Sometimes, we Jews can be oversensitive
By Michael BardJewish Websight Mitchell Bard WASHINGTON, D.C. — I’ve been binging on The West Wing, and there was an episode where the president’s assistant gives him the gift of a map. The president is enamored with the map and says he is going to hang it outside his office. During the rest of the episode, different members of the president’s staff tell him that he cannot do it because the map doesn’t recognize the State of Israel. The president is confused because Israel was not yet established in 1709; nevertheless, he is told it doesn’t matter. It made me wonder if such a thing would reall...
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Former French president Giscard d'Estaing dies aged 94
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has died at the age of 94, sources close to him confirmed to dpa. He died at his home in the central French department of Loir-et-Cher on Wednesday from complications linked to Covid-19. No date was announced for his funeral, which will take place with family. Giscard d'Estaing spent five days in hospital last month in the French town of Tours but was released in mid-November. The liberal Giscard d'Estaing was president of France from 1974 until 1981. His aristocratic manner earned him the reputation of being cool and technocratic. After losing ...
Lebanon's president expresses hope for Israel border talks
Lebanon's president said Wednesday he wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and that disagreements during the last round of negotiations can be resolved based on international law.President Michel Aoun spoke during a meeting with John Desrocher, the US mediator for the negotiations, who was in Beirut for discussions with Lebanese leaders.The fourth round of talks, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday, was postponed until further notice, officials in the two countries said.The negotiations are the first non-security talks to be held between the two countries, which have no d...
Taiwan president saddened by Hong Kong activist rulings
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has said she was saddened by the news that three Hong Kong pro-democracy activists — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam – have been jailed for their activism."These brave young people are symbols of freedom and democracy in Hong Kong, values that we will never stop fighting for," Tsai said on Twitter."We hope that our friends in Hong Kong will not give in to fear and let their vision slip away," Tsai said in a photo attached on Twitter."It is not time to lose hope, as democratic Taiwan will stand with the people in Hong Kong and stand by our democratic values," ...
Iran's president rejects bill that would boost enrichment
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday rejected a bill approved by parliament that would have suspended UN inspections and boosted uranium enrichment, saying it was "harmful" to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal and easing US sanctions.The tug-of-war over the bill, which gained momentum after the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month, reflects the rivalry between Rouhani, a relative moderate, and hard-line lawmakers who dominate parliament and favor a more confrontational approach to the West.The bill would have suspended UN inspections and...
Trudy Rubin: Victory for US democracy: Courts serve law, not a president's will
One good news story from election 2020 that has gotten insufficient attention is the continued independence of America’s courts.Across the country, state and federal judges — appointed by both parties — have resisted President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the voters. From Pennsylvania to Georgia to Michigan and beyond, judges have rejected false White House claims of massive fraud and chastised his lawyers for failing to present evidence.One thrilling moment took place last week in Philadelphia, when federal appeals court Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, bluntly rejected efforts ...
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Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ‘modernist’ French president, dies at 94
France’s former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who brought about rapid social change and was a leading force in founding the European Union, died Wednesday at the age of 94 from complications linked to Covid-19, his family said. Giscard d’Estaing “died on Wednesday 02/12/20 in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher”, his foundation said on Twitter. “His state of health had deteriorated and he died as a result of #COVID19. In accordance with his wishes, his funeral will take place in the strictest family privacy.” Although Giscard d’Estaing only served a single term as president from 1974 to ...
Egypt’s president steps up arrests of critics before Biden takes office
Although Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the first Arab leader to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, this does not mean that Cairo is happy to see a new US leader, especially one from the Democratic Party, which is expected to place greater emphasis on human rights in the Middle East.There has been a recent surge in human-rights violations in Egypt, monitors say. Many Egyptians expect the new US administration to pressure Sisi over human rights, a radical change in approach from outgoing President Donald Trump, who once called the 64-year-old former general his “favorite dicta...
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President of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan sends letter to president of Azerbaijan
Senator Siraj ul Haq, President (Ameer) of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan sent a letter to Ilham Aliyev, president of the Republic of Azerbaijan.“Excellency, It is indeed a matter of great pleasure and satisfaction for the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that Azerbaijan and Armenia have reached an amicable accord to stop the war. It would lead towards peace and prosperity in Azerbaijan.It is heartening that Azerbaijan Armed Forces had liberated Shusha and four districts, and Armenia has agreed to withdraw from other occupied Azerbaijani areas. On behalf of myself, workers of Jamaat-e-Isla...
Armenian PM’s attempts to meet with Russian president fail
By TrendArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to Russia has been cancelled as no high-level meeting could be organized with the Russian leadership, the Armenian media wrote, Trend reports.“All Armenia’s efforts of organizing a bilateral meeting between Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have failed,” the statement said. “The head of the protocol service of the prime minister has been called to Yerevan.”—Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz