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Being Alexander Machkevitch: Jewish Billionaire From Nowhere With Big Plans

04/12/2011
Editor And Publisher

Alexander Machkevitch, 57, is a Jewish billionaire little known in America, and from a country virtually unknown in the West — Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim republic of the former Soviet Union. He was in the U.S. last week, seeking a higher profile in announcing his plan to launch an international news network that would rival Al Jazeera and “deliver true information all over the world.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel May Cancel Argentinian Official’s Visit Over Iran Deal

03/28/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel may cancel a visit by Argentina's foreign minister after a report that the South American country told Iran it would stop investigating two bombings of Jewish targets in exchange for better trade relations.

Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman is scheduled to visit Israel next week. Israeli Foreign Ministry officials are waiting for a response from their Argentinian counterparts on the veracity of a report in a weekly Argentinian newspaper before deciding how to handle the visit, according to Israeli news reports.

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

Jewish Activists Protest UN Appointment Of Iran To Commission On Status Of Women

03/23/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Every year since 1917 the month of March has been dedicated to women around the world.

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and since 1946 the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the principal global policy-making body that promotes gender equality – convenes during the month to evaluate progress, identify challenges, and formulate concrete policies to further the global advancement of women.

Bipartisan Push In Congress For Tougher Iran Sanctions

02/18/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Citing the movement of two Iranian warships toward the Suez Canal and a potential confrontation with Israel, a bipartisan group of members of Congress on Wednesday called for tougher sanctions against Tehran to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

"If we can bring greater transparency to any investment being made in Iran, we can defund nuclear development in one of the world’s most hostile nations,” said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, in a conference call with reporters. “America can not and will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.”

Syria-Bound Iranian Warships Stop in Red Sea

02/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two Iranian warships bound for Syria withdrew a request to sail through the Suez Canal. 

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Wednesday night that the ships were en route to Syria via the Suez Canal.

But Thursday the ships stopped in an area near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port city of Jiddah after reportedly withdrawing a request to traverse the canal. Other reports suggest that the ships never requested permission to cross through the canal.

Post-Mubarak, Obama Embraces Middle East Reform

02/16/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A combination of calculation, luck and principles are steering the Obama administration to emphasize democracy and human rights in the Middle East in the post-Mubarak era.

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out a revamped strategy that takes into account U.S. strategic interests in the region while also emphasizing the need to accommodate uprisings that have swept away governments in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as protests nipping at U.S. allies in Barhain, Jordan and Yemen.

Egypt, Iran Top Pols’ Concerns At JCRC Event

Reason for optimism in post-Mubarak era, says Schumer, at congressional breakfast; Tehran nuclear ambitions worry N.Y. delegation.

02/15/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 The uncertain future of Israel’s powerful neighbor dominated the speeches at Sunday’s annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, held less than 48 hours after the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt.

“Being Jewish, I worry,” said Sen. Charles Schumer at the JCRC congressional breakfast Sunday, addressing the changing Middle Ea

Iranian Officials Blame Israel, U.S. for Protests

02/15/2011

(JTA) -- Iranian officials blamed Israel and the United States for protests that broke out in the Islamic Republic, leaving one dead and dozens injured.

"The parliament condemns the Zionist, American, anti-revolutionary and anti-national action of the misled seditionists," Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday during an open session of parliament a day after the demonstrations in support of the peoples' revolution in Egypt that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak..

Barak Meeting Top U.S. Officials

02/09/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington meeting top administration officials and Congress members.

Barak is meeting Wednesday with Dennis Ross, the top Iran policy official in the White House; Tom Donilon, the national security adviser; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee and other Congress members.

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