World Christmas News Roundup 2

1.  This Christmas season, the Ten Commandments will be on display in a once-in-a-lifetime-exhibit, featuring the Dead Sea Scrolls and over 500 other never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times.

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2.  Our commercially driven society is chock full o’ pressure to be on-the-go without pause during the holiday season. When parents feel stressed, it trickles down to the children. When children feel stressed, they typically act out or melt down. Patch.com provides tips to help avoid this downward spiral.

stressed-girl-with-christmas-treeAnd how do you help an autistic child get through all the madness of the holidays?

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3.  Palestine celebrates hope this Christmas.

This Christmas will be an opportunity to show the real threat to the city of Bethlehem—the settlement enterprise and the wall that separates the city from its twin, Jerusalem,” said Ziad Bandak, an Abbas adviser on Christian affairs.

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Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev says, “We hope that the Palestinians will use the holiday season as a time to think …and that ultimately they will soon expeditiously return to peace talks.

However, the international community has repeatedly urged Israel to halt settlement construction.

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The settlements and the wall turned Bethlehem into a jail,” says Suzan Atallah, a 48-year-old teacher and mother of four. “My school can’t take the students to sacred places that they read about in Jerusalem because of the wall and the permits,” she added, referring to Israel’s stringent entry restrictions for Palestinians.

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4.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a request to the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens, asking that they remove the nativity scene from the courthouse lawn.

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Residents say there is no way that’s happening.

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5.  Despite the speed and convenience of electronic greeting cards, an overwhelming majority of young Canadians still prefer the real thing around the holidays, according to a new survey.

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The Harris/Decima poll showed that nearly 90 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 favoured receiving a physical Christmas card.

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6.  While other Occupy camps around the U.S. are getting shut down, Occupy the Gorge launched its second camp in Hood River’s Jackson Park last week for an “Occupy Hood River Winter Weekend Camp.”

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As reported by Salem News, the goal of Occupy Hood River is to further fuel the growing effort by average Americans to take back control of our government from corporations and advocate for changes that help protect local communities and families.

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World News Wednesday


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