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Food Coops: The Not-So-Happy Marriage of Organic Produce and Politics

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WNYC

In Brooklyn, the Park Slope Coop voted 1005 to 653 not to move forward on a controversial proposal to ban products from Israel Tuesday night.

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The Takeaway

Israel Bans Use of Overly Thin Models

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Israel passed a law earlier this week that bans local advertisers from using overly thin models in their campaigns. It also requires publications to disclose when images are altered or photoshopped to make models appear thinner. The law's supporters hope it will promote healthier eating habits among models and stop glamorizing extreme thinness among the general population.

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Studio 360

Father & Son: Rival Scholars

Friday, March 09, 2012

Footnote, a new film by Israeli director Joseph Cedar, has received a lot of international attention, including the best screenplay prize at Cannes in 2011 and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It opens across the United States this weekend. Set ...

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The Takeaway

President Obama to Meet With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Monday, March 05, 2012

At this weekend's conference of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security. During his remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the President restated that, with regards to ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table. The President also said sanctions and diplomacy should be given a chance before further action is taken. Later today, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be the latest installment in what has been an uneasy relationship between the two leaders.

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New Sounds

Global Acoustic Music (Special Podcast)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WNYC

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some global acoustic works from the Touré-Raichel Collective.  It’s a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel which came about following a concert in Tel Aviv.  The results are stunning and elegant conversations between guitar (Touré) and piano (Raichel), where the strings of the piano are sometimes plucked like a harp or kora.  The songs are anchored by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane.  ("The Tel Aviv Session" will be out in late March, 2012.)

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The Takeaway

Israel's Debt to Iran; Iran's Debt to Israel

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Tuesday, Iran called for more talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog group, claiming that their current nuclear program is peaceful. However, this assurance hasn't placated Israel: according to intelligence reporters for the Associated Press, Israeli officials said that they would not warn the U.S. if they decided to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on the Obama Doctrine

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, discusses the Obama doctrine--and how it applies to Syria, Iran, and Israel. 

David Sanger chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and 
contributor to WNYCchief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, discusses the Obama Doctrine--and how it applies to Syria, Iran, and Israel.

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The Takeaway

The Obama Doctrine in Syria and Iran

Monday, February 27, 2012

After nine long years in Iraq and an ongoing, tenuous drawdown in Afghanistan, few politicians on either side of the aisle want to get involved in another war. These days, many inside and outside of the Beltway feel that the best way to deal with international conflicts is merely to provide the "seed money": given enough time and arms, the Syrians can oust Bashar al-Assad on their own; Israel can stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Outside reaction to the crises in Syria and Iran

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Outside reaction to the crises in Syria and Iran

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WNYC News

NYPD Increases Security Around Israeli Offices

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Escalating global tensions between Israel and Iran is prompting  the NYPD to step up patrols around Israeli government buildings in the city, as well as synagogues and Jewish cultural centers.

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The Takeaway

Attacks on Israeli Embassy Personnel

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today in India an explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat's car on the streets of New Delhi, Israeli officials said. The driver and a diplomat's wife were injured. The explosion took place close to the Israeli embassy. Meanwhile in Tiblisi, Georgia Israel's Foreign Ministry said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. 

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The Takeaway

Will Israel Attack Iran?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The escalating tension between Israel and Iran over the latter's nuclear program has been at the center of many foreign policy debates and diplomatic talks over the past decade. Proponents of an Israeli strike say it's needed for to preserve Israel's national security while detractors say such an attack would precipitate World War III. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Tensions rise between Iran and the west and Nigeria tries to end a costly fuel subsidy

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tensions rise between Iran and the west and Nigeria tries to end a costly fuel subsidy

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The Takeaway

A Religious War Inside Israel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tensions between ultra-Orthodox Haredim and more secular Israelis have been growing over the past year. With strict codes in regards to clothing, observance of the Sabbath, and male-female interactions, this 1 million-strong segment of the population has become increasingly vocal about its displeasure with what it perceives as an insufficiently observant state. Specifically, the majority of this animosity has been focused on women.

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New Sounds

Global Acoustic Music

Monday, January 09, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some global acoustic works from the Touré-Raichel Collective.  It’s a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel which came about following a concert in Tel Aviv.  The results are stunning and elegant conversations between guitar (Touré) and piano (Raichel), where the strings of the piano are sometimes plucked like a harp or kora.  The songs are anchored by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane.  ("The Tel Aviv Session" will be out in late March, 2012.)

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The Takeaway

The Thinning 'Red Lines': Could the US Attack Iran?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta complicated U.S.-Israeli relations by calling the potential consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities "a confrontation and a conflict that we would regret." The remark resulted in a formal diplomatic protest lodged by Israel's ambassador to the U.S. The Obama administration has since assured the Israelis of the existence of so-called "red lines" — in essence, the White House acknowledges that certain actions undertaken by Iran could trigger U.S. military action against it.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Arab Spring special

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Arab Spring special

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The GOP Field Supports Israel, Will American Jews Finally Listen?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

With no hope at getting the Jewish vote, conservative candidates stand with Israel consistently and fully, yet American Jews follow their tradition of voting for Democrats even against their own interests. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Analyzing Palestinian Media

Friday, December 09, 2011

Itamar Marcus, Israeli political activist, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, and co-author of the new book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, discusses his book cataloguing and analyzing Palestinian-Authority controlled media.

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Schoolbook

Parent Complains of Bias in Sixth-Grade Lesson

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sixth graders in New York City regularly study the Middle East, but it is up to individual schools to craft the lessons. At Public School 101 School in the Gardens in Queens, a parent has filed a complaint about a lesson, written by a teacher, that told sixth graders the countries surrounding Israel “seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. They do not want peace.”

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