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  • English Language Social Order Magazine: Democracy and the Israeli Knesset

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 30, 2014 | 6:00 am

    In this edition of the Social Order Magazine, we take you to the drama that unfolded on the Knesset floor prior to the close of the winter legislative session. Bibi's coalition government brought 3 controversial bills in a package deal for votes. The bills, in the order they were...

  • Israeli gov’t to fund abortions for women ages 20-33

    December 30, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Israeli women between the ages of 20 and 33 will be eligible to receive government-funded abortions in 2014.

    The new eligibility is part of the country’s state-subsidized basket of health services for 2014, approved on Monday. Currently, the government only pays for abortions for...

  • Re-elect Shlump to Congress (again)

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 1, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  • Obamacare: Glitches or death spiral?

    By David Suissa

    October 30, 2013 | 11:27 am

    It’s not easy to wrap your mind around a program as complex as Obamacare, which features 381,517 words in its actual bill and 11,588,500 more words in added regulations.

    Thankfully and mercifully, in trying to understand this migraine-inducing puzzle, I found some relief in one...

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  • Palestinian prisoner release causes Israeli political stir

    October 29, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    A planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners has provoked feuding within Israel's governing coalition, already under strain from U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The inmates, all of whom were convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after the first interim...

  • Where’s my check, Mr. Boehner?

    October 21, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Oh, thank you soooooo much! Some Republican members of Congress suddenly remembered they were Americans. Whoa, guys, that one was way too close. But thank you for postponing the end of this country for a few months. That way, holiday sales won’t suffer from wary consumers, just...

  • Government shutdown over, Iran sanctions force back at full strength

    October 17, 2013 | 9:54 am

    The U.S. government returned to work, and officials who track Iran sanctions compliance were working at a full complement.

    Hundreds of thousands of government employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1 returned to work on Thursday after Republicans in the House of...

  • Pardon my ovaries for causing the shutdown

    By Julie Bien

    October 2, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    I am having a hard time keeping my jaw from hitting the ground—or my head from banging onto my desk, for that matter. Our government just came to a grinding halt over whether or not I have the right to the affordable care-and-keeping of my reproductive organs.

    Let me rephrase:...

  • Obama blames government shutdown on ‘ideological crusade’

    October 1, 2013 | 11:07 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running and to raise the nation's borrowing cap without conditions.

    "They've shut down the government over...

  • U.S. government shutdown begins after Congress fails to break impasse

    September 30, 2013 | 11:09 pm

    The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

    Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after lawmakers...

  • Obama prepares for government shutdown, hopes for deal

    September 30, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.

    With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House...

  • Deadlocked Congress brings U.S. gov’t to edge of shutdown

    September 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The U.S. Congress, still in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the U.S. government starting on Tuesday morning.

    With the law funding thousands of routine government...

  • Palestinian prime minister’s quick exit exposes flawed framework

    June 24, 2013 | 10:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah remarked when he was sworn-in to succeed Salam Fayyad at the helm of the Palestinian government earlier this month that his government’s life will by necessity be short-lived. It was intended to...

  • Defiant Erdogan denounces riots in Turkish cities

    June 3, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Anti-government protesters responsible for Turkey's worst riots in years are "arm-in-arm with terrorism," Prime Minister Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, in a defiant response to four days of unrest in dozens of cities across the country.

    Hundreds of police and...

  • Poverty is not a disgrace, nor is it filthy.

    By Maya Paley

    May 3, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I have this calendar of Yiddish sayings on my desk. I never really think about the sayings on the calendar. I just tear off each day’s page so that I feel like I’m making good use of this gift I got from my grandparents’ friends. But today I arrived at the office and quickly...

  • What was the Holocaust for the “people’s government”?

    Michał Zajda

    March 19, 2013 | 7:45 am

    First, one must ask the question, what was the so-called people’s government in Poland? Right after the Germans yielded, I am purposely avoiding the word ‘liberation’, the Soviets dictated their way of running the country. The system, which was forced on Poland, wasn’t Lenin...

  • Budget, Iran top priorities for new Israeli government

    March 18, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government will face the immediate task of passing an austerity budget and the time-sensitive challenge of preventing what it believes is Iran's drive to develop nuclear weapons.

    Following is a list of the coalition's main...

  • Israel’s emerging new government

    March 14, 2013 | 10:39 am

    Barring a last minute glitch, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to sign coalition agreements that will give him a new government just two days before the deadline, and less than a week before President Barack Obama arrives in Israel. The new government will have a total of...

  • U.S., Israeli officials: Obama visit is on

    March 6, 2013 | 10:04 am

    U.S. and Israeli officials said President Obama would not delay his trip to Israel in the event that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unable to form a government.

    "We have no scheduling changes to announce," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. "The president is...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • Being American is bad for your health

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 4, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    “Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations.” 

    That stark sentence appears in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it comes from the authors of a landmark report – “Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” – on...

  • Schoolbooks ingrain Israeli-Palestinian enmity, study says

    February 4, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Israelis and Palestinians depict each other in schoolbooks as an enemy and largely deny their adversary's history and existence, according to a U.S. government-funded study published on Monday.

    Young minds are inheriting a century-old struggle for land and legitimacy through...

  • Obama’s likely takeaway from Israeli election: More two-state advocates

    January 23, 2013 | 10:33 am

    With the Israeli election results split evenly between the right-wing bloc and everyone else, no one in Washington is ready to stake their reputation on what the outcome means for the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East.

    Except for this: The next Israeli government...

  • Hungarian Jewish body to sue lawmaker for ‘Nazi’ speech

    November 28, 2012 | 10:06 am

    A Hungarian Jewish organization said it will file a complaint against a lawmaker who proposed drawing up a list of “dangerous” Jews in government.

    “There is no alternative to legal recourse now,” the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation said  Tuesday in a statement about the...

  • Protests after “Pharaoh” Morsi assumes powers in Egypt

    November 23, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's decision to assume sweeping powers caused fury amongst his opponents and prompted violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Friday.

    Police fired tear gas near Cairo's Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni...

  • Judith Gross sues government, contractor on husband Alan’s behalf

    November 16, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Alan Gross' wife sued the U.S. government and the company that contracted his work in Cuba, alleging that their training was inadequate and a factor in his imprisonment.

    A media release issued on behalf of Scott Gilbert, a lawyer, said that the lawsuit he filed Friday on behalf...

  • The space between

    October 24, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it the individual citizen who is more important in a free society, or is it the government? It’s easy to see this as the philosophical choice during this election season: One side seems to favor the liberty of the individual, while the other favors the primacy of the government....

  • Prop 32 – The final piece of election reform

    October 22, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    The voters of California have put in place two elements of major reform to our election process.  The first was taking the redistricting process out of the hands of special interests and career politicians.  The second was an attempt to stem the highly partisan elections by giving...

  • Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

    October 9, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections.

    In a news conference on Oct. 9, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Although a date has not yet been announced, it is expected the vote will be held in...

  • U.S. government opposes fines on Russia over Chabad manuscripts

    September 10, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    The U.S. government opposed leveling a fine on Russia for failing to return a collection of sacred books and manuscripts.

    The Justice Department argued recently in a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington that leveling sanctions against Russia in this case would not serve...

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