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Enormous crowds greeted Pope Francis in Uganda on Saturday, as he delivered his first-ever Mass in the country during the second leg of his African tour. The Mass was held at an open-air shrine in Namugongo that honors dozens of martyrs burned to death by a local king in the late 1800s for refusing to renounce their faith. "Their faith sought the good of all people, including the very king who condemned them for their Christian beliefs. Their response was to meet hatred with love,... (Full Story)
Militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, firing rockets that killed two U.N. peacekeepers and a civilian contractor, according to officials. A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission said at least four others were seriously wounded in the early Saturday attack in Kidal. There is no word on who is responsible for the attack, which follows a militant assault last week on a luxury hotel in Bamako that left 19 people dead. Two West African militant groups --... (Full Story)
Police in Afghanistan said a regional director of the Independent Election Commission narrowly escaped a suicide attack in eastern Kabul Saturday. Police said Abdul Rahman Rodwal's driver was killed and several people nearby were wounded in the Afghan capital, Kabul.    So far, no one has claimed responsibility. But the Taliban, which strives to overturn the government, is known for similar attacks. (Full Story)
In executing and taking responsibility for the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the Islamic State has three objectives: revenge against France for its military involvement in the international coalition to eliminate the Islamic State; an undermined sense of security in France and evidence to the Western world that the struggle with the Islamic State is not restricted to Iraq and Syria; and aid to the Islamic State in its efforts to attract new recruits.

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By Neil Caplan , Ph.D., Member of®
Heated emotions over Jerusalem, a city holy to three religions and regarded by both Israelis and Palestinians as their national capital, threaten to undermine both local and regional stability. Daniel Seidemann, an internationally acclaimed Jerusalem expert and peace activist, addresses the highly controversial topic of Jerusalem in Montreal on Sunday, May 3rd. (Full Story)
by Yoel Guzansky and Ephraim Kam

It has been a long time since Arab countries managed to unite for the sake of taking substantive action, especially military, in order to defend their own interests. However, Iran’s efforts to penetrate various arenas and expand its influence throughout the region are an ominous threat to at least some Arab states. (Full Story)
In 1976, the nationalist Parti Québécois came to power in Quebec and governed the province until 1985. A tense period followed its election within business circles and among the Jewish community. In the midst of this crisis, Victor Teboul’s Mythe et images du Juif au Québec had just been published and it exposed a negative portrayal of Jews in Quebec’s most well-read novels and history books. The book had a strong impact on the Jewish leadership and created some controversy among Quebec’s francophone intellectual elite.
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by Oded Eran

It is questionable whether the marginal effect that the Netanyahu speech may have on the current course of the negotiations with Iran justified the row, tension, and latest cracks in the personal relations between Obama and Netanyahu, as well as the danger of Israel becoming a political football in the US partisan rivalry between the Democratic and Republican Parties. (Full Story)
By Jacqueline Marcell, Author, ‘Elder Rage’

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he's on his knees himself.’ (Full Story)
By Oded Eran

President Obama's September 10, 2014 address to the American nation presented the new US strategy against ISIS. Since being elected president, Obama has been criticized at home and by US allies in Europe and the Middle East for skirting responsibility in various regions of tension. (Full Story)
In the late 80s, the Muslim faith in Britain was seen as beautiful and exotic religion, with the Mosques almost being part of the attraction sites in the British capital. I have seen retired American tourists who angled from side to side for perfect pictures of Regent’s Park Mosque while curiously wondering what would possibly be inside that fascinating golden dome on the base of the fine minaret. (Full Story)
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What is Tolerance ?
Everybody talks about tolerance. Why ? What is so important about tolerance ? Do you have an opinion you would like to share on tolerance ? Why should we be tolerant ? Let us know your opinion. Write your answer directly... (Full Story)
Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995. (Full Story)