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“In light of Donna’s brief time as a Canadian in “Dead Irish Writers,” we’re honored to be joined this week by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The PM discusses political idealism – both on- and off-screen – and gives us his thoughts on what The West Wing got right, his father’s tenure as Prime Minister, how he feels about President Bartlet, and more. Plus, Josh and Hrishi talk about the parallels between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and The Troubles, and the value of overcoming your fear of public failure.”

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Gaza is Burning

Leah Solomon, The Times of Israel
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It is unbearably, oppressively hot here in Jerusalem, as it has been for weeks. And there is no end in sight: the forecast calls for highs of 90-95 F every day for the foreseeable future. It makes me cranky, frustrated, and exhausted. I am far more impatient than usual, quicker to snap at my kids, more easily provoked.

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Why It Matters

Council on Foreign Relations
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A growing body of research suggests that standard peace and security processes routinely overlook a critical strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability: the inclusion of women.

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Yom Yerushalayim: The messiah’s donkey and its dung

Ethan Tucker, The Times of Israel
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For the 50th time, we are marking the 28th of Iyyar as Yom Herut Yerushalayim, the day when the Old City of Jerusalem, the eastern parts of the city and all of the territory of Yehudah, Shomron, the Golan Heights (and Gaza and Sinai) came under Israeli control.

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Conflict Transformation

John Paul Lederach, Beyond Intractability
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I have been using the phrase “conflict transformation” since the late 1980s. I remember that timeframe because it came on the heels of intensive experience in Central America. When I arrived there my teaching vocabulary was filled with the terminology of conflict resolution and management. But I soon found that many of my Latin colleagues had questions, concerns, even suspicions about what such concepts meant.

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