The Daily Brief – Tuesday January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011

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11, 2011
Daily Gleaner: Gwynne Dyer: "The vanishing two-state solution" (9/1/2011)
"What does it mean when the United States, Britain, France and Spain upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian delegations in their capitals, as they all did in the past year?"
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Waterloo Record: Jackson Diehl: "Arab nations aren’t taking chances with winged ‘spies’" (10/1/2011)
"Saudi Arabia has arrested a bird on charges of spying for Israel. According to the newspaper Al-Weeam, the alleged Mossad agent is a vulture that was captured in a rural area of the country. It was discovered to have a transmitter and a leg bracelet"
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Toronto Star: Dow Marmur: "Redefining the Jerusalem syndrome" (10/1/2011)
"Wikipedia describes the Jerusalem syndrome as “a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences that are triggered by a visit to the city of Jerusalem.” Therapists report that in most cases patients recover after they leave town, unless the syndrome imposes itself on a previous psychotic illness or afflicts people prone to idiosyncratic ideas."
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Winnipeg Free Press: Samuel Segev: "Sudan vote causes tremors in region" (11/1/2011)
"The leaders of Southern Sudan have already announced their intention to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. This is not surprising. Among regional countries, Israel is the only country that absorbed thousands of Sudanese refugees from Darfur and Southern Sudan."
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National Posted: Terry Glavin: The missing voices of human rights" (10/1/2011)
“Set aside for the moment the fact that the U.N. council is dominated by human rights abusers who devote most of the agenda to condemnations of Israel. Who has heard what the council said about, say, the recent events in Belarus? The obvious answer: far fewer people than would have noticed if the same critique came from Obama or Clinton.”
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Montreal Gazette: Laura Agnerian (letter to the editor): "Easier to hate than to love" (11/1/2011)
"… The Coptic Christians of Egypt in their place of worship, an honest Montreal businessman in his shoestore because some of the shoes are made in Israel, a caring Arizona congresswoman at a town hall gathering…" Matt Semansky: "Muslim congress founder dispels myths" (9/1/2011)
"… thanks to writers such as Tarek Fatah, whose new book The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism provides an invaluable service for readers of all faiths. In it, Fatah, the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, thoroughly debunks the idea that Jews and Muslims have been set against each other by divine order, as well as the fallacious argument that antipathy between the two religions has been a fixture down through the centuries."
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Saskatoon Star Phoenix: Reuters: "Living in a world of risk" (11/1/2011)
"What’s the chance of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities to slow Tehran’s progress towards atomic weapon capability? The only thing we can say is that it’s a probability of somewhere between zero and 100 per cent. What can be said with certainty is that the economic impact of Israeli action would be enormous initially, which means this risk can’t be ignored…"
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Toronto Sun: Peter Worthington: "Abandoning ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ reeks of a political decision" (11/1/2011)
"Israeli forces include homosexuals, and no one suggests Israeli defence forces lack resolve or competence. Then again, as a small country perpetually outnumbered and surrounded by hostile states, Israel doesn’t have much choice but to incorporate every citizen into its survival plans."
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Montreal Gazette: Andrew Cohen: "The distemper of U.S. times" (10/1/2011)
"Much of the United States has a frontier mentality, comfortable with guns in a way Canada and other democracies are not. Israel killed Yitzhak Rabin, Sweden killed Olof Palme and Canada killed James Cross, but political violence is rare"
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Toronto Star: Susan Delacourt: "Politics can be dangerous in Canada, too" (10/1/2011)
"That night, LeBlanc and the rest of the staff were called in to deal with the fallout of the break-in and the next day, LeBlanc accompanied a shaken Chrétien on a trip to Israel."


Today’s News and Views About Israel & Mideast

Varsity: Anamarija Koroli: "Who is Jenny Peto?" (11/1/2011)
"The Varsity spoke exclusively with Jenny Peto, author of a master’s thesis that has generated controversy and debate over Israel, racism, and the role of graduate education."
Send a letter to editor  Submit online comment "MacKay begins Mideast visit in Israel" (10/1/2011)
"Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay met with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak in Tel-Aviv on Monday, the first leg of a Middle East visit that will take him to the Palestinian territories and Jordan."
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CBC National: Anchor: "Mackay in Israel" (10/1/2011)
"Defence Minister Peter Mackay began a visit to the Middle East in Israel today. Mackay met with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak. Their discussions centered around military cooperation and shared technology. The minister also has visits planned in Jordan and with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank."
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CBC News Now: Anchor: "Mackey in Israel, heading to West Bank" (11/1/2011)
"Canada’s defence minister is in the middle east this week. Peter Mackay will meet with Israeli and Jordanian and Palestinian leaders during a four-day tour of the region. He kicked off his trip in Israel where he met with his Israeli counterpart and he thanked Israel for support for Canadian forces serving in Afghanistan and he’ll head to the west bank where he’ll meet Palestinian officials and Canadian troops training Palestinian security forces and he’ll wrap up his trip in Jordan."
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CBC News Now: Anchor: "Mackay thanks Israel for its support of Canadian forces in Afghanistan" (10/1/2011)
"Expressions of gratitude today from Canada’s Defence Minister who is visiting Israel. Peter Mackay thanked the country for its support to Canadian forces in Afghanistan. He was all smiles while meeting the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, but Mackay leaves Thursday after meeting forces deployed in the region.”
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CBC National: Neil MacDonald: "After Rabin assassination, Israel tried to prosecute extremists for their words" (10/1/2011)
"… Ultimately the question is what should be done? Most other democracies have anti-gun and anti-incitement laws. Israel, after its prime minister was shot dead by a right wing fanatic, tried without much success to prosecute some of its extremists for their words."
Watch clip  Contact CBC "Iran sanctions working: Clinton" (10/1/2011)
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., that sanctions have slowed Iran’s efforts to develop atomic weapons."
Submit online comment "Iran claims its agents penetrated Israeli secret service" (10/1/2011)
"Iran’s intelligence services said Monday they have arrested suspects in the assassination a year ago of a nuclear physicist in a months-long covert operation that also led them to penetrate Israel’s Mossad spy agency." "Palestinians say they’ll go to UN for recognition" (10/1/2011)
"The Palestinian foreign minister says he will seek United Nations recognition for a Palestinian state in September and is currently lobbying for votes worldwide." "Clinton: Arab world must confront Iran" (10/1/2011)
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that sanctions have slowed Iran’s efforts to develop atomic weapons and accused the country of trying to foment new conflict in the Middle East to distract attention from its nuclear ambitions."

Vancouver Sun/Regina Leader Post: Wire Services: "Network of spies’ arrested: state TV" (11/1/2011)
"Iran has arrested a “ network of spies” linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service which it blames for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010, Iran’s state television reported on Monday."
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National Post: Reuters: "Iran enforces dress code for universities" (11/1/2011)
"Iran is enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for universities, including a ban on female students wearing long nails, bright clothes and tattoos."
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