Man of Straw

It is perhaps typical that the only person whom the pro-Turkish government brigade could wheel out for yet another partitionist tirade on Cyprus should be a pseudo-left winger, the discredited politician Jack Straw, who lied his way through the Iraq enquiry, was involved in extraordinary renditions and torture, and later in a shady political lobbying affair, boasting to two undercover journalists that he ‘operated under the radar’, and had used his influence to change EU rules on behalf of a firm which paid him £60,000 a year. Given that the Turkish government uses various PR and lobbying companies, one is inclined to wonder why he has been wheeled out to write an article in The Independent (1 October) calling for partition in Cyprus. Is he being paid? And does it mean yet another desperate attempt to foist on the people of Cyprus another pseudo-solution, which would consign the island to a NATO-controlled pro-Turkish semi-state

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Giacomo Meyerbeer – 5/9/1791 – 2/5/1864

Today, 5th September, marks Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 226th birthday. Born Jacob Leibmann Beer, Meyerbeer had an immensely successful musical career, becoming the most frequently performed composer at the leading opera houses of the nineteenth century. Meyerbeer was born into a wealthy Jewish family, just outside of Berlin. His parents had close ties with the Prussian court, and the family were constantly surrounded by the Prussian intelligentsia.

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Honoring Egyptian Women’s Voices on International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy – Cairo

Press Release  

March 8, 2017

CAIRO – On the occasion of March 8, International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo convened a symposium to celebrate the publication of the book Daughters of the Nile.  Compiled by Professor Samia Spencer of Auburn University, Daughters of the Nile features the stories of 38 Egyptian women whose bold visions have helped promote change.  Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Association of Cairo, the symposium featured panel discussions with several of the women profiled in the book.  Al Arabiya Cairo Bureau Chief Randa Abu Al-Azm moderated the discussions, and Hoda Badran, Head of the Egyptian Feminist Union, delivered closing remarks.

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The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 1: Is a global conversion phenomenon changing the Jewish people?

Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting scholar at the Kohelet Forum and at the  Israel’s Open University. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as  an adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Hebrew University and as an Associate Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. This exchange focuses on Becoming Jewish, a new book edited by Dr. Fisher and Professor Tudor Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In the next installments we will also be speaking to Professor Parfitt.

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