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Crossing into Israel Isn't predictable

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 6:15 PM

JERUSALEM - The commute from Jerusalem to Ramallah is unpredictable at best.

Big white commuter buses with green or blue stripes with Arabic script are parked just a few blocks away from the Damascus Gate, the main entry into Jerusalem's old city. It's 7:00 am, but the side streets leading...

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In Sderot, Life Is Under Attack

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:14 PM

SDEROT-- Fifteen seconds is the difference between life and death for residents in a small village 100 kilometers from Jerusalem. In Sderot, an agricultural village just a stone's throw from the Gaza border, the fear of attack weighs heavy on everyone's mind.

A giant multicolored slide stands in the...

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Why Deny Women Access to the Western Wall?

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:01 PM

JERUSALEM- In another example of the growing stress of the ultra-Orthodox and secular Jews on Israeli society, you only have to go as far as the Wailing Wall.

Police barricades blocked hundreds of Women of the Wall supporters, a liberal Jewish women's group, who are demanding equality...

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Are Energy Drinks Worth Dying For?

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 7:32 AM

Exams. Midterms. Essays. It's crunch time at university, and students all over the country are searching for the secret to instant knowledge. This is the time of year when the major libraries at college campuses are packed wall-to-wall with students busy scribbling notes, reciting lines from their slides, or hiding...

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Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

(14) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 5:06 PM

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But with less than two months before the London 2012 Summer Olympics, it's unlikely that millions of fans around the world will witness a historic moment for Saudi Arabian women. The...

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Want a Future in Journalism? Move to Kenya.

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2012 | 12:37 AM

Global state-funded television news channels like Al Jazeera, the BBC, China's CCTV and RT (formerly Russia Today) have proliferated in recent years -- and now they're expanding, with a host of new services that tailor the news to local interests.

Al Jazeera, for example, has hired close to 200...

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Syria: An Assignment Worse Than Hell

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Syria's 544-mile border with Turkey has long been a common path for illegal entry or exit. These days, that border has drawn a new group of illegal entrants to Syria: foreign correspondents covering a nearly year-old conflict that seems to grow bloodier by the week.

As the civil war in...

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