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US, Russia trade warnings on Ukraine; Russia told it has 'days, not weeks' to abide by accord

KIEV, Ukraine Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.

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Haifa University Opens Course to Promote Jewish State

Haifa University has launched the first academic course aimed specifically at fighting the so-called delegitimisation of Israel on the internet.

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Mozillas Brendan Eich and gay marriage: Intolerance over tolerance?

Shortly after being named head of Mozilla, Brendan Eich was pressured to resign over his earlier support of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage.

The resignation of tech wizard Brendan Eich as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation after only 15 days on the job has roiled Silicon Valley, reverberating across a country struggling over the fine line between privacy rights and free speech, especially when it comes to gay rights.

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Mr. Eichs $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 campaign the anti-gay marriage referendum that passed in California in 2008 and which was overturned by courts last year prompted backlash among some of Mozillas software developers, whose agitation became an Internet groundswell that led to Eichs resignation Thursday. Eich has not been accused of discriminating against any employee, and he has not apologized nor suggested that he no longer opposed gay marriage.

“Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader, he wrote in a statement.

The resignation was greeted with cheers among many in the gay community and beyond, some of whom had threatened to stop using Mozillas ubiquitous Firefox browser if Eich didnt step down.

But others are drawing a different lesson from what happened to Eich, likening the events to a scorched earth policy thats antithetical to a society where tolerance for opposing viewpoints is a mainstay of the Constitution.

This is troubling because ones politics is ones own business, Charles Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, told Bloomberg News. Thats been the rule in American business for a very long time.

To be sure, those behind the movement to oust Eich believe that a Silicon Valley company in America shouldnt accept those who believe in discrimination. Some say opposition to same-sex marriage is akin to fighting against interracial marriage, and can no longer be socially accepted.

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Shortly after being named head of Mozilla, Brendan Eich was pressured to resign over his earlier support of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage.

The resignation of tech wizard Brendan Eich as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation after only 15 days on the job has roiled Silicon Valley, reverberating across a country struggling over the fine line between privacy rights and free speech, especially when it comes to gay rights.

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Mr. Eichs $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 campaign the anti-gay marriage referendum that passed in California in 2008 and which was overturned by courts last year prompted backlash among some of Mozillas software developers, whose agitation became an Internet groundswell that led to Eichs resignation Thursday. Eich has not been accused of discriminating against any employee, and he has not apologized nor suggested that he no longer opposed gay marriage.

“Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader, he wrote in a statement.

The resignation was greeted with cheers among many in the gay community and beyond, some of whom had threatened to stop using Mozillas ubiquitous Firefox browser if Eich didnt step down.

But others are drawing a different lesson from what happened to Eich, likening the events to a scorched earth policy thats antithetical to a society where tolerance for opposing viewpoints is a mainstay of the Constitution.

This is troubling because ones politics is ones own business, Charles Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, told Bloomberg News. Thats been the rule in American business for a very long time.

To be sure, those behind the movement to oust Eich believe that a Silicon Valley company in America shouldnt accept those who believe in discrimination. Some say opposition to same-sex marriage is akin to fighting against interracial marriage, and can no longer be socially accepted.

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Mozilla CEO Resignation Over Gay Marriage Stance Raises Free-Speech Issues

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) The resignation of Mozillas CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valleys strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the regions foundation.

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down Thursday as CEO, just days after his appointment. He left the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser after furious attacks, largely on Twitter, over his $1,000 contribution to support of a now-overturned 2008 gay-marriage ban in California.

There was no interest in creating an Internet lynch mob, OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagun, whose dating service site was among those engaged in online protest, said Friday. I am opposed to that with very bone in my body.

But Eichs abrupt departure has stirred the debate over the fairness of forcing out a highly qualified technology executive over his personal views and a single campaign contribution six years ago. And it raises questions about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views.

Some are also questioning whether the episode undercuts the well-groomed image of Silicon Valley as a marketplace of ideas and diversity of thought, and whether, in this case, the tech world surrendered to political correctness enforced through a public shaming on social media.

OkCupid never demanded Eich resign, and after discussing the issue with Mozilla, Yagun ended the call for a Firefox boycott Wednesday afternoon.

In retrospect, however, Yagun said he wished he had framed the Firefox boycott in a slightly different light.

I would have loved to have engaged in a debate over what happens when freedoms collide, Yagun said. We have freedom of speech, which I would defend to the end. And we have what I believe is a fundamental liberty of people to marry and love whoever they want. We took a stand that matters to us personally and as a business and I think the world will be a better place because of it.

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This undated photo provided by Mozilla shows co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich. Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. At issue was Eich’s $1,000 donation in 2008 to the campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages. (AP Photo/Mozilla)The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down Thursday as CEO, just days after his appointment. He left the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser after furious attacks, largely on Twitter, over his $1,000 contribution to support of a now-overturned 2008 gay-marriage ban in California.

“There was no interest in creating an Internet lynch mob,” OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagun, whose dating service site was among those engaged in online protest, said Friday. “I am opposed to that with very bone in my body.”

