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Here is the news: Africa hurts

By Paul Anticoni, August 1, 2011

Summer is generally a quiet time for the media. Parliament is in recess, many journalists (and readers) are on holiday, and the frivolous stories deemed to be newsworthy have led to the summer being known as "silly season".

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Now I get how they knew it all

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, August 1, 2011

When I first joined the cast of a well known soap opera, one of the first things that happened, before the ink had dried on the contract, was a long and serious briefing by the press office. This two hour session was to prep me for the life changing experience ahead.

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Anniversary that affects us

By Edie Friedman, August 1, 2011

Sixty years ago this week, the nations of the world enshrined in international law the right of those persecuted in their homeland to seek safety in another country. The Second World War left an estimated 30 million people uprooted.

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Israel is right to crack down on all boycotts

By Gerald M Steinberg, July 28, 2011

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has been confronted by several boycott campaigns, beginning with the Arab League's extensive embargo that still continues in many countries.

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Blogland: Here be dragons

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 25, 2011

With revelations about phone-hacking and related press scandals, there is a renewed sense that the media is out of control and in need of further regulation. This tidal wave of opinion should be properly considered by those in power. However, the mainstream press is in many ways a beacon of order and restraint when compared with dangerously feral elements of the online media.

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More to Israel than war film

By James Inverne, July 25, 2011

In an Eilat taxi a month or two ago, I saw a curious thing. A little way up, in the sandy hills by the sea, was a ghost town. I mean a ghost town in the old-fashioned sense of the phrase - a totally deserted, in fact sealed-off, Wild West-style high street, complete with what looked like a saloon where no cowboys could once pick up a two-shekel hussy.

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Losing the battle of bedtime

By Simon Round, July 25, 2011

It is eight o'clock on Sunday evening. "Right, children, it's time for bed," I announce authoritatively.

"But I need to spend quality time with you," pleads eight-year-old Lucy. "Yes," agrees six-year-old Alex. "I need to spend quality time as well… whatever that means."

I clap my hands decisively and hurry them off towards the bedroom.

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Why the left seems to mind that I'm not a Jew

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

When I took the job as political editor of the JC in 2009, I wondered if it might be an issue that I was not a Jew. A reasonable concern, you might think, given the title of the publication.

I would not have been surprised if I had encountered a certain amount of suspicion. In the event, I was met with a mixture of curiosity and generosity.

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The buttons showing love

By Nina Edwards, July 18, 2011

Working on a cultural history of buttons, I tried to discover why so many of us seem reluctant to throw away nondescript tins of the things, even when they are never likely to use them.

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Tradition, shabbat and taxis

By Venetia Thompson, July 18, 2011

'So you're walking home from the rehearsal dinner? Along these winding, pitch black Sardinian roads?'

'Yeah. It's Shabbat.'

'But what happens if you don't walk home and take a cab? Do you get punished? Can you commandeer a horse?'

'It's tradition to walk.'

'But there's no punishment if you don't?'

My boyfriend was asking awkward questions again.

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