Experts for Hire

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Many think tanks, those collections of scholars who issue reams of reports and whose members help shape public opinion and government policy, take pride in being independent research organizations whose academics and former officials do rigorous, unbiased work. But thanks to revelations that some of the most widely known of such groups, including the Brookings… Read More

Seeking Refuge

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Mutasim Ali fled the Darfur region of Sudan in 2009 seeking refuge from a government undergoing a campaign of ethnic cleansing. “I’m ashamed to see that happening in my country, but because of your race, you feel you don’t belong to that place anyway,” he said. “That’s one of the major problems we face there.”… Read More

At ‘Warp Speed’

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Four thousand miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a team of Baltimore doctors and researchers is scrambling to help develop a vaccine that could stop the deadly disease’s rapid spread. “We’ve rewritten the chapter [on Ebola],” said Dr. Myron Levine, a professor of medicine with a specialty in immunology at… Read More

Baltimore Gets a Glimpse of Obama

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More than 200 people lined the streets of northwest Baltimore Friday afternoon in the hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama on his way to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Yosef Wiener and his wife left their Shabbot meal cooking to walk about a half mile from their home… Read More

Digging Deep

Palestinians view what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the Rafah area of southern Gaza.

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OR YEHUDA, Israel — Something that looks like a can of soda could be Israel’s high-tech answer to the network of tunnels that Hamas has created under the Gaza border. A sensor known as a geophone can detect underground movement based on the sound generated by the movement, the Israeli defense firm manufacturing the device… Read More

Sotloff Remembered for Unique Middle East Coverage

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Baltimore native and documentary filmmaker Matthew VanDyke knew Steven Sotloff wasn’t like other journalists. His love for the Middle East region and the time he took to learn Arabic and get to know the culture gave his coverage a deeper perspective, VanDyke said. He pointed to Sotloff’s work on the Benghazi attack in 2012. “He… Read More

White House Sparks Ire

Several Jewish organizations have expressed their disappointment in President Barack Obama’s delay on addressing immigration until after the mid-term elections in November. Speaking to the new host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, on Sunday, the president justified breaking an earlier promise that he would reform immigration policy by executive order by the end… Read More

Star-Studded Sendoff

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The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at… Read More

Battle Scars

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With the news that Maryland will be home to some of the latest efforts to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, the deadly outbreak taking place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is seemingly getting closer and closer. At American Jewish World Service, the outbreak resulted in a halt in regular programming in… Read More

‘Robbery, Extortion, Trafficking’

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With concern over the apparent growing strength and spread of the Islamic State, the terror group that has beheaded two American journalists in as many weeks, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), despite the Senate’s summer recess, have sent a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the administration to… Read More