Jarring New Documentary Sheds Light On Internet Addiction In China

In 'Web Junkie', award-winning Israeli filmmakers expose military-style anti-addiction programs in China.

07/12/2015 - 20:00
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‘Web Junkie’, a jarring new documentary by award-winning Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia, documents the rising phenomenon of Chinese youth addicted to the internet.

While here in the U.S. internet addiction is not classified as a clinical disorder, in China—where the problem is endemic among youth and trending upward— it is an officially diagnosed clinical disorder and considered a national public health problem.

Web Junkie explores internet addiction and repressive rehab programs established to deal with it. Courtesy of PBS.

Kaifeng To Host First Seder Since Mid-19th Century

04/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The descendants of Jews who live in the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, are expected to participate in the first traditional Passover seder held there since the mid 19th century, accoding to a press release from Shavei Israel, a group that seeks to strengthen ties between Jews, the State of Israel and the descendants of Jewish communities worldwide.

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.

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.


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.

Chinese-Jewish Relations: The Mitzvah of Saving Face

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I am writing this at 5 a.m. from my hotel room in the Haidian District of Beijing, steps from the West Gate of China’s most famed institution of higher learning, Peking University (“The Harvard of China”) —and I am completely exhausted. It’s not from jet lag — as this is my fourth trip in as many years, I’ve figured out how to adapt to the new a new schedule quickly.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

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It's Not Just For Holidays Anymore
10/11/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist


My 10 year old twins, Jacob and Sophie, were in the back seat of our minivan, and bickering once again. I mean, I love it when people fight over me, but this was getting ridiculous.

“I’m the one who made mom a mom!” Jacob announced, holding his one-minute head start in life over his twin sister’s head.

“Yeah, but I’m the one who made her a mother of twins. That’s even more special!” Sophie reminded him.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

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.” 

Ai Weiwei's Jews: Pictures from an Exhibition

On the weekends, I like to get away from work. One of the places where I like to do that is museums.  And what better one to visit, if you're looking to avoid Jews (for me, that's my job; not anti-semitism), than the Asia Society?  Surely there'd be nothing on view there that would make me think of writing, deadlines and blogging about Jews--that is, work.

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