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Voting has ended in Greece's crucial referendum Sunday on the country's economic future that could determine whether Athens is ousted from the 19-nation euro currency bloc. Results are expected in the coming hours. But two exit polls of voters and three surveys conducted in the days leading up to the balloting all suggested that Greeks are narrowly rejecting the demands of the country's international lenders that Athens impose new austerity measures in exchange for more... (Full Story)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that over the past few days good progress has been in Vienna made toward a nuclear deal with Iran, but that negotiators are not yet where they need to be on several important issues. Speaking to the press Sunday, Kerry said "we are not there yet, I emphasize that." He added that the United States only wants a good agreement and is willing to walk away without a deal.  He said officials are not "going to shave anywhere at the... (Full Story)
Lawmakers in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina will begin debating whether to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol. The debate follows an appeal by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to remove it. Hundreds of people have held weekly demonstrations urging lawmakers to scrap the official public display of what the protesters call a symbol of racism and slavery. The young white gunman who admitted killing nine African-Americans inside... (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)