Canada's Foreign Minister declares 'delegitimization of Israel is 'the new anti-Semitism"

Canada's FM John Baird at the 2012 Policy Conference in Herzliya
(Israel National News) Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, visitng Israel this week, stressed his country's strong support of Israel.

“Israel has no greater friend in the world than Canada,” Baird said at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial on Monday.

Speaking at the 12th annual Herzliya Conference later that evening, Baird called the delegitimization and demonization of Israel the "new anti-Semitism."

MP Baird declares to Israelis at the annual IDC Policy Conference in Herzliya:

"I can assure you, Canada will stand with you . . . Canada will stand beside you- shoulder to shoulder."


Huckabee criticizes Obama's reluctance to sanction Iran for nuclear weapons at ally, Israel's expense

Former Republican Presidential Candidate, Gov. Mike Huckabee, slams Obama's unwillingness to challenge Iran for nuclear weaponizing during his re-election cycle, at the expense of loyal U.S. ally, Israel.

A DemoCast exclusive interview filmed at the NAMM Musical Instruments Show in Anaheim, California.


Brooklyn judge sentences black Imam to life in prison for planned JFK terror plot

Ibrahim 'abandoned the true tenants of his religion' by participating in the plot, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

An Imam has been sentenced to life in prison for joining a failed plot to firebomb John F. Kennedy Airport in 2007 by blowing up jet fuel supplies with the help of a notorious al-Qaida explosives expert.

Sentenced to life: Kareem Ibrahim pictured
in 2007 leaving court in Trinidad

A federal judge in Brooklyn gave Kareem Ibrahim, the leader of the Shiite Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago, the life term on Friday after a jury found him guilty last year of conspiracy.

Three other men were charged in the plot: Co-defendants Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese Shi'ite, former JFK cargo handler who spoke of punishing the United States with an attack that would "dwarf 9/11"- and Abdel Kadir, an engineer and former member of Guyana's parliament, both were sentenced to life in prison. Abdel Nur was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

At a pair of trials, prosecutors accused the men of wanting to kill thousands of people and cripple the American economy and avenge U.S. mistreatment of Muslims worldwide by using explosives to blow up the fuel tanks and the underground pipelines that run through an adjacent Queens neighbourhood.  

Read more in the Daily Mail, 15 Jan 2012.


CEA's Gary Shapiro reinforces significance of human touch at C.E.S.; Monster exemplifies with "Gratitude" from Earth, Wind and Fire

by Scott Jacobs.

Consumer Electronics Association chief Gary Shapiro stands-up for the Consumer Electronics Show, contending that high-tech evolution still requires that personal experience. 

Writing in Forbes, Shapiro says, "Bill Gates once told me that Microsoft was made by trade shows like CES. Indeed, every large company started as a small company that needed to attract investors, partners and customers quickly and efficiently. The best place to accomplish all three? At a tradeshow. Indeed, the entire CES is run with a basic principle: that anyone with an idea should be able to present it inexpensively. Companies and careers have been made at trade shows – and our world has been changed by them as well." 

A good example of the human element at the C.E.S. are the professional gatherings, such as the annual Monster Retail Awards and Concert. The Monster event recognizes individuals and companies as best Monster retailers in specific categories, including highest achievers in growth, highest percentages of total Monster product sales, and dollars-per-store sales. 

 “Monster is proud of our record of bringing iconic performers and powerful live music to CES for our awards show,” Monster chief, Noel Lee, said in a press release.

At the 2012 CES, Monster announced a collaboration for a new line of advanced consumer electronics products inspired by the iconic band, with Earth, Wind & Fire. The first product to be released under the partnership alliance is "Gratitude™" (SRP: $229.95), specially created high-performance in-ear headphones that combine leading-edge Monster audio technologies and engineering with the music and sound expertise of the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Earth Wind and Fire performed at last year's Monster Awards, who were joined for encores by Stevie Wonder and Deniece Williams- chronicled by DemoCast in this original newsvideo.


Google Lunar X Prize of $30 mil draws 29 competing teams- including one from little Israel

Israel Aircraft Industries officially launched the Space IL Project, which is competing for the Google LunarX Prize aimed at generating interest among space explorers in safely landing an unmanned vehicle on the surface of the moon. 

Team-member, Haviv Rettig Gur, representative of the Jewish Agency, tells DemoCast that Space IL, conceived a year ago, is the brainchild of three young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub, and operates as a not-for-profit enterprise.

Aside from creating a vehicle to reach the moon, the team’s main purpose is to encourage and advance scientific education. IAI Chairman Dov Baharav characterized Space IL as an outstanding example of new initiatives with extraordinary challenges. The IAI as a leader in Israel’s space industry is proud to be part of the project he said, and is eager to strengthen education in space technology.
Prizes totaling $30 million will be distributed to those teams whose vehicles travel at least 500 meters along the surface of the moon and transmit images and data back to earth. Israel is among 29 competing teams. Find out more at Space IL's website. (Story by Scott Jacobs. Greer Fay Cashman also contributed to this report).


Old and new media re-shape messages through emerging platforms- Digital Hollywood at Consumer Electronics Show

At this Digital Hollywood panel discussion at CES 2011, traditional media execs, like Jane Olson, Oxygen Network's Sr VP Marketing, compete with new-media execs, like Adobe's Jennifer Cooper and Microsoft's Eric Day, and journalists to address how competing industry segments are distributing video on new platforms to better reach audiences.

Technology company, Live Editions' "LEAP" publishing tools facilitate embedding video into ePublications with tools based in the cloud.

Presented at Lunch at Piero's (in 2012 Pat Miers is working with ShowStoppers).

Digital Hollywood is among the conference tracks held annually at Consumer Electronics Show, which returns on January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas.

The Ron Paul factor, and the Jews for Obama factor according to analyst and critic, Eric Golub

DemoCast caught-up with pop-culture vulture, Eric Golub, author of "Ideological Idiocy," and publisher of Tygrrrr Express, who shares his perspectivess on the 2012 race for the presidency. He says that Ron Paul supporters are not GOP voters anyway. And that liberal American Jews are more loyal to liberalism than Judaism or Israel.