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Israel – Poverty Among Charedim, Arabs Increased by 50%

March 22, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Israel - Governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer presented data to the government indicating the poverty rate among haredim and Arabs in Israel has increased by 50% in the past decade. Meanwhile, the poverty rate has not risen among the general population, remaining at 13%. Fisher explained these statistics have to do with the fact that most men work in professions that do not earn...

Toronto – Canadian Opposition Likely To Trigger Election

March 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Toronto - A spring election in Canada is all but certain after opposition parties said Tuesday they will vote against Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's latest budget plan. All three opposition parties in the Parliament said after the budget was announced that they will oppose it. Earlier, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had appeared to offer concessions to the left-of center New...

Washington – United Plane with 112 Aboard Allowed to Fly Without Repairs

March 22, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Washington - A United Airlines plane with 112 people aboard was allowed to take off last May without repairs despite indications during two previous flights that the cockpit window was overheating, a condition long known to cause fires, according to evidence gathered by federal investigators. The Boeing 757 was about 30 minutes into a flight from New York to San Francisco, and had just leveled...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Funds $1 Million Campaign Style Ad Rebutting Foes

March 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars out of his own pocket to fund campaign-style ads rebutting criticisms from unions representing the city's teachers and municipal workers. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson says the ads are a response to $3 million in television and radio advertising by the United Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO. He says the...

Warsaw – Did Poles Profit Off Jews During the Holocaust?

March 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Warsaw - At first glance, it seems like an ordinary, innocent photograph: a group of Polish peasants holding shovels in a field on a sunny day. But look closer and you see the skulls and bones scattered at their feet. According to some historians, the photo was taken at the site of the Treblinka death camp in eastern Poland shortly after World War II and shows the peasants digging up Jewish...

Canada – Judge: Montreal Blogger Accused Of Anti-Semitism Can Continue To Photograph Neighbours

March 22, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Montreal, Canada - A Quebec judge has rejected a restraining order request against a Montreal blogger who reports on Outremont's Hasidic community. Outremont resident Pierre Lacerte has run his controversial blog for the last six years, detailing what he considers bylaw violations committed by his ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbours. Michael Rosenberg – an influential businessman in the...

New York – With More Than 50 Mil. In Print New Maxwell House Haggadah Out For Passover

March 22, 2011 at 05:45 PM
New York - From the White House to the Schein house, Passover is good to the last drop thanks to the Maxwell House Haggadah, lovingly passed down through generations, red wine splotches and gravy smears marking nearly 80 years of service at American Seder tables. The coffee company's version of the text used at the holiday meal has been offered free at supermarkets with a Maxwell House...

Maryland – Jewish Community’s Pleas for Access to More Kosher Wine Falls on Deaf Ears

March 22, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Maryland - Retailers took a step backward in their fight to ship wine directly to customers after the House of Delegates’ alcoholic beverages subcommittee said this week only state wineries should be allowed to send wine through the mail. The decision means the only realistic chance retailers have now to obtain shipping rights is if the Senate decides to include them on its bill, to be voted...

Gaza City – Israeli Strike Misses Target, Kills 4 Palestinians

March 22, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Gaza City - Israeli military shelling aimed at Palestinian militants missed its target Tuesday, killing three children and their uncle and wounding 13 other family members as they played soccer in their backyard in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said. The attack, which Israel said was a mortar strike, was launched in response to repeated rocket fire toward Israel. It dramatically...

Damascus, Syria – Protest Spreads in Syria As Police Move On Mosque

March 22, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Damascus, Syria - Protests spread in southern Syria Tuesday as hundreds of people marched to demand reforms in a previously peaceful village, witnesses and activists said. Troops and protesters faced off in a nearby city outside a mosque where demonstrators have taken shelter. The government sought to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world's political unrest by firing the...

New York – NY Times: Journalists Threatened To Be Killed In Libya

March 22, 2011 at 03:10 PM
New York - The New York Times says Libyan soldiers physically abused its team of journalists and threatened to kill them during the six days they were held in captivity. Libya released the four journalists on Monday. Turkey helped negotiate their release. The journalists say they were captured when they mistakenly drove into a checkpoint manned by Libyan forces. Their driver is still...

Tripoli – More Missiles Launched Over Libya

March 22, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Tripoli - Coalition forces pounded Libyan military targets with 24 more Tomahawk missiles, expanding the no-fly zone over the North African nation but suffering the loss of a U.S. fighter jet, U.S. officials said Tuesday. And the on-scene commander, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, confirmed that troops of leader Moammar Gadhafi were attacking civilians in the city of Misrata. He said that as the...

Manado – Indonesian Man Keeps Flame of Torah Burning [photos-video]

March 22, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Manado, Indonesia - If you ever happen to be in Manado, the capital of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia, and are looking for a Shul, you might want to look up Yaakov Baruch. President and founder of the Ohel Yaakov synagogue, which has been serving the Dutch-Jewish community of Manado since September 2004, the 28 year old Baruch, who teaches law at Manado’s Sam Ratulangi University...

New York, NY – Subway Eating: MTA Ponders Ban on Food and Drinks on Trains

March 22, 2011 at 01:29 PM
New York, NY - People don't like people who eat on the subway. Two MTA board members suggested that banning food and drinks on the subway was a good idea, since the rats and track fires they help cause are a big problem underground. The idea floated Monday during a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting comes just days after someone posted an online video showing a subway...

Washington – A Perfect GOP Candidate Is Hard To Find

March 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon Huntsman worked for President Barack Obama. And Haley Barbour has come off as dismissive of racial segregation. Is any potential Republican presidential nominee without vulnerabilities that could...

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