Archive for the 'Travel' Category

A Plan to Address Birth Tourism

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

By Malcolm Pearl,

Malcolm Pearl is a pseudonym for a Foreign Service officer who has served abroad as a consular officer.


One aspect of the debate over immigration concerns how to curb the number of children born to temporary or illegal alien residents in the United States who then become U.S. citizens, based on the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S Constitution. Trying to pass legislation that changes birthright citizenship rules likely will face several legal and political challenges. A smaller step that can go long way in reducing the problems associated with this practice, and one fraught with fewer potential land mines, is to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to detect, deter, and penalize foreigners who come to the United States on tourist or other temporary visas for the purpose of giving birth and returning home. Presently there is no prohibition, nor concerted U.S. government effort to stop, individuals from taking advantage of our liberal citizenship policies in order to make their children instant U.S. citizens.


Is Gaza a resort or ‘concentration camp?’ Looks like a resort (watch the video)

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

“Travel Quiz. Where is this mystery destination?”

Pamela Levene is a wonderful tour guide and has produced this original and interesting video on a mystery place. You will be surprised where this place is located.


Niqab Security Outrages at Canadian Airports

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

by Daniel Pipes*

I visited Toronto in early March 2010 and as I left the country I passed through the usual security check at Pearson International Airport. What made it different is that the next passengers after me in line were a man, a small child, and a person in niqab. (I write “person” rather than “woman” as I hardly know who was under the niqab outfit.)

Curious how the niqabi’s hidden identity would be handled, I looked back as the trio was dealing with the security agent. To my astonishment, the agent did not demand to see the niqabi’s face but was content to see those of the man and child. I wanted dearly to video this procedure on my mobile phone but dared not, thinking that this could well get me hauled in on some charge that I, ironically, was breaching security.


The Terrorism Quiz

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

Who, really, is behind the epidemic of global terrorism against civilians? Whom should airport security personnel view carefully — respectfully — but very, very carefully?

A friend just sent me the following “laugh until you cry” quiz. One hopes that the folks screening us at airports are given this quiz and are guided accordingly. Perhaps passengers should carry it with them; as they say: “Don’t leave home without it.”

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, young Israeli athletes were kidnapped and massacred by: Continue reading…


Jerusalem: Footsteps Through Time: Ten Torah Study Tours of the Old City [Book Review]

Friday, June 12th, 2009

By Ahron Horovitz
Reviewed by Fern Sidman

For those who will be traveling to Israel for the first time, and even for veteran tourists, there is no doubt that the holy city of Jerusalem, in all its resplendent majesty, continues to be a focal point of any journey. Jerusalem is known as “the center of the world” and as such is steeped in thousands of years of rich and vibrant religious history. Because each tourist desires a visit that is rife with powerful personal meaning along with a lifetime of vivid memories, then Ahron Horowitz’s new book entitled, “Jerusalem: Footsteps Through Time: Ten Torah Study Tours of the Old City” (Feldheim Publishers) is simply indispensable.


Québec City Celebrates 400th Anniversary [Photo Gallery]

Friday, September 5th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Calling Quebec City “picturesque” is an understatement. The center of French culture in the Western Hemisphere, it is perched above the mighty St. Lawrence seaway. Outdoor activities like whale-watching, cross-country skiing, biking, and roller-blading are the norm. Arts and artists abound, from opera to street musicians, to galleries, to art museums. First-class restaurants cater to almost any palate. Since 1608, the Quebecois have tenaciously preserved their beautiful culture and are celebrating their capital city’s 400th anniversary.

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Vieux-Port of Quebec City (old port). Photo (c) 2008 microIT Infrastructure, LLC.

In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near present-day Quebec City. Another French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, officially founded the city in 1608. Through various trials and tribulations, the Quebecois have preserved and enhanced French culture in North America. Quebec is home to one of the largest French populations outside France. Indeed, nearby Montreal is the largest French-speaking city outside of France. I say “French-speaking” because first and foremost, most of the people of Quebec consider themselves Quebecois, and consider Quebec their homeland — not France.

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Parliament Building (Hotel du Parlement) – Quebec City. Photo (c) 2008 microIT Infrastructure, LLC.