Though the cancelled release of Sonys The Interview, originally planned for Christmas Day, currently has the industry in an uproar, its not the first time terrorist threats have kept a film from theaters. In 1977, a group of twelve radical Hanafi Muslim terrorists orchestrated a raid in Washington D.C., taking over three separate buildings the Bnai Brith National Headquarters, National Islamic Center and D.C

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'The Interview' Isn't The First Film Pulled Because of Terror Threats

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The war-damaged streets of Gaza were under water.

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After summer war, winter exacerbates hopelessness on the Gaza Strip

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 16, 2014 From Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the team that brought you the groundbreaking “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” comes a special Community Cinema screening of Independent Lens’ “A Path Appears” by Maro Chermayeff. This new film, screened here prior to its PBS air date, follows intrepid reporters Kristof and WuDunn, and celebrity activists Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard on a journey across the country, and across the globe, to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. Through heartrending, inspiring storytelling, “A Path Appears” drives home the universality of gender inequality and the roots of vulnerability

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The Anne Frank Center USA Proudly Presents "A Path Appears"

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The spiritual challenge of centrism

Saba Soomekh held up her book, From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture, revealing the image of a child bride on the cover. It was her then-10-year-old great-grandmother on her wedding day

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Saba Soomekh discusses the hybrid identity of Iranian Jews in L.A.

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The ascetic and moralizing movements that spawned the world’s major religious traditions–Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity–all arose around the same time in three different regions, and researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 11 have now devised a statistical model based on history and human psychology that helps to explain why. The emergence of world religions, they say, was triggered by the rising standards of living in the great civilizations of Eurasia. “One implication is that world religions and secular spiritualities probably share more than we think,” says Nicolas Baumard of the Ecole Normale Suprieure in Paris.

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Affluence, not political complexity, explains rise of moralizing world religions

Hebron, West Bank Amid a sea of demure Palestinian young women in high heels, she wears jeans and Converse sneakers.

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In tense West Bank city, she secretly meets Israelis to talk peace

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Covers from the New Republic, which saw much of its editorial staff resign en masse. (The New Republic)/JTA Last weeks departure of most of the editorial team at The New Republic including Franklin Foer, Leon Wieseltier,Judith Shulevitz and Julia Ioffe didnt just blow a hole in the landscape of American journalism.

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What will New Republic exodus mean for American Jewish thought?

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NEW YORK (AP) A man with a history of mental illness slipped into the headquarters of a major Jewish organization in Brooklyn in the middle of the night and stabbed an Israeli student in the head as he was studying in the library. Then, as the screaming, bloody victim was taken away, the attacker lunged at police with his knife and was shot and killed, authorities said. Calvin Peters, 49, could be seen on amateur video waving the knife inside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights around 1:40 a.m

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No terrorism link seen in stabbing at Jewish center

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U.S. Relations With Israel Remain in Frozen Embrace Until Elections

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