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(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict

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  • Posted on April 27, 2016

(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict This week, we have made an addition to the banner on this mailing: it now reads “(Some of) What You Need To Know: Syrian Conflict.” The addition of the qualifier “Some of” reflects the complexity of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the difficulty in understanding…



What You Need To Know: Iran elections

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  • Posted on April 27, 2016

What You Need To Know: Iran elections Iranians will vote on February 26 for members of the country’s next parliament as well as its Assembly of Experts.  The parliament, also known as the Majlis, is Iran’s 290-member legislative body. Women and religious minorities are eligible as candidates.  The Assembly’s 88 members elect the Supreme Leader, which…



Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

A former U.S. counterterrorism official says a recent visit to Molenbeek shows why ISIL is thriving in Europe. Politico: My Journey To Brussels’ Terrorist Safe Haven   By Matthew Levitt   BRUSSELS—The office of the mayor of Molenbeek municipality sits alongside a picturesque, typically European cobblestone square. Across the square, within plain view of the…



The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.   The Atlantic: The Obama Doctrine   By Jeffrey Goldberg   Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered…



On Methane

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

Methane leakage from natural gas is having a previously unrecorded impact on our warming planet. The drumbeat on methane and natural gas is getting louder. Read this article penned by Bill McKibben today in The Nation to learn more.



On the Clean Power Plan

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, the largest single source of carbon pollution. The plan is a national strategy and ruling put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency with flexibility to support emissions reductions in each state, according to its individual energy mix. Recently, the Supreme Court of…



On the Paris Agreement

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

In December 2015, the US led the negotiations for international greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was the result of the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This historic agreement is a critical moment in our global potential to combat climate change. Read…



On the Green Climate Fund

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  • Posted on April 7, 2016

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a top priority for Jewish environmental advocacy. The fund helps developing and vulnerable countries address the challenges and negative impacts of climate change like flooding, sea level rise, drought, and decreased crop production. More than 30 countries have pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. Last…