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April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012

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Israelis watch Yom Haatzmaut fireworks in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, April 25, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Yes, Israel will still be around in another 64 years, but we need to change our ways

Israeli Nobel winner Daniel ‎Schechtman talks to David Horowitz of the Times of Israel about how he sees education as key to a successful future for the Jewish ‎state.‎

Salaries are low and will stay so for the foreseeable future. Some Arab ‎sectors have good educators, especially in chemistry. They can’t find jobs, so ‎they become teachers. In some religious schools, they see teaching as a ‎mission and so they’re not so worried by low salaries. But overall, this ‎current system with colleges for teacher training is faulty. The government ‎funds teaching training colleges per capita. If a college can attract 300 ‎students, the government says, we’ll fund 300 students. So, of course the ‎college will do everything to get 300 students. There are too many colleges ‎and there’s competition for students. They accept everybody. And I mean ‎everybody. That means low-quality entrants. The graduates can’t teach ‎because they were not chosen properly. ‎


The Arab springtime of nations?‎

Writing in Today’s Zaman, Shlomo Avineri looks at the way ahead for the Arab world ‎in the wake of a year of revolution. ‎

Simply put, a rosy outlook for countries like Egypt cannot be assumed on the basis of ‎exhilarating images on CNN or Al Jazeera or the fact that masses of young, well-‎educated, English-speaking men and women are connected through Facebook and ‎Twitter. The great majority of Egyptians were not in Tahrir Square, and many of ‎them lack not only access to online social networks but also electricity and safe ‎drinking water. Democracy and free speech are not at the top of their agenda.‎


Ready for the Fight

In a wide-ranging interview, President Barack Obama talks to Jann S. Wenner of ‎Rolling Stone about the upcoming election, racial politics, and, of course, the Middle ‎East. ‎

As for Iran, I came into office in 2009 saying, “Let’s see if we can end 30 years of ‎mistrust between the United States and Iran.” That outstretched hand was rebuffed, ‎in part, because Iran embarked on repression of its own people after the elections in ‎‎2009, and they continue to pursue a nuclear program that nobody in the ‎international community believes is simply for peaceful purposes… There is a ‎window of opportunity to resolve this issue diplomatically, and that is my fervent ‎preference. There’s no reason why Iran shouldn’t be able to rejoin the community of ‎nations and prosper. They have incredibly talented and sophisticated people there. ‎But this continuing pursuit of nuclear weapons capability continues to be a major ‎challenge, and it’s going to be consuming a lot of my time and energy over the next ‎several months.‎


Mubarak’s Old Stalwarts Vie for Supremacy

Khairi Abaza of the National Interest takes a look at the battle for control of the ‎country being waged via Egypt’s presidential election. ‎

Wittingly or unwittingly, Tantawi enabled the Muslim Brotherhood to dominate the ‎political scene in hopes of outmaneuvering Suleiman, but he soon found himself ‎losing control of the country. And while the generals exchange recriminations with ‎the Brotherhood in public, they cannot seem to cooperate with the intelligence and ‎police forces—the only other people who can muster guns and international support.‎

 

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