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Candid Discussions: Marc Schulman of the Times of Israel on Israel and Gaza

Candid Discussions: Marc Schulman of the Times of Israel on Israel and Gaza

 
 
Marc Schulman is an app developer and contributing writer for the Times of Israel. His articles have most recently appeared in Newsweek. He is the editor of Historycentral.com and author a series of Multimedia History Apps and a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. 

He currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Schulman spoke with …

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Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Rights American and other Western women enjoy are still hopes for women throughout the world. While Western women undoubtedly still struggle for things like job and pay equality, the ability to acquire an education and work are fundamental rights that, among others, are liberties women throughout the world do not …

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Street Art: A Tool for Peace

Street Art: A Tool for Peace

A unique humanitarian effort to shed light on and offer hope to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria harnessed the power of art. From November 3-6, areas along the Syrian border became canvases for international graffiti artists. In this demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, deep in the …

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Israeli Aid to Syria

Israeli Aid to Syria

The Syrian conflict has displaced in excess of 6.5 million people over the past two years, and tragically ended the lives of more than 100,000 others. As fighting continues, the international community seems numb to reports of chemical attacks, bomb explosions, and other horrific events that unfold almost daily. However, …

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Rouhani and the Media

Rouhani and the Media

Article VI of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution “mandates popular elections for president and parliament.” Four years after the controversial presidential election that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power, the Iranian people have elected a new leader. On June 13, Hassan Rouhani won more than 50 percent of 36.7 million …

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Selling Organs in Iran

Selling Organs in Iran

Iran’s legal system is consistently under scrutiny from outsiders who view many of the Islamic Republic’s laws restrictive and unnecessary. With its extensive censorship, women’s rights and security issues, Iran’s liberal stance on other controversial matters is thought provoking. Iran is the only country in the world where it is …

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Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace

In Israel, Yom Hazikaron, the country’s Day of Remembrance, commemorates the lives of fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. At eleven in the morning a siren sounds throughout the country. For two minutes life stands still as people stop to remember those who died as a result of violent acts. …

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Iran and the Sanctions Dilemma

Iran and the Sanctions Dilemma

On August 6, 1945, President Truman announced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
He said:
It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East. Before …

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Argo Controversy

Argo Controversy

 
From heading to the theater to see the newest release to watching Academy Awards that honor the year’s best pictures, many Americans enjoy the multifaceted components of the movie industry. For approximately two hours, people have the opportunity to experience fantasy worlds, the lives of fictitious characters overcoming obstacles, and …

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The Defense Secretary and Iran: Hagel Who?

The Defense Secretary and Iran: Hagel Who?

A controversial nomination, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel was sworn in as Secretary of Defense on February 27, 2013. Prior to assuming office, questions regarding the Republican’s perspectives and policy prescriptions for critical Middle Eastern issues were paramount in opposition’s hesitation for Mr. Hagel to join President Obama’s administration. While …

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Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb

Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb

Foreign Policy Association’s 2013 “Great Decisions in Foreign Policy” on PBS, a series of half hour documentaries providing background information for and evaluation of leading contemporary issues, airs this March. The forthcoming series includes a segment on Iran’s controversial nuclear ambitions. “Red Line: Iran, Israel, and …

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Freedom in Iran

Freedom in Iran

Freedom: “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”
Freedom of information!
Freedom of speech!
Freedom to assemble!
Freedoms Western democracies’ citizens enjoy are distant dreams for many people worldwide. Desired freedoms are continuously fought for but often denied. Unfortunately, Iran is among the countries continuously …

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Social Media in Iran

Social Media in Iran

Whereas ancient philosophers pondered if a falling tree makes a sound if no one is around to hear it, technological advances in the past decade have raised a similar question: If something occurs and it is not posted on Facebook, Twitter, or somewhere else in cyberspace, did it actually happen?
The …

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A Year In Review: New Year. Nuclear Iran?

A Year In Review: New Year. Nuclear Iran?

On March 5, 1957, under the Atoms for Peace Program, Iran started its nuclear program with the United States’ assistance. Initiated during the Eisenhower administration and reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the relationship aided Iran’s quest for peaceful atomic energy.  In 1968, Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation …

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Nuclear Weapons and State Sovereignty

Nuclear Weapons and State Sovereignty

The Set-Up
Overflowing with distrust, deception, and ulterior motives, America and Iran’s tumultuous saga has the makings of a made-for-TV, B-rated movie. The twists, turns, and over-the-top drama are a guilty pleasure for movie viewers just as news junkies cannot get enough of the endless dramatics between the United States and …

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About the Author

Allison Kushner
Allison Kushner

Allison Kushner received three undergraduate degrees from Boston University and a Master's degree in Middle Eastern Security and Diplomacy Studies from Tel Aviv University. She has spent time living and traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and China. A former political speechwriter, Allison has taught college level Political Science and International Relations in the U.S. and China. She continues to be engaged in public speaking activities at home and abroad.

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