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By Richard Tremblay, choregrapher, Montreal
In one of its latest judgments, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, an island situated at the southern tip of India, has granted an additional year to its president's term, following the 26 January 2010 presidential election in the country where outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected. Given its nature, the piece of news would normally fall as a tile on the head of ordinary citizens waking up one day to learn that their President or their Prime Minister was granted one additional year to the term for which he was elected.
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By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
In the course of a debate, down here in Florida, I carefully used the “A” word. I was speaking about the future of Israel and the Palestinians and presented four possible scenarios, arguing that if Israel remained on its present course, not giving the Palestinians their own state or the vote, it would become an “apartheid-like” society. (Full Story)
Belleville is a small city in southern Ontario with a high rate of unemployment. Young women go to Belleville to sell their bodies just as women desperate for livelihood have done for centuries during hard times. It's the only way they see to survive. The market for prostitutes in Belleville is huge with the Trenton Air Base just 20 minutes away.
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By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
The recent mini-crisis in U.S. Israel relations is probably, given the needs of both parties, going to fade from the headlines but behind the scenes the issues will still fester. It was shameful that right wing lobbyists for Israel in the United States, ignored the main points in contention. AIPAC, the largest and wealthiest such lobby, viewed the announcement of 1600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, as only a “bureaucratic error” and stuck to their tired line that the United States and Israel have identical interests. It was the Obama administration that they faulted, for allowing the unfortunately timed announcement to create a rift between the two nations. (Full Story)
By Peggy Shapiro

In the midst of the tragedy and chaos in the Haitian capital, Israeli doctors, part of IsraAID -F.I.R.S.T. (the Israel Forum for International Aid), delivered a healthy baby boy in an IDF field hospital. When the baby's grateful mother, Gubilande Jean Michel saw her newborn son, alive and well, she named him Israel in gratitude to the people and nation who brought her this blessing.
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By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
We all share in the anguish when terrorist acts needlessly destroy lives, whether in New York, Jerusalem, London or more recently Moscow. Recently, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu extended his sympathies to Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin and explained that his nation identified with the Russians, “as a country that is itself a target for terror.” He added that “we stand with you united in the struggle against terror.” (Full Story)
By Richard Tremblay, choregrapher, Montreal
To hold an international theatre festival during the Christmas holidays would probably be suicidal in the West, as most theatres are virtually closed at this time of the year, mainly when adverse weather invites itself at the party. Apparently, holidays and temperatures reaching a peak of 30 degrees at this time of the year in Kerala (India), are no problem for the State 2nd International Theatre Festival and its ten days programme running from December 20 to 29. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
There are some commentators on North American Jewry, largely neo-Cons such as Norman Podhoretz and Ruth Wisse, who are puzzled by the persistent liberalism of their fellow Jews. Why should Jews in the United States who “earn like Episcopalians, vote like Puerto Ricans,” is the question raised by this now somewhat dated quip. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
I have been looking and listening but have not seen or heard any organizational voices raised in the Canadian Jewish community to protest against the unfair attack pamphlet issued by the Conservatives. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
A “gambit” is one or a series of clever opening moves in a chess game. Bibi Netanyahu has recently demonstrated a mastery of the board and has dominated the play against Barack Obama. Unfortunately, there are more than pawns to be sacrificed in this contest. (Full Story)
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