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Mrs Cohen's diary: it's been a double Alex week

January 24, 2014

* My old friend Alex Carlile has been muttering to me this week about the injustice done to Lord Rennard. I agree with him – if they can’t prove that Rennard has been having a crafty grope, why should he own up to it? Personally I think that Rennard would have a much easier time of it if he popped down to the gym.

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Finding nuance in religious debate? I’ve got quite a job

By Martin Bright, January 24, 2014

We all have our dream jobs, and editing a publication analysing the role of religion in conflicts around the world is mine.

I never imagined for a moment anyone would offer me the role, so I was delighted to be approached by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to work on a new website on religion and globalisation.

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Ya'alon is right about 'messianic' Kerry

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2014

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Minister of Defence, is a military man through and through, having risen from the ranks to become Head of Military Intelligence and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.

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Why death is trending on social media

By Miriam Shaviv, January 24, 2014

How do you approach death in the age of social media?

Avoid writing about it, is the advice of former New York Times editor Bill Keller and his wife Emma. Earlier this month, the couple published columns in the NYT and on the Guardian website, questioning the motives of Lisa Bonchek Adams, an American woman tweeting about her stage IV breast cancer.

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Mrs Cohen's diary

By Mrs Cohen, January 18, 2014

* Am I surprised about François Hollande’s dalliance? Not at all. When I was in Paris last year I popped into the Elysée Palace to say hello. As luck would have it, Valerie was out and Frankie had that familiar twinkle in his eye.

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Church of England shows how not to love thy neighbour

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 17, 2014

Over the holiday season we’ve had to endure once again the anti-Jewish antics of the fashionable St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Five years ago this church hosted an alternative carol service, at which were sung bowdlerised carols castigating and condemning Jewish national aspirations.

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Arsenal, Spurs, Dreyfus, Anelka - I'm having a Jewday meltdown

By David Aaronovitch, January 16, 2014

One day last week — it doesn’t matter which, so let’s call it Jewday — I had two encounters in the space of five hours that, together, left me feeling alarmed. The first was a planned meeting with a young woman seeking career advice. The other was when I was run into in a tube station in North London as I was going in and this man, the runner-in, was going out.

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In the future, we'll all be working at Starbucks

By Simon Round, January 10, 2014

January, as we all know, is detox time, so I’ve been thinking that I should start cutting down on my consumption of that well known Colombian powder which has been in the news so much lately... coffee.

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Great wounds of the Great War

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 10, 2014

Later this year, the world’s media will preoccupy us with material related to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War — the “Great War” — which was triggered, so it is said, by the assassination, in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, of the heir to the Habsburg throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie.

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Praying with a purpose

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 10, 2014

"What do you think will happen if you pray?” asked my friend. It was New Year’s Eve, and a left-wing, but religious, fellow journalist had just kindly wished me everything that I prayed for in 2014. In fact he had gone further. He had wished all his followers on social media all that they prayed for.

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