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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 Aida Rehouma and Rabab Fayad

Tunis/Geneva - On 23 October, the country that sparked the Arab Spring led the region from revolution to political self-determination. Over 90 per cent of eligible Tunisian voters went to the polls to cast their ballots for the new 217-seat Constituent Assembly, a body that is tasked with both writing a new constitution and forming the new interim government.  (Full Story)

In modern times, Jews have had to wonder whether and what has changed in relation to the non-Jewish world in which we live. The issue has been divisive. Within the Orthodox community there is no unanimity on the question. In the so-called ultra-Orthodox camp there has always been a serious attempt to rebuild the ghetto walls which crumbled in the modern era. Every attempt is made to minimize outside influences that could allegedly contaminate the community. In the Modern Orthodox world this fear is greatly diminished. The encounter with non-Jews and their cultural products is not necessarily considered to be dangerous to Jewish survival and is viewed more as a challenge that can enrich our human experience. (Full Story)
by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - Much of the debate about the recent burning of the Qur’an in a Florida church by Pastor Terry Jones focused on its devastating impact overseas. But beyond the power of symbolic actions to stir up religious tensions, this event also demonstrated the degree to which new technologies can speed up the dissemination of hate messages in our ever-shrinking global village. (Full Story)

Toronto (Ontario, Canada) — An educational project to commemorate the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War will receive federal funding, Senator Consiglio Di Nino announced today, on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. (Full Story)
Fidel Castro says Cuba's contribution to the independence struggle in Africa has never been properly acknowledged. Soon, Cuba will open its archives to researchers and historians working on the history of Africa. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Benny Morris has been one of the best known of Israel’s “new historians” or revisionists who have challenged accepted versions of their state’s history. Morris first came to broader public attention with his challenging work on the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue, in which he ably demonstrated that the tide of refugees was not merely the result of Arab radio broadcasts or their leaders calling on them to desert their villages but also of Israel’s deliberate use of force, even terror and the thorough destruction of their villages and mosques. (Full Story)
By Stephen Scheinberg, contributor
Once again the case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and their co-defendant Morton Sobell has been featured in the news. Most of you will recall that the Rosenberg couple was executed in 1953 on the charge of conspiracy to commit espionage and Sobell received a 30 year sentence. The case aroused passions around the globe with those on the left condemning it as a legal lynching and those on the right defending the sentences as a reasonable response to Soviet spying. Both sides were wrong. (Full Story)
By Miriam Rabkin, Contributor to Tolerance.ca®
Certain dates are more significant than others. November 7th, 2007 marked the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This did not seem to be noted in the Canadian press. Yet, it is an event that is not one to be forgotten. I was recently surprised when a friend told me that some of his university students did not know what the Cold War was. Has the divide between East and West been forgotten? (Full Story)
By Jim Teeple 

Forty years ago Tuesday, June 5, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War began. Lasting just six days, the war was an unqualified victory for Israel and a complete defeat for the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. As VOA's Jim Teeple reports, nowhere did the war have a greater impact than in Jerusalem, where - 40 years later - the future of this historic city and its residents remains unresolved. (Full Story)

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