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Middle East Conflict

The Voice of Um Kulthum: A Place to Start the Dialogue

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

I would bet that many so-called "experts" on the Arab-Israeli conflict have never heard the voice of Um Kulthum.

Not a "New Middle East", but a Unified Western Asia

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Geopolitics in the 21st century is shaped against the background of an increasingly globalized and still ever-competitive world, where states, perhaps as never before, can no longer thrive in isolated vacuum.

Netanyahu At AIPAC: Pilpul In Action!

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Building on the Talmudic term pilpul, I would like to more closely examine the difficulty that Netanyahu's recent AIPAC statements present for anyone working to negotiate a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.

Dangerous Brinkmanship

Haim Malka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haim Malka

Israel may assert a right to build anywhere in Jerusalem that it chooses. But, those political choices have implications that extend far beyond real estate.

ADL's Foxman Crying Wolf?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

The issue here is not a tiff between Abe Foxman and Andrew Sullivan but the dangerous devaluation of the real and ugly phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

Israel's 'Settlement Freeze'

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
The Real News

Toufic Haddad, co-author of Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. War on Terror, and Palestine correspondent for The Faster Times speaks in Jerusalem to Lia Tarachansky of The Real News about Israel's "settlement freeze."

The Last Jews of Beirut

Josie Ensor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josie Ensor

The last Jews of Beirut will have to wait longer for their only place of worship to be restored. The non-profit organization in charge of the renovation effort, has announced they have run out of funds.

Kaddafi Back in My Backyard

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I am a busy man. But that did not stop me from taking off several weeks from my professional life to fight Muammar Kaddafi's plan to take up residence directly next door to me this past August and September.

Controlled experiment

The National Newspaper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a bustling harbour just north of Jeddah one recent morning, a white 27-metre diving yacht was nosing its way slowly toward the open Red Sea. It was...

Middle East Peace: It's Time for Mitchell 2.0 and the American Plan

Joel Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Rubin

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has unilaterally declared that Israel will temporarily freeze settlement construction in the West Bank. So where do President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Mitchell go from here?

The Ongoing Repression of Palestinian Protesters

Jonathan Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Pollak

On a pitch black early December night, seven armored Israeli military jeeps pulled into the driveway of a home in the West Bank. soldiers, armed and possibly very scared, arrived to make an arrest.

Iran Inside Out Shocks and Provokes at the Chelsea Art Museum

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marissa Bronfman

Iran Inside Out offers a veritable platter of provocative work that begs for discussion, debate and perhaps most importantly, an open mind.

Obama in Cairo: One View From Jerusalem

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

An American friend emailed me to ask "What's Israel's/your take on Obama's remarks in Cairo?" I had to smile, because if there is one thing that has...

Shameful Plight of the Middle East's Christians

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

No community today is so targeted by violent thugs for no reason other than sheer bigotry as are the Christians of Iraq.

Humanity's Greatest Challenge and Its Solution

Kim Cranston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kim Cranston

Scientists predict that climate change may unleash public unrest and mass migration in 20 years, and increase the global surface temperature up to 11.5 degrees F by 2100.

Give Bibi a Chance

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

As a longtime supporter of the Israeli peace movement, I believe that it would behoove everyone to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu some breathing space.

Cheney's Toys

Leslie Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Griffith

We all remember conniving against a democratically-elected president ended in 1963. And we hear comparisons between the young, vibrant JFK and Obama. May the parallels end there.

The Mideast Conflict in 27 Words or Less

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There are two sides in the Middle East conflict: Jews and Arabs who want compromise, and Jews and Arabs who want to demonize and eradicate their neighbors.

What Comes After the Failed Policy of Containment: Review of Engaging the Muslim World

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anis Shivani

Engaging the Muslim World exposes the fallacies of recent myths constituting Islam Anxiety, and offers the first real alternative course of pragmatic engagement.

Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle on Storytelling

Gotham Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gotham Chopra

If there is one thing we might learn from great filmmaking, as with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, it is that through our stories we have the ability to inspire, lead, and transform.

As Well As Can Be Expected

David Horton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Horton

On New Years Day, we think that we have got rid of all the things that made 2008 a bad year, and 2009, just like a new born baby, has endless potential for good, for refreshing the human spirit.

Did Hezbollah Win?

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

It was not until television stations broadcast pictures of two black coffins being unloaded from a truck at the Israeli-Lebanese border that Israelis became certain of the fate of the soldiers.

Israel-Hamas Truce Confirmed By Israel

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JERUSALEM — A long-sought truce between Israel and Gaza militants went into effect early Thursday, with the aim of halting militant attacks and ...

Israel-Hamas Truce To Begin Thursday: Report

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JERUSALEM — The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group said Tuesday it has reached a cease-fire with Israel meant to halt a cycle of deadly Pa...