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Eco bravo

By Orlando Radice, February 25, 2011

Most of the attention was appropriately heaped on Ian McEwan at the Jerusalem Book Fair this week – but Umberto Eco grabbed a headline or two with his eloquent trashing of academic and cultural boycotts.

He told an AP reporter: "I consider it absolutely crazy" and "fundamentally racist to identify a scholar, a private citizen, with the politics of his government."


What is the real meaning of Israel’s gas find?

By Orlando Radice, January 6, 2011

Understandably, there has been much excitement around the announcement that Israel has discovered around 500 billion cubic metres of gas in the Leviathan deposit.

These articles in Ha’aretz and Green Prophet
suggest that Israel is about to turn global energy relationships on their head, rivalling the influence of Iran and Saudia Arabia on energy export markets.


Borderline behaviour

By Orlando Radice, December 15, 2010

Don’t be surprised that yesterday Israel refused entry to three of the Palestinian firefighters who had helped fight the massive Carmel fire and were returning for a ceremony to honour their bravery. You can read the story here