When we hear claims that America can stop the Iran deal if Congress would just stand up to President Obama and override his veto as a way of taking back their power we all should realize that such is not about to happen. I am unsure what it is that President Obama holds over the heads of the members of Congress, well, at least the Democrat members of Congress, but whatever it is, he does hold their undivided attention and they snap right into line as he demands. The fear shown is palpable unlike anything I have ever witnessed or anybody else we have spoken with. But it does not matter what President Obama has that holds the members of his party into obedience at his slightest whim because there is a force far more powerful than anything in Washington. This force made Coca-Cola make a complete U-turn and find…
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Europe’s borders have all but collapsed in the wake of the refugee crisis we are facing. Such is the scale of the exodus, even Theresa May has upped the ante on her rhetoric, seemingly jumping on the Eurosceptic bandwagon to criticise the way migration is handled in the EU.
At the recent EU summit, she warned the principle of free movement should only be used by EU migrants who already have a job lined up here.
This is yet another nail in the coffin for David Cameron’s promise he will reduce net migration to the tens of thousands. Of course, he never had a chance.
Recently released ONS figures show the number of foreign-born residents in Britain has surpassed 8 million. The figures also show — despite Cameron’s repeated promises; “no ifs, no buts” — net migration has risen to 330,000. Migration from Romania and Bulgaria had doubled compared to the year before last.
The surge in Germany’s Muslim population — propelled by a wave of migration unprecedented since the Second World War — represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country’s open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever.”
There are 20 million refugees waiting at the doorstep of Europe.” — Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
According to Aiman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, attendance at many mosques has doubled in the past month alone.
A large number (40%) are from countries in the Balkans, including Albania and Kosovo. This implies that nearly half of those arriving in Germany are economic migrants, not refugees fleeing war zones. — Thomas De Maizière, German Interior Minister.
In a classroom at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, a group of mature students are learning about Tisha B’Av — the Jewish calendar’s saddest day, when the destruction of the two Temples and a whole series of subsequent tragedies are commemorated.
Their teacher, Yehuda Kurtzer, reflects on how, after the loss of the Temples, a “rabbinical elite” in ancient times resorted to the use of synagogues to give Judaism the focal points it needed to survive. And he goes on to note that nowadays, “we don’t have a dominant elite shaping the Jewish narrative.”
Many friends and acquaintances who visited my homes in New York City and Canaan, Connecticut, and found the rooms full of books, often three deep on my shelves, asked me why and how I had obtained such a large collection. For the most part my answer was: it came to me by hereditary reverence for the written word. I happen now to be engaged in the writing of my autobiography, which tries to find answers to these and related questions. Even its title, “Under Three Civilizations,” supplies in part the answer to the next question; namely, why this collection covers so many different areas, periods, and subjects.
As a child of four (in 1899) in Galicia I was introduced to the study of the Bible and its various interpreters. Less than two years later my father paraded me before relatives and friends as a student of the Talmud together with its commentaries. At the same time I excelled in mathematics and the game of chess. These activities did not interfere, however, with my participation in group games with boys of my age and older, particularly during the lengthy summer vacations, when my parents took the family to spas, predominantly to Czechoslovakia’s Marienbad, or to Germany’s Baltic and North Sea beaches, where I swam, exercised, and played.
Visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page on September 6th and 7th may have been somewhat surprised to find that a domestic Israeli story about a budget disagreement between the Ministry of Education and institutions in the private schools sector had been deemed by editors to be worthy of international amplification.
However, anyone with background knowledge of this story who read the article titled “Protesters rally over funding for Christian schools in Israel” could be left in no doubt as to the underlying editorial considerations which prompted its publication.
Readers are told that:
“Protesters have gathered in front of the Israeli prime minister’s office to demand greater funds for Christian schools.
Private Christian schools receive some state funding but protesters say it is lower than that given to equivalent Jewish schools.
They say their funding has been reduced in an effort to make…
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