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The United Nations Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties in the conflict and had verified 49 civilian deaths over the past month, a UN spokesperson said today. (Full Story)
The United Nations today opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces. (Full Story)
Noting progress made by the European Union (EU) to ensure that its sanctions allow for legal remedy and offer a measure of due process, a United Nations expert has called for further strengthening such measures to ensure that the human rights of those impacted are protected to the greatest extent. (Full Story)
When he assumed office, President Obama lent his weight and prestige to jumpstart a process that would lead to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, shunning the advice of many within and outside his administration who argued that the gaps between the sides were too wide to allow a comprehensive agreement. On the brink of a substantive rift between Israel and the United States, President Obama ultimately accepted a compromise on the issue of construction in the West Bank settlements. This opened the door to a limited thaw in United States-Israel relations. (Full Story)
By Phil Gordon, Amos Yadlin, Executive Director of  INSS and Ari Heistein, 

The recent dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbors is the most serious dispute among them in years, and has the potential to further destabilize an already turbulent region. But the crisis also presents a potential opportunity. If a united front that includes the United States and the leading countries in the Arab world can induce Qatar to contain its support for organizations that promote extremism and threaten regional order, it could help stabilize the region, limit the reach of the Islamic State, and isolate Iran. The United States, which maintains close relations with both sides, should play an active role in trying to bring its quarreling partners together. (Full Story)
By Yannick B. Vallee , B.A. Political Science
                Canadian Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau introduced in the early 1970s the concept that Canada must be a just and progressive society. Trudeau’s vision of Canada was a country of individual freedom and of social justice. Trudeau advocated that the nation turns into a fairer society. Thus, the prime minister thought that a fairer share of national wealth would give more freedom to everyone because Canadians could benefit from more opportunities if their basic needs were met. As a result, the Pierre E. Trudeau Government and the Edward Schreyer Manitoba Government jointly created an experimental program which provided guaranteed annual income to more than 2,000 families in Manitoba. The purpose of this project was to assess the social impacts of a guaranteed and unconditional annual income. Besides, social researchers wanted to know whether or not recipients would work less if they were given unconditional government cheques. Nowadays, the Ontario Government of Kathleen Wynne has started a similar social experiment in three different communities. As a result, the Province of Ontario has randomly selected 4,000 people to participate in the basic income plan. This type of social welfare system might revolutionize the way government delivers social programs in Canada. Some experts think that basic income programs might eliminate poverty and these initiatives might cost less than current social programs.  (Full Story)
A Free Public Conference

Inspired by the documentary “Citizen Jane, Battle for the City.”

By Guest Speaker

Former City Councillor, Sam Boskey

Sam Boskey was involved in Montreal’s municipal politics for almost 20 years. He was active in FRAP and later in the founding of the Montreal Citizens' Movement. He was elected to City Council in 1982 in the Décarie District of NDG and became a member of the MCM Party Executive. He lost his seat in 1998. (Full Story)
By Daniel Shapiro and Rotem Oreg

President Trump’s decision to pay his first visit abroad to the Middle East, specifically to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, underscores one of the most surprising early developments of his presidency: his seeming determination to make progress on advancing negotiations to achieve Israeli-Palestinian (and Arab-Israeli) peace. But this choice raises a tantalizing question: where so many others have failed, could President Trump actually succeed?  (Full Story)
By David Barzilay

The intriguing tale of the location and fate of a Jewish baby placed in the Municipal Foundling Home of Thessaloniki during WWII.

It is March 4th 2016 an email pops onto my screen from some unknown group of researchers based in Thessaloniki, Greece. They introduce themselves: “ We are a group of researchers in Thessaloniki working on a common academic project related to the Shoah. Aliki Arouh, genealogist and researcher archivist of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, , Aigli Brouskou, an anthropologist, researcher of the Municipal Foundling Home of Thessaloniki ‘Agios Stylianos’ and Areti Makri, archivist at the State Archives in Thessaloniki and a researcher”. (Full Story)
By Yahel Arnon  .

When looking at the Trump administration through the prism of the stages of starting a new job, we should remember that the new President, as well as most of the people appointed to support him in the execution of his task, are inexperienced in the management of the systems and the people under their responsibility. In other words, if we rush to examine the Trump administration during its first few months in order to assess its future actions – against the background of orders banning the entry of Muslims from some countries defined as threats; ambivalent moves regarding Russia; attacks on the American media; settling accounts with members of the previous administration and attempts to erase the Obama legacy... (Full Story)
The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

March 06, 2017 (Full Story)
Victor Teboul’s latest work Les Juifs du Québec : In Canada We Trust. Réflexion sur l’identité québécoise (L’ABC de l’Édition, paperback, $24,95; ebook, $14,99) explores Quebec’s history and argues that Jews and other minorities are absent from la Belle province’s memory because they do not share the French Canadians’ struggle to survive as a French-speaking nation. (Full Story)
By Ari Heistein

Donald Trump’s victory, which surprised the media and pollsters alike, has created a great deal of uncertainty for both the American people and their allies in Israel. Many in Jerusalem see the Trump administration as an opportunity to restore the special relationship between Israel and the United States, its most important and irreplaceable ally. At the same time, many of their American coreligionists are worried about the negative consequences of Trump’s victory: the zeitgeist he has cultivated, threats to their safety, and the standing of minorities in the US in general, and Jews in the US in particular. If the incoming administration pursues a different strategy from the one it took on the campaign trail and chooses to bridge gaps among the American people, it could also help bridge a potentially widening gap between the American Jewish community and Israel. (Full Story)
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What’s Going On With The New U.S. Administration?
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
Americans are concerned that there is chaos within the new administration. Trump signed the very controversial executive order on the Muslim ban. As well, the new U.S. president frustrated several U.S. allies abroad and he lost his security advisor... (Full Story)
The Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
The inauguration of a president has always been an important symbol in the U.S. democracy. This reflects the peaceful transfer of power. On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America. He... (Full Story)
Why did the United Kingdom Leave the European Union?
By Yannick B. Vallee, B.A. Political Science
The United Kingdom has always been a major power in Europe and this great nation has always tried to influence other nations in Europe. This country tried to keep a balance of power in Europe which prevented any single... (Full Story)
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)