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Turkish Court Threatens to Block Facebook
by Nick Ashdown on Monday, January 26, 2015

Social Media Important in Turkey A Turkish court is threatening to block Facebook if it doesn’t restrict access to several pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. This comes on the heels of an ongoing government crackdown on critical political expression. “There is a continuous, routine crackdown on media,” Erkan Saka, a communications professor and new media expert at Istanbul’s Bilgi University told The Media Line. “Social media is relatively uncontrolled, so one must expect more and more interventions,.....

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Erdogan Continues to Chip Away at Freedom of Expression
by Nick Ashdown on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some say surveillance powers are more frightening than Turkey’s growing censorship [Ankara]  -- The Turkish government is again trying to pass a previously-rejected law that will expand already robust restrictions on Internet freedom. Earlier this week, an omnibus bill unrelated to Internet regulation was submitted to parliament containing a last-minute article that would allow Turkish ministers to order the telecommunications authority (TIB) to shut down websites for reasons such as “national security, protecting public order, preventing crime, or protecting.....

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How Will Violence Affect Israeli Election?
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Focus of Elections Could be Security or Economy A 22-year-old Palestinian boarded a bus in Tel Aviv, whipped out a knife, and started indiscriminately stabbing fellow passengers, leaving 13 wounded, several seriously. He ran off the bus, and was quickly shot and captured by Israeli police. During questioning, he told security forces that he carried out the attack because of Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip during last summer’s fighting with Hamas, and because of Israel’s actions on a.....

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Israel Braces for Hizbullah Retaliation
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, January 19, 2015

Alleged Israeli Attack Killed Up to 12 Iranian, Hizbullah Fighters Thousands of Hizbullah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hizbullah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hizbullah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in 2008. They chanted death to Israel as the coffin, draped in a yellow Hizbullah flag, was carried through the streets. Jihad Mughniyeh was among 12 fighters killed, including a senior Iranian official, General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi.....

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Rival Islamist Groups Threaten Yemen Stability
by Mohammed Ibrahim on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Houthis and Al-Qa’ida struggle over territory and control Al-Qa’ida’s branch in Yemen, known as Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has claimed responsibility for the January 7 attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine that left 12 dead in Paris. If as expected, that claim proves correct, it would be the deadliest attack by Al-Qa’ida on Western soil since a series of bombings in London in 2005 that killed 52 people. It also refocuses world attention on the group,.....

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Gaps in Israeli and Palestinian Health Care
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, January 12, 2015

New Report Finds Israelis Live Ten Years Longer On average, Israelis live ten years longer than Palestinians, and Israel spends ten times as much money as the Palestinian Authority does. In Israel, mortality rates for both mothers and babies are lower, and there are far more health care professionals in the Israeli sector. These are the results of a new report by Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, which says that Israel continues to bear responsibility for the  health.....

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Arab, Jewish Teenagers Meet in Youth Parliament
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, January 11, 2015

Forum offers the first positive – or non-negative – experience for many [Jaffa] – Mohammed Salem, a pudgy sweet-faced teenager, vividly remembers the day the Jewish kiosk owner refused to serve him. “I wanted to buy something to eat, and he said, ‘we don't serve Arabs here,’” Salem recounted quietly. “I was so insulted. That's why I joined the Youth Parliament [of the Mixed Towns of Israel]. I wanted to make sure this didn't happen to anyone else –.....

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Arab, Jewish Teenagers Meet in Youth Parliament
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, January 11, 2015

Forum offers the first positive – or non-negative – experience for many [Jaffa] – Mohammed Salem, a pudgy sweet-faced teenager, vividly remembers the day the Jewish kiosk owner refused to serve him. “I wanted to buy something to eat, and he said, ‘we don't serve Arabs here,’” Salem recounted quietly. “I was so insulted. That's why I joined the Youth Parliament [of the Mixed Towns of Israel]. I wanted to make sure this didn't happen to anyone else –.....

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Israeli-Arab is The Face of Israel as First UN Youth Delegate
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, January 08, 2015

Exclusive First Interview with The Media Line   [Jerusalem] -- Rasha Athamni was the first Israeli selected to represent the nation as a youth delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, serving during the 69th session from September through November 2014. The youth delegates program was begun 1981, but until now Israel has not chosen to participate.   The 29-year old was raised in the Israeli Arab town of Baka Al-Gharbiyah, the youngest of 9 children and the.....

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Toronto Community Galvanizes Around Comatose Victim of Synagogue Slaughter
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Support for father of ten comes from around the world [Jerusalem] – Toronto-born Howard Rothman still lies in an induced coma fighting for his life seven weeks after being attacked by Palestinian terrorists while praying in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.  Four worshippers and an off-duty Druze policeman died in the attack and seven, including Rothman, were wounded.   The brutality of the attack and the plight of the third-generation Canadian-born father of ten living.....

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