Category Archive for: What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Israel’s Coalition Government

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What you need to know: Israel’s Coalition Government “I know what you’re thinking about,” said Tweedledum; “but it isn’t so, nohow.” “Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” From Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll…



What You Need To Know: UC Board of Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance

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What You Need To Know: UC Board of Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance In response to concerns that anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise at its constituent campuses, the University of California Board of Regents recently approved a Statement of Principles affirming that “Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place…



What You Need To Know: The Iran Sanctions Act

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What You Need To Know: The Iran Sanctions Act Now that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program has been implemented, the United States government must grapple with two interrelated issues: assuring that Iran does not violate any part of the agreement and responding to dangerous actions by Iran that are…



What You Need To Know: The Paris Agreement

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What You Need To Know: The Paris Agreement  Background: The Paris Agreement is… A plan for the reduction of greenhouse gases by the international community in order to limit global temperature rise and the impacts of climate change around the world. This Friday, April 22, in New York City at the United Nations, 60 world…



(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act This What You Need To Know (WYNTK) is only an overview of a very complex piece of legislation aiming to reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders. This edition will focus on the Senate’s version of bill, S.2123 that spurred a national conversation…



What You Need To Know: The Green Climate Fund

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What You Need To Know: The Green Climate Fund Background on the Green Climate Fund The Green Climate Fund is… The Green Climate Fund (abbreviated as “GCF”) is an international resource pool for adaptation to a changing climate and mitigation of climate disruption’s root causes in developing countries.  In the United States, we are already…



What You Need To Know: Iran Ballistic Missile Tests

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What You Need To Know: Iran Ballistic Missile Tests The Issue On March 8 and 9 in 2016, Iran conducted several ballistic missile tests. The range of the missiles fired was between 185 and 1250 miles.  Two of the missiles, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency, were marked in Hebrew with the words “Israel…



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

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(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: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

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What You Need To Know: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 Yesterday, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, legislation which includes important anti-BDS provisions. The bill was adopted with broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate by margins of 256 to 158 and 70 to 25…



What You Need To Know: Iran elections

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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…