Finally, Deal is Reached Agreement limits Iran’s nuclear abilities while lifting economic sanctions

Iran and a group of six countries led by the United States reached an agreement Tuesday morning that aims to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions. President Barack Obama said that because of the deal, “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.” The deal reached in Vienna was met… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes

Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More

Anti-BDS Section of Trade Bill in Danger of Non-Enforcement

Lawmakers are weighing their options following the announcement by the Obama administration that it will not enforce a provision in a recently signed trade bill that combats boycott efforts of Israel when it comes to settlements beyond the green line. In a statement released last week, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said: “By conflating Israel… Read More

Cuba in a Nutshell Visiting professor provides outlook on how U.S.-Cuba relations have evolved

About 200 people packed the room on the 21st floor of the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore on June 17 to hear renowned scholar Richard Feinberg present a lecture on relations between the United States and Cuba. Feinberg, professor of international political economy at the University of California, San Diego, began by discussing the… Read More

At Long Last State Department’s human rights report released after four-month delay

The State Department was set to release the long overdue Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on June 25, after a delay, the longest ever, that spurred speculation in some political spheres that it was done in an effort not to upset Iran during ongoing nuclear negotiations, a charge the State Department denied. The Human… Read More

A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More

‘State’ of Confusion Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

WASHINGTON — When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church. A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas under Palestinian control raised eyebrows in its reference to the “State of Palestine.” The… Read More