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Theory vs. the Jews: Michael Weingrad on Bruno Chaouat.
https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/2781/perish-the-thought/
My friend Michael Weingrad reviews Bruno Chaouat’s book on postmodern, academic anti-Semitism.
'The answer to the book’s title is straightforward: No, Theory is not good for the Jews (or, for that matter, anyone who cares about intellectual and moral clarity). And, yes, there are probably better ways to spend one’s life than marinating in postmodernism’s silly conceits and tin-eared jargon. And yet, if Chaouat hesitates to draw such un-ambiguous conclusions he has nevertheless performed a service here by chronicling a range of Theory’s recent intellectual and moral failures and how they continue to revolve around Jews, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel. This is worth knowing about since, to adapt Trotsky’s warning, Jews may not be interested in Theory, but Theory is very interested in Jews. ...'

Africa / India / Israel: Devsena Mishra in JPost.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/India-Israel-and-the-possibilities-of-collaboration-in-Africa-504635#_=_
'... Africa is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Africa has 60% of the world’s arable land reserves. The combination of Israeli innovation/conceptual abilities and India’s “collective effort, inclusive growth” approach can provide the right direction to sustainable development efforts in Africa. Clean and renewable energy, healthcare, agriculture and rural development, vocational/technical education, and entrepreneurship promotion are some of the key areas where India and Israel need to collaborate for a better future for Africa.'

Masoud Barzani on Kurdish Independence Referendum: Rudaw
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/1809201712
'Amid numerous calls to postpone next week’s independence referendum and focus on discussions with Baghdad, President Masoud Barzani told a visiting British minister that they will not postpone the referendum without commitment from Baghdad to begin independence negotiations, with international guarantees that agreements will be enforced. ... “[T]he referendum will not be delayed only for the sake of holding talks with Baghdad without knowing the content of these talks or knowing what international guarantees they will have,” the Kurdish statement read.'
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Via my friend Yehudah Kimani.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-build-synagogue-in-kenya

'Kehillat kasuku was founded 18 years ago,and offcourse we are happy to stay forever.Am Yehudah Ben Yosaiv ,community Leader and educator.
Our community is in central part ,in kenya highlands around mt kenya region.this is a 2-3 hours drive from Nairobi city.We are 20 families here,more story at http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-isolated-jews-of-rural-kenya-starting-from-aleph-with-a-lulav-and-etrog/
Our mission is to create an accessible spritual home,where all jews,regardless of affiliation or background,are warmly embraced and welcomed into our community. In this 18 years we have been praying together,study,socilize and dine together as families of Israel.We are the only shomer Shabbat Synagogue in our area and such play a vital role.We are proud jews and have taken a lead to bring peace and unity in our village that is of many differnt faith.
In the previous years,our small community have grown and expanded.And in all the growing numbers it rely on this community to have a beautiful shabbat experince together.After a long while having our temporaly tent like synagogue.we found it was worthy build a permanent Shul that will shelter us from cold,wind,hot sun,and heavy rain that floods in our synagogue and for our growing children.Is very unfortunate sometimes in all this weathers we fail to do the services due to harsh condition of either. ...'

Full article, with photos, at the link.
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201705070001.html

'Nigerian authorities have said 82 Chibok schoolgirls have been released into military custody in the north of the country.

The girls have received medical attention and are to be flown to Abuja to meet the president.'

The girls, formerly held by Boko Haram, were released in a prisoner swap. "A handful of other girls have either escaped or been rescued, but 113 still remained unaccounted for following Saturday's release."
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Video feature (about 1 hr) on the Abayudaya, including interviews with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and with the sons of Semei Kakungulu.

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