Middle Israel: Europe’s Pearl Harbor turns seven

Middle Israel: Europe’s Pearl Harbor turns seven

‘Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, scorn all others,” said Septimius Severus as he bequeathed the Roman Empire to his two sons. Severus now comes to mind because he hailed from the same Libya where the unraveling of Rome’s successor, the European Union, was fanned seven years ago this month. Be the first to know – An effective emperor, Severus expanded Rome’s frontiers, fought wars from Scotland to Iraq, fortified Rome’s […]

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‘The Korean denuclearization threat‘

‘The Korean denuclearization threat‘

Both before and since the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the media has been abuzz with the import of the tête-à-tête. Its heavy focus, however, on the issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is deceptive as to all issues involved. More dust has risen with the NBC report from US intelligence sources that Pyongyang has increased nuclear fuel […]

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Climate change and conflict hotspot: Middle East and North Africa

Climate change and conflict hotspot: Middle East and North Africa

As we observe the current European heat wave with temperatures soaring to 46ºC in Portugal and above 30ºC many days in Sweden, we must contemplate the interaction of the two greatest threats to humanity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) and human conflict. MENA is a key climate change hot spot. Observations show that there has been an increase in heat waves, dry […]

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Grapevine: Canadians are more civilized in their disputes

Grapevine: Canadians are more civilized in their disputes

■ READERS’ COMMENTS in Canadian media over the refugee policy declared on Twitter by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland – as well as Canada’s major rift with Saudi Arabia on human rights issues – is yet another example of the diversity of thought, and not much different in its intensity than letters in the Israeli media about the deportation of African refugees and interpretations of […]

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In search of a brave Reform rabbi

In search of a brave Reform rabbi

I find myself, an Orthodox rabbi in Israel, sitting and contemplating the upcoming holiday season, with an unorthodox request, or to be more exact, a plea, to my Reform brethren in the Diaspora: Please stick to the Jewish story! There is a desire to stay relevant and to satisfy the needs of the liberal community in action and in message, and as a result of that, the rabbi often tries […]

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