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2,000 Year Old Stone Inscription Unearthed in Jerusalem
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of Most Important Latin Inscriptions Ever Found Rina Avner knew she had found something special when she hit the large stone during an excavation outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. The stone, weighing one ton, had a well-preserved Latin inscription. Researchers say this is among the most important Latin inscriptions ever found in Jerusalem. “First I had a wave of adrenaline surge through me, and then I got all sweaty when I saw the inscription,” Avner told.....

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Palestinian Women Sew Their Way to Independence
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Traditional Embroidery a Way out of Poverty Iman Darawi, a soft-spoken Muslim woman wearing a traditional grey headscarf, doesn’t look like a pioneer. But Darawi is a divorced self-employed Palestinian seamstress from the town of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, who is responsible for teaching other seamstresses, and a symbol of how roles are changing for Palestinian women. “I enjoy this work and it enables me to make a living and raise my children,” Darawi told The Media Line at.....

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Scientists Oppose Egypt’s Plan to Expand Suez Canal
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Move could have ecological and economic consequences Egypt has begun digging to significantly expand the Suez Canal to enable a larger volume of shipping. The move has sparked protests from scientists who say it could devastate the marine ecosystem in the area. 'This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel of a total length of 72 kilometres (44.74 miles),' Mohab Mamish, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, told a recemt.....

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Yemen's Youth Disillusioned
by D. Robbins on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trying to come to terms with new political realities in Sana’a For 10 months Afrah Alzouba and Yasser Al-Roaini served as leaders on the team that provided technical support to Yemen’s reconciliation talks known as the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) that aimed to unite the country’s factions behind a new government and constitution. When the official deliberations ended in January, the young duo stuck with Yemen’s internationally-backed transition. They began facilitating community outreach and providing assistance for the.....

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Palestinian Women Sew Their Way to Independence
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, October 05, 2014

Traditional Embroidery a Way out of Poverty Iman Darawi, a soft-spoken Muslim woman wearing a traditional grey headscarf, doesn’t look like a pioneer. But Darawi is a divorced self-employed Palestinian seamstress from the town of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, who is responsible for teaching other seamstresses, and a symbol of how roles are changing for Palestinian women. “I enjoy this work and it enables me to make a living and raise my children,” Darawi told The Media Line at.....

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Neglecting Domestic Issues Fuel for Arab States Terror Groups
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Allocation of funding to ISIS war opens door to terrorism Against the backdrop of Arab nations participating in the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), concern is growing that the neglect of domestic issues by Middle Eastern states spurred by the diversion of social service funding to the war effort – particularly by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -- could lead to more terrorism. Although Dr. Guenter Meyer, director of the German-based Centre for.....

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American Air Strikes Expand in Syria
by Emma Beals on Monday, September 29, 2014

Civilians Killed Sparking Criticism Erbil, Iraq -- American air strikes in Syria have prompted a wave of protest across the country as the US broadens its mandate from targeting Islamic State (IS) targets to other groups within the country. At the same time, there is no sign of strikes against the Syrian government. Over the last week American strikes have hit targets in Aleppo and Idlib provinces that the US say are part of a terror network with plans.....

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Israeli Online Program to Stop Bedwetting
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, September 28, 2014

Therapee Offers Alarm and Virtual Support Tamar (not her real name) who lives in the town of Beit Shemshe halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, wet her bed until she was 7 years old. Her mother took her to see Tal Sagie, one of Israel’s premier enuresis specialists, who, over a period of several months, helped Tamar solve the problem. But several years later she regressed, and at age 11, her mother Sarah (also not her real name).....

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Ethiopian Medical Students Study in Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Exchange Program with Ben Gurion University Beersheva, Israel – Naomi Teshome, 23, a newly-graduated doctor in Ethiopia had never seen a cardiac catheterization during her years in medical school. In her two months as a visiting student at Ben Gurion University’s School for International Health, she observed dozens of procedures, and came away with new dreams for her country. “I’ve always dreamed of having a good medical system and it gives me so much pain to see people who.....

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“Please Come Back,” Israel Tells Tourists
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer’s Fighting in Gaza Continues to take a toll Robin and Jon Sirkin are preparing to celebrate their son Eitan’s bar mitzvah in Jerusalem this weekend. There’s a Dr. Who theme, and an ice-cream bar planned for the reception at the synagogue after the services. As part of the celebrations, Robin’s brother, sister, aunt and cousin were planning to make their first trip to Israel. She booked a trip to southern Israel and a meal at one of.....

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