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Ten years since Katrina

Next weekend, Aug. 29, will mark one decade since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and nearly ruined the incomparable city of New Orleans.

Katrina dumped so much water into the Gulf that the levees designed in 1965 to protect New Orleans were washed out and the city experienced massive flooding. The death toll was high — 1,800 by many estimates. More than 204,000 homes in New Orleans were damaged or destroyed and more than 800,000 citizens displaced — the greatest displacement in the US since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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Principle or politics?

Dissent among Democratic ranks on Iran: A harbinger for more cross-bench activity? In this age of polarized politics, toeing the party line has become de rigeur, non-negotiable. Democrats vote Democrat; Republicans vote Republican. Democrats support the president; Republicans oppose him. No deviation allowed. Which is why reports of Democrats opposing the Iran Deal are so remarkable. Thus far, 11 Democrats, across the House and Senate, have said they will vote against approval of the nuclear d...
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Hirshoma-Nagasaki survivors pass on stories

“Little Boy” destroyed Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and “Fat Man” pounded Nagasaki on Aug. 9. Within the first two to four months following the blasts, 90,000 to 146,000 Japanese died in Hiroshima and 39,000-80,000 perished in Nagasaki — and roughly half of the fatalities occurred the first day. Japan surrendered to the Allies on Aug. 15. The country finally met an atomic enemy that transcended its steely aspirational intransigence. But the survivors’ suffering was just beginning....
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Joyce Zeff, 1931-2015

Who was Joyce Zeff? Most people, if asked to answer this question about themselves, would want the answer to be as long as possible, containing all of their achievements, contributions and qualities. Not so Joyce Zeff. In fact, in her case, one wonders whether she would even answer the question. Here was truly a humble person. One could walk into a large and crowded room and, if she were there, never guess that it contained one of the pillars of the community. She did nothing to make herself s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:00 )

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The Other, murdered in the Jewish state

Allegedly a Jew burned a Palestinian child to death. A Jew stabbed a Jewish girl to death. Let the victims rest in peace. Let justice — blind justice — be done. The judgment is harsh. The facts leave no choice. Every worst stereotype of Jewish society was confirmed in a ghastly week in Israel. A Palestinian baby, Ali Saad Bawabsha, was burned to death in a deliberate act of arson. One of his siblings is very badly burned. Others suffered lesser injuries....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 August 2015 01:43 )

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Obama to Jews: Iran deal does not limit U.S. ability to respond against Iran

Andrew Tobin The president said the Iran deal blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United State’s options to act in case of violations. ... [Link]

‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

Gabe Friedman Israeli Gideon Raff’s latest project will portray the airlift rescues of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the ’80s. ... [Link]

Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

Gabe Friedman In a letter published Wednesday, 20 advocates for the Yazidis questioned Steve Maman’s methods and demanded he inform Yazidi leaders about the specific people his group has rescued. ... [Link]

Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

Julie Wiener The World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their rightful owners or the owners’ heirs. ... [Link]

Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

Julie Wiener The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in Kansas City admitted doing so, but urged the jury to judge him “not guilty.” ... [Link]

Iran nixes Israeli conductor’s Tehran performance

Julie Wiener A spokesman for Iran’s culture ministry was quoted as saying that “Iran does not recognize the Zionist regime and will not co-operate with artists of this regime.” ... [Link]

U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

Cnaan Liphshiz Tehran dismissed the findings, which come as it prepares to close a deal with world powers. ... [Link]

Switzerland regrets using cartoon of birds defecating on Netanyahu

Julie Wiener The cartoon, in which doves with Iranian and American flags on their chests relieve themselves atop Netanyahu’s head, appears to reference the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. ... [Link]

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