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Forbes ranks Janet Yellen, Zuckerberg and Netanyahu among world’s ‘most powerful’: Zio-Watch, November 4, 2015


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Forbes ranks Janet Yellen, Zuckerberg and Netanyahu among world’s ‘most powerful’

(JTA) — Several Jews, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appear on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.”

The list, published online Wednesday, ranks 73 people — all but nine of them men — in order of most powerful. While admittedly subjective, the ranking assesses the power “along four dimensions,” according to the magazine: whether the person “has power over lots of people,” the “financial resources controlled” by the person, whether the person is powerful “in multiple spheres,” and whether the person “actively used” his or her power.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

House resolution urges European governments to keep Jewish communities safe

(JTA) — A House resolution calls on the United States to urge European governments to act to keep their Jewish communities safe.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., passed unanimously on Tuesday. Smith is the chairman of the Helsinki Commission, the congressional body that monitors compliance with human rights overseas.

The resolution, which had 89 co-sponsors, calls on the U.S. administration to encourage European governments, law enforcement agencies and intergovernmental organizations to formally recognize and partner with Jewish community groups to strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness, mitigation and responses related to anti-Semitic attacks.

“The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks has increased from 100 to 400 percent in some European countries since 2013,” Smith, who also co-chairs the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, said in a statement. “The murders in Paris, Copenhagen and elsewhere reminded us that there are those who are motivated by anti-Semitism and have the will to kill.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Canada to reprise role as ‘honest broker’ in Mideast, new foreign minister says

TORONTO (JTA) —  Canada’s just-elected Liberal government will stop making Israel a partisan issue, the country’s new foreign affairs minister said.

Stephane Dion, a former leader of the Liberal Party, said Canada can help Israel more by returning to its role as an “honest broker” and improving relations with other Middle East nations than continuing the staunchly pro-Israel policies of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Justin Trudeau defeated Harper in the Oct. 19 federal election.

“The main difference is that we will stop making it a partisan issue,” Dion told the news website iPolitics.ca in an interview published Wednesday. “Israel is a friend, it is an ally, but for us to be an effective ally, we need also to strengthen our relationship with the other legitimate partners in the region.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israeli professor shouted down at U. of Minnesota

The protesters delayed the speech by Moshe Halbertal, a member of the New York University Law School faculty, for 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported.

Halbertal, who co-authored the Israel Defense Forces’ most recent code of ethics, had been scheduled to deliver the University of Minnesota’s annual Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law, and approximately 100 students and faculty had gathered to listen.
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From Russia Today

US begins training ‘moderate rebels’ on Syrian territory – report

Published time: 4 Nov, 2015 05:16

© Mario Anzuoni© Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

US military advisors have begun training so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria, a media report has claimed. The move represents a complete 180 degree turn around from Obama’s 2013 promise not to put any “American boots on the ground in Syria.”

The report from Lebanon’s satellite television channel, Al Mayadeen, cites a military source stating that American military advisors have already arrived in Syria and are training “moderate rebels” near the city of Salma, located in the western province of Latakia.

“American officers began the training of Turkmen militants around Salma in Latakia province,” the channel cited the source as saying.

Latakia is where Russia has set up its air base for its ongoing anti-terror operation in Syria. Despite Washington’s assertions that the rebel training is now aimed at pushing back Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Syrian military sources cited by RIA Novosti say that no IS forces currently hold positions in northern Latakia. Instead, the Syrian Turkmen militants are fighting alongside the al-Nusra Front extremists against the Syrian Army.
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From Russia Today

Ireland to open ‘medically supervised’ heroin injection rooms

Published time: 3 Nov, 2015 21:22

© Denis Balibouse© Denis Balibouse / Reuters Drug users in Ireland will soon be able to safely inject heroin at supervised rooms in Dublin, the minister in charge of National Drugs Strategy has announced, adding that there is a “strong consensus” that drugs should be decriminalized throughout the country.

Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that users will be able to use the rooms from next year. He said he hopes the cities of Cork, Galway, and Limerick will open similar rooms shortly after Dublin does.

“Research has shown that the use of supervised injecting centers is associated with self-reported reductions in injecting risk behaviors,”the Labour minister said.

Ó Ríordáin told AFP that “it would effectively mean a diplomatic immunity to inject heroin in a safe, secure, passionate environment,”adding that it will “limit the dangers of contracting HIV and Hepatitis C and also takes away the street injecting phenomenon.”

According to the minister, heroin users would “bring in their own material,” but would be provided with a “medically supervised space.”
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