Iran Sanctions ‘Harmed By The Shutdown’

Obama administration makes case that gov’t shuttering undermining efforts.
10/15/2013 - 20:00

Washington —  Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies this week before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee.

With Deal Struck, Pro-Israel Groups Suspend Lobbying For Syria Strike

09/16/2013 - 20:00

Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak during a Sept. 12 press conference. Getty Images

Leaked Report: U.S. Has Counterintelligence Operations Against Israel

08/29/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The United States works actively to thwart spying by Israel on the U.S., just as it does against enemies like Iran, China, Russia and Cuba, according to a secret report published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

Netanyahu Visits Russia Amid Missile Flap

05/16/2013 - 20:00

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia amid concerns that Russia is planning to sell an advanced air defense system to Syria.

PresenTense Joins JDC In Russia

02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Russia has long been known for its musicians — and for the grueling conservatories in which those musicians are trained. The notion of learning and playing an instrument for pleasure is a foreign one, but with the support of PresenTense, the Jewish social entrepreneurship incubator, Sergey Novikov is trying to change that.

Sergey Novikov, seated at left, plans to build an anti-conservatory as a member of PresenTense’s first Moscow fellowship class.

White House Briefs Jewish Leaders On Quartet's Mideast Statement

09/25/2011 - 20:00

Top White House officials briefed Jewish community leaders about a Quartet statement urging Israelis and Palestinians to return to talks with no preconditions, a key Israeli demand.

"The Quartet reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations without delay or preconditions," said a statement released Friday evening by the grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union that guides Middle East peace talks.

Tightening The Syria Noose

After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.” 

Russian Billionaire Plans ‘Jewish al-Jazeera’

04/06/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A Russian Jewish billionaire plans to create an international news network that will present "real information" about Israel.

Alexander Mashkevich on Wednesday announced his intention to found a Jewish Al-Jazeera during an address at the Keren Hayasod – United Israel Appeal conference in Washington D.C.

Mashkevich told The Associated Press Wednesday that he had not yet decided what the for-profit venture would be called or where it would be based, but he ruled out Kazakhstan, the country where he made his billions.

Babi Yar and the Rose Art Museum: Things Worth Seeing

Brandeis' Rose Art Museum is not dead yet.  Despite the university's much publicized--then reneged--decision to sell off much of the museum's permanent collection last year, the museum itself has been chugging along just fine.  At least that's the indication from the upcoming symposium the Rose Art Museum is hosting on March 10, dedicated to the Babi Yar paintings of the stellar if little known painter Felix Lembersky.

Who's Lembersky?, and what's Babi Yar again? You're forgiven for asking.

Former Yukos CEO Khodorkovsky Found Guilty of Embezzlement

12/26/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of embezzlement and theft.

The conviction against the former head of the Yukos oil company was handed down by a judge in Moscow in a closed court room on Monday, the New York Times reported. He faces up to 14 years in prison, with credit for time served on a previous conviction.

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