National Post | Full Comment

Re: The Baby From Auschwitz, Aug. 25.
The Holocaust survivor who shared her story with us is doing us all a great service. It allows us to learn about how the human condition, and just how low people can sink. If we learn about it, there is less chance of it happening again. This woman is incredible. She is just as beautiful now as she was then — her face portrays both strength and endurance.
E. Brummel, New York, N.Y.


Tears filled my eyes before I could finish reading the story about the woman who gave birth in a Nazi death camp. My grandmother was murdered in Auschwitz and my mother came to Canada as an orphan in 1947.

As I sit in the comfort of my bright, sunny kitchen, surrounded by my beautiful and lively children, I add this story to all of those stories I know that…

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National Post | News

A three-year-old deaf boy named Hunter has been told by his school to change the way he signs his name because his hand gestures may look like guns, his family claims.

The parents of Hunter Spanjer say they are fighting the decision by the school district in Grand Island, about three hours west of Omaha, Neb.

“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” his grandmother, Janet Logue, told local station KOLN.

The boy’s father, Brian Spanjer, told The Huffington Post on Tuesday: “I feel like it was an overreach on their part, and I expected a lot better from the local school district.”

He also posted a letter on Facebookthat the American Civil Liberties Union sent to the district “politely” asking it to reconsider its policy.

According to the news report, Hunter signs his name by crossing his…

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National Post | Full Comment

It’s widely reported that there are divisions between Israel’s political leadership and its defence and intelligence establishment over the possibility of having Israel knock out Iran’s nuclear program in a unilateral military move, seeking no approval from anyone, just as Israel knocked out Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981.

Considering the havoc a non-nuclear Saddam caused 10 years later, it’s easy to imagine the nightmare a nuclear Saddam would have been. Israel’s attack certainly achieved what it was designed to achieve.

The buzz on the Rialto has long been that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak are promoting the unilateral-attack option, while many cabinet colleagues, top spooks and military brass are content to just have it on the table. Lately, the split has been depicted in sharper terms. “The extent of Netanyahu’s and Barak’s isolation is little understood,” wrote J. J. Goldberg on The Daily Beast website…

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Miriam Rosenthal was four-months pregnant, starving, bone-tired, cold, filthy and afraid when an SS officer in big black boots and a crisp uniform appeared before the barracks in Auschwitz with a loudspeaker in hand.

All pregnant women line up, he barked. Line up, line up — your food portions are being doubled.

“Can you imagine?” Miriam asks. “Even women who were not pregnant stepped forward. I was standing with my younger cousin, but I wouldn’t go. She says, ‘Miriam, what are you doing?’ ”

“Something was holding me back. Someone was watching over me. I feel maybe my mother, maybe God. Two hundred women stepped forward and 200 women went to the gas chamber. And I don’t know why I didn’t step forward.

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“I have asked rabbis. I have asked some big people and no one can give me an answer. If you believe in God, then God…

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Financial Post | Opinion

Young activist’s blue campaign is all wet

Thirteen-year-old Robyn Hamlyn was in Meaford, Ont., last week, explaining water policy to a rapt city council. Inspired by the Maude Barlow documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars, Hamlyn has spent the last year travelling around Ontario lobbying city councils to become blue. “Help me save our water. I can’t do it without you,” Hamlyn has pleaded to various mayors and councils. So far, she has won the support of Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and four other Ontario municipalities, and doesn’t plan to stop until every community in the province is blue.

Blue Communities, conceived by the Council of Canadians (COC) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) along with activist Barlow, aims to protect Canada’s fresh water. To become a blue community, a municipality must ban the sale of plastic water bottles from public facilities and municipal events, must have a…

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National Post | Full Comment

A nuclear-armed Iran wouldn’t need to bomb Israel to destroy its economy

You’re the CEO of IBM or Intel or Siemens or Nestlé or any one of the 500 other Western companies that have opened up operations in Israel, home to the developed world’s fastest-growing economy.

What do you do should Iran get the bomb? Do you continue to invest in Israel, on the hope that Iran doesn’t make good on its promise to wipe it off the map? And even if, from the safety of your head office in Europe or North America, you do decide that Israel’s business environment justifies the risk of continued investments, would your top executives agree to stay in or relocate to Israel, knowing that they would be putting their families at risk of perishing in the same mushroom cloud that could snuff out the tiny country?

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Financial Post | Opinion

Western companies that do business in Israel must weigh the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran

You’re the CEO of IBM or Intel or Siemens or Nestlé or any one of the 500 other Western companies that have opened up operations in Israel, home to the developed world’s fastest-growing economy.

What do you do should Iran get the bomb? Do you continue to invest in Israel, on the hope that Iran doesn’t make good on its promise to wipe it off the map? And even if, from the safety of your head office in Europe or North America, you do decide that Israel’s business environment justifies the risk of continued investments, would your top executives agree to stay in or relocate to Israel, knowing that they would be putting their families at risk of perishing in the same mushroom cloud that could snuff out the tiny country?

This calculation is today…

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The Happy App Virus
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Rooters – HUMAN HAPPY APP VIRUS SPREADS GLOBALLY!

            The malicious Human Happy App Virus (HAHAV1) has been spreading around the world at unprecedented rates. A spokesperson for WHOO?, the World Health Organized Organization, appealed for calm amid the growing pandemic…

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