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Tens of Thousands Protest Against Putin in Moscow June 12, 2012 10:00 pm

Tens of Thousands Protest Against Putin in Moscow

NY Times – Demonstrators gathered in a drenching rain in central Moscow on Tuesday,...

US: Russia Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria June 12, 2012 4:05 pm

US: Russia Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria

ABC News/AP – The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters...

Brazilian Jewish Leaders Protest Ahmadinejad’s Visit for Rio+20 June 12, 2012 8:00 am

Brazilian Jewish Leaders Protest Ahmadinejad’s Visit for Rio+20

Leaders within Brazil’s Jewish communities are voicing their opposition to the upcoming...

Iranian Naval Commander: We’re Designing Nuclear Submarines June 12, 2012 7:58 am

Iranian Naval Commander: We’re Designing Nuclear Submarines

JPost – A senior Iranian Navy commander claimed that the country is in the initial...

UN Continues Struggle to Enter Rebel Syrian Towns as U.S. Warns of Future Massacres June 12, 2012 7:55 am

UN Continues Struggle to Enter Rebel Syrian Towns as U.S. Warns of Future Massacres

Bloomberg – United Nations and U.S. diplomats highlighted the risk of renewed massacres...

U.S. Concerned Syria “May Be Organizing Another Massacre” June 12, 2012 2:00 am

U.S. Concerned Syria “May Be Organizing Another Massacre”

Houston Chronicle/AP – The United States accused the Syrian government of using “new...

Nuclear Talks Between Iran, World Powers May Be Postponed June 11, 2012 10:00 pm

Nuclear Talks Between Iran, World Powers May Be Postponed

CS Monitor – The disconnect between Tehran and world powers over Iran’s nuclear...

Iran Denies Cleanup at Suspected Nuclear Site June 11, 2012 7:48 am

Iran Denies Cleanup at Suspected Nuclear Site

Washington Post/AP – Iran’s military is denying claims by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog...

Somali Terrorists: Capturing Obama Worth 10 Camels, Clinton 10 Chickens June 11, 2012 6:15 am

Somali Terrorists: Capturing Obama Worth 10 Camels, Clinton 10 Chickens

In an attempt to mock a recent U.S. State Department announcement offering $33 million for...

No Progress Made in IAEA, Iran Talks as Moscow Looms June 8, 2012 2:31 pm

No Progress Made in IAEA, Iran Talks as Moscow Looms

JPost/Reuters – The UN nuclear watchdog said it had made no progress in talks with Iran...

UN Team Reaches Site of New Syria Massacre June 8, 2012 8:45 am

UN Team Reaches Site of New Syria Massacre

BBC – UN monitors have reached the village of Qubair in western Syria where a massacre...

China Pushes Iran to be “Pragmatic” in Nuclear Talks June 8, 2012 2:30 am

China Pushes Iran to be “Pragmatic” in Nuclear Talks

Yahoo/AP – China urged Iran on Friday to show flexibility and pragmatism in international...

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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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