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Associated sends group to post-war Israel
BY Heather Norris
September 29, 2014

When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission CONTINUE »

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Can think tanks be bought?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro and David Holzel
September 29, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Bill Clinton criticizes Netanyahu
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
September 29, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton caused controversy last week when off-the-cuff remarks appearing to criticize Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were caught by C-SPAN cameras. While greeting attendees at a campaign event for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) headlined by Bill and Hillary Clinton, the 42nd president had a small conversation with a man who questioned Netanyahu’s CONTINUE »

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African asylum seekers leaving Israel amid unwelcoming environment, uncertain future
BY Marc Shapiro
September 29, 2014

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.” CONTINUE »

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JHU’s Chabad House gives students that home-away-from-home feeling
BY Allie Freedman
September 29, 2014

  It may be old, but the Chabad House at Johns Hopkins University is still going strong. Now in its 12th year, the Jewish center located on North Charles Street offers Shabbat dinners, High Holiday services and other enrichment activities to university students. “We are a 24/7 Chabad,” said director Rabbi Zev Gopin. “Many of CONTINUE »