Analysis

Stock rises for 'Hitler's pope'

By David Conway, February 15, 2013

Pope Benedict’s decision to resign has re-ignited media debate about his degree of complicity in the cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests.

That debate echoes an earlier controversy over the complicity in evil on a much vaster scale of a predecessor of Benedict.

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Next time, can we have a theological upgrade?

By Ed Kessler, February 14, 2013

The papacy of Benedict XVI has been a challenging time for Catholic-Jewish relations. He entered the papacy in 2005 expressing a desire to follow the footsteps of his predecessor Pope John Paul II.

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Censorship? Never, this is Human Rights Watch

By Orlando Radice, February 8, 2013

There is a respectful hush among the journalists. This is the launch of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) World Report 2013, and executive director Kenneth Roth is at the podium. “The media is key to what we do,” he tells the press.

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Space-ape, the fake jet and one mad astronaut

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Hollow boasts of Iran’s technological prowess in recent days have placed a question mark over the Islamic Republic’s true capabilities.

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John Kerry is Obama’s Middle East canary

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 7, 2013

In one of his first acts as the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke to both Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, to stress his desire to jump-start peace talks.

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European Union is the problem, not the solution

By Robin Shepherd, February 7, 2013

It is a measure of the EU foreign policy establishment’s timidity that Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy, Hizbollah, has for so long evaded designation as a terrorist organisation.

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Binladen bridge could spark war

By John R Bradley, February 1, 2013

It has long been held that during the coming decades, competition for ever-diminishing water supplies would be the main trigger for regional wars in the Middle East. However, a proposed 30 mile-long bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is a likely cause for more imminent military confrontation.

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Israel will miss Fischer who kept the economy stable

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

The list of Stanley Fischer’s achievements over the eight years he served as Governor of the Bank of Israel is long and varied but they can be summarised in one line — Professor Fischer was both the responsible grown-up and respectable face of Israel’s economy, and the man who should take the credit for shielding the country from the global recession.

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Belgian school’s demise symbol of a Euro disease

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 25, 2013

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish community and its vicissitudes.

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Playtime is over — US and Israel must get real

By Jonathan Cummings, January 25, 2013

President Obama was not waiting for the polls to close on Tuesday evening. While Israelis were still voting, his spokesman reiterated that the United States “will continue to make clear that only through direct negotiations can the Palestinians and the Israelis… achieve the peace they both deserve”.

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