘Common Language’

    JNS.org – Nine months ago, Seth Cohen, director of network initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Randall Lane, editor of Forbes Magazine, were schmoozing about the “vibrancy of Tel Aviv and soul of Jerusalem,” as Lane put it. They dreamed about how they could bring young and innovative millennials to the so-called “start-up nation.” From April 3-7, Forbes turned that dream into a reality. Israel played host to the first-ever Forbes Under 30 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) […]

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