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Shayna Zamkanei

PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

Shayna Zamkanei is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Chicago and has worked for think tanks in North America and the Middle East.
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Mayor Rob Ford: An International Primer

In the past 24 hours, the mainstream international media outlets -- BBC, NPR, CNN, to name a few -- have been running the story of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's confession of crack-cocaine use. But for those who do not follow Canadian (let alone Torontonian) politics, allow me to offer a primer.
11/06/2013 12:39 EST
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Give Me Kosher Meat Over "Pink Slime" Any Day

The Quebec and French governments have recently attacked Jewish and Muslim slaughter practices, deeming them to be an affront to "secular" values. Notwithstanding that these slaughter practices are less inhumane than those that occur in enormous slaughterhouses, the meat is healthier, too: Kosher meat can't come from a sick or diseased animal.
04/09/2012 12:02 EDT
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What Next for Israel's Orthodox Women -- the Burka?

Earlier this week, Orthodox male suspects who attacked an Israeli women for dressing "immodestly" were released. The aggressors argue that women's modesty must be preserved in public. Clearly, this form of misogyny is a problem that extends beyond manners of dress.
01/26/2012 05:02 EST