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Greeks are voting Sunday in a referendum on whether to accept the terms of a European Union bailout, which include further spending cuts. It remains unclear whether Greeks will vote for more economic austerity to get European bailout funds or reject EU demands and risk being thrown out of the eurozone. Surveys going into Sunday's snap poll show the vote is too close to call. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject the conditions, which include more tax hikes and... (Full Story)
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syria Saturday and Sunday have killed at least 23 Islamic State militants and wounded others. In a statement issued early Sunday, the coalition said the airstrikes targeted structures and transit routes used by the IS group in and around Raqqa. Coalition spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Gilleran says the airstrikes, which he called significant, were intended to deny the militants the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into... (Full Story)
An unmanned Russian cargo vessel successfully docked with the International Space Station Sunday morning, breaking a string of failed attempts to resupply the station. The Progress delivered more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the orbiting outpost. Three attempts to supply the station have failed within the last nine months, including one last week by a private U.S. company under contract by the U.S. space agency, NASA. Officials said although the supply launches had... (Full Story)
The Islamic State, now marking its first anniversary, is an autonomous entity controlling a considerable geographical area within the territory of Iraq and Syria. Assessing the first year of his tenure as caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi can crown his gamble a success, at least in the meantime.  (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. (Full Story)
By Neil Caplan , Ph.D., Member of Tolerance.ca®
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)
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)
Every year for several weeks before November 11, a field of scarlet poppies appears on coat lapels across Canada. This wearing of the poppy has a complex history ... (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)
Bergamo (Italy)  The year 2013 has been a very difficult year for activists and humanitarian workers throughout the world. The economic crisis, wars and conflicts, the lack of attention of governments and supranational institutions towards the most vulnerable groups in society have generated humanitarian tragedies everywhere. (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)