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January 28, 2011

In this issue we are highlighting the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • The US and the rest of the world are watching the unrest in Egypt and the Middle East.
  • US strongly opposes a Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council declaring Israeli settlements illegal.
  • According to H.R. 3, the newly proposed "No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act," rape is only rape if it involves force.
  • Senator John Kerry is co-sponsoring a bill to ban the sale of high-capacity gun clips and close some gun-show loop holes.


Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current events, op-eds, reproductive rights information, sort fact from fiction in your inbox about Israel, and Presidential Ponderings - Gail's thoughts and observations.
egyptusU.S.: Egypt of 'deep concern'
Events in Egypt are of "deep concern," the Obama administration said, and its government should show restraint.

Mideast Unrest Challenges U.S.
The Obama administration intensified diplomatic pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to initiate wide-ranging political overhauls, an indication the U.S. is trying to re-channel the spreading anger in the region.

Israel watches Arab turmoil closely, but comments cautiously

Israel has been closely watching the unrest roiling its Arab neighbors while keeping a low profile, with top government officials responding cautiously to what one described as "an earthquake" in the region.

Warily Eyeing Egypt, Israelis Feel Like Spectators
After the Tunisian revolution and the emergence of a Hezbollah-backed government in Lebanon, Israelis are confronting another jolt to the system as mass protests rock Egypt, the partner in Israel's oldest and most important Middle East relationship.

U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call to halt Israel aid
U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slammed on Thursday comments made by newly elected Republican Senator and Tea Party representative Rand Paul who suggested that the United States should halt all foreign aid including its financial aid to Israel.

UNresolutionClinton: US opposes Palestinian UN resolution

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly opposed efforts made by the Palestinian Authority to submit a resolution to UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlements, AFP reported Thursday.

Word of Palestinian concession in 2008 Roils Mideast Debate
Despite longstanding protests against the construction of Jewish developments in contested areas, Palestinian negotiators agreed to cede large tracts of Jerusalem to Israel during peace negotiations in recent years, according to a set of documents Al Jazeera says it has obtained.

Iran Changes the Balance of Power in Lebanon
What is striking about the current crisis in Lebanon is that the efforts to resolve it are being made by countries in the region, with hardly any initiatives on the part of Western countries, enabling Iran and Syria to continue to stir the pot unmolested.

Israeli Panel Rules Flotilla Raid Legal
An Israeli commission that examined the deadly raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza last May concluded Sunday that Israel had acted in accordance with international law when its military enforced its naval blockade by intercepting the ships in international waters.
Reproductive Rights
rapeThe House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape
Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.

Racist Anti-Abortion Campaign Comes to Austin
The Majella Society, d/b/a Heroic Media, is Austin's own do-nothing anti-abortion propaganda provider and they're back in force with this new, racist billboard on I-35 south at 8th street near downtown.

Religious Group Demands Taxpayer Funding of Abortions
With the health care bill repeal battle now on its way to the U.S. Senate, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) has vowed to use its influence to ensure abortions be funded with taxpayer dollars through upcoming state insurance exchanges.
voucherBoehner backs revived school voucher plan
New House Speaker John A. Boehner formally endorsed a bill Wednesday to revive and expand the school voucher program for the District of Columbia, calling it "a model for similar programs throughout our country."

Vouchers, DC public education reform hype
Two of the biggest public education stories hyped and misreported about public education in the District of Columbia are former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was or is a successful education leader and the D.C. Scholarship Opportunity Program (DCSOP) was a success.
State Of The Union 2011: Speech, Reaction & Commentary

Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: "We will move forward together or not at all."

kerryKerry signs on to gun legislation
In the aftermath of the Arizona shooting rampage, Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that he was cosponsoring legislation that would ban the possession or sale of high-capacity magazines, and close what he called a loophole that allows criminals to buy weapons at gun shows without a background check.

Water, water everywhere and every drop to drink
An Israeli company's water purification systems deliver safe drinking water from almost any source, including contaminated water, seawater and urine.
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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Executive Research Director