But Eich’s abrupt departure has stirred the debate over the fairness of forcing out a highly qualified technology executive over his personal views and a single campaign contribution six years ago. And it raises questions about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views.

Some are also questioning whether the episode undercuts the well-groomed image of Silicon Valley as a marketplace of ideas and diversity of thought, and whether, in this case, the tech world surrendered to political correctness enforced through a public shaming on social media.

OkCupid never demanded Eich resign, and after discussing the issue with Mozilla, Yagun ended the call for a Firefox boycott Wednesday afternoon.

In retrospect, however, Yagun said he wished he had framed the Firefox boycott in a slightly different light.

“I would have loved to have engaged in a debate over what happens when freedoms collide,” Yagun said. “We have freedom of speech, which I would defend to the end. And we have what I believe is a fundamental liberty of people to marry and love whoever they want. We took a stand that matters to us personally and as a business and I think the world will be a better place because of it.”

While a handful of workers at top tech firms including Apple, Yahoo and Google supported the gay-marriage ban, the vast majority gave money to oppose it.

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Mozilla CEO: Gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox cause (Q&A)

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Brendan Eich knew there would be challenges taking over as Mozilla chief executive — competing with Chrome, rebuilding the Web as a foundation for apps, finding a mobile foothold for Firefox OS.

What he didn’t expect was that a political issue would push aside those technology concerns. Eich’s donation of $1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort to ban gay marriage in California, made in 2008 and uncovered through public records in 2012, became a rallying point for a large and vocal group that has fought for years for those marriage rights. More than 70,000 people have signed a petition asking for Eich to resign if he can’t unequivocally say he supports marriage equality.

Now, in his first interview on the subject, Eich is responding with a message that Mozilla is at its core inclusive — not just of gay-marriage supporters but also of people like him or gay-marriage opponents in Indonesia who also are part of the Mozilla cause. Those beliefs must be checked at the door on the way into Mozilla, he argues.

“If Mozilla cannot continue to operate according to its principles of inclusiveness, where you can work on the mission no matter what your background or other beliefs, I think we’ll probably fail,” he told CNET.

Mozilla is accustomed to leveraging the Firefox browser to pursue its philosophical fight to keep Internet technology open and under the control of its users. In a reversal, Firefox has become a point of leverage in a very different fight for gay-marriage rights.

Hampton Catlin — CEO of app developer Rarebit, the company he and his husband, Michael Lintorn Catlin, co-founded — publicly announced Rarebit is boycotting Firefox OS. Dating site OKCupid told Firefox users to switch to a different browser. Blog posts about inclusiveness at Mozilla from Eich, Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, and Mozilla itself didn’t quell the controversy.

Though Eich refuses to discuss his own beliefs explicitly or say whether they’ve changed, he disagreed with the assertion that being opposed to gay-marriage rights is equivalent to being sexist or racist, and he said political and religious speech is still protected.

Eich is the inventor of JavaScript, the co-founder of Mozilla, and before his CEO appointment last week was the nonprofit organization’s chief technology officer. He talked Tuesday with CNET’s Stephen Shankland, and the following is a transcript of the interview.

Shankland: Is a political firestorm about gay-marriage rights how you expected to start your new career as a CEO? Eich: It’s not what I expected. I had lots of other things to work on. I’m doing two jobs, which is challenging, but I expect it’ll get better.

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Divorce rate soars for Palestinian newly-weds

Ramallah: Newly-wed Palestinians now make up more than 70 per cent of couples getting divorced and this has motivated authorities in the West Bank to consider extended training courses for young couples intending to sign marriage contracts.

The phenomenal divorce rate among newlywed couples is a serious problem that should be immediately addressed in Palestine, said Shaikh Mohammad Abu Al Rub, the Mufti of Jenin.

More than 24,000 marriage contracts were registered in West Bank-based Sharia courts during 2013. During the same period, more than 5,000 divorce cases were registered, producing a West Bank divorce rate that exceeded 20 per cent.

The high percentage of divorce rates among newlywed couples is extremely worrisome and can easily be attributed to the anxiety of families to promptly conduct marriage procedures and sign marriage contracts, said Shaikh Yousuf Edais, who heads the Palestinian Higher Sharia Judicial Council in the West Bank.

Of particular concern are young couples. Divorce dramatically affects young couples given that until the divorce they were still young and just starting their lives.

Young couples should be trained that marriage is not all about the physical relationship and intending spouses should be introduced to the significance of marriage in religious terms, Shaikh Abu Al Rub told Gulf News.

Many religious figures in the West Bank, including Al Rub and Edais, agreed that social media platforms have been a key reason for the increasing number of divorce cases in Palestine.

Leaders are concerned that young men and women are addicted to the internet and social media.

Rawda Baseer, who heads the Womens Studies Centre, said that the only way out of this divorce problem is to delay the signing of the marriage contract in order to allow partners to reflect on their choice.

The couples and their families should get closer and learn more about each other before the signing takes place, she said. Palestinian families should be more open-minded in relation to certain social themes.

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