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The Fight to Free American Journalist Danny Fenster Continues

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend at home, in Michigan’s 9th District, where he has served as its congressional representative for three years.  But between quality time with his family and their dogs, Levin made time to advocate for the life and freedom of Danny Fenster, a journalist and Michigander who is currently being held captive in Myanmar. “Here we are celebrating our independence day, July 4,” said Representative Levin during an interview with Moment. “What's the meaning of it? There's no idea of our country as a free country without a free press.” Fenster, 37, is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, a magazine covering news, politics and business in Myanmar. He was taken into custody at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar on May 24 while on his way to visit...

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The Shalit Conundrum . . . Or Opportunity

By Leigh Nusbaum When Gilad Shalit was kidnapped more than five years ago, I was almost 17 years old and en route to Israel for the first time. I still remember how the situation deteriorated even further that summer. Now he is free, at home in a country and a world far different than five years before. Personally, I am thrilled that Shalit is coming home alive and at least somewhat well. I also realize that the cost at which he was freed presents both problems and opportunities for Israel and the Palestinians. As for conundrums, Israel has come into conflict with some of its own core values with Shalit’s release. Israel, as well as the IDF, is known for two tenets. One, they never leave a soldier behind. In fact, soldiers in training have to perform the...

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