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Anti-Arab steps key to popularity in Israel

The president of Israel was aghast. Ruvi Rivlin, who was recently elected to the high but largely ceremonial post, is far from being a leftist.



Blair’s ‘transparency’ legacy

Prior to becoming UK prime minister in 1997, Tony Blair promised a new era of transparency in the conduct of British public life.



Hard wisdom for scarce water

In California, residential consumers are being fined for wasting water. The goal is to combat a severe drought by reducing residential consumption by 20 percent.



A million mutinies among the believers

In a tribute to the inimitable Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on his 10th death anniversary last week (Nov.



India-Pakistan relations on ice

So Prime Minister Modi officially snubbed Nawaz Sharif at the SAARC conference by keeping his hands fisted and then reading a pamphlet in what was not even a disguised indication that he wasn’t going



Europe must act responsibly

In the showdown with Russia over Ukraine, the weaknesses and divisions in European policy have been as encouraging for Russian President Vladimir Putin as America’s hesitant approach to Syria was.



E-cigarettes can help people quit smoking!

Michael Russell and Murray Jarvik, two pioneers of smoking-cessation research in the 1970s, would probably have welcomed the development of the electronic cigarette or “personal nicotine vaporizer” (P



What really happened in Kiev?

This is what former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, subsequently driven from office by mass protests in Kiev, said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel just one year ago, at the start of the cris



Syria’s humanitarian crisis

From the capture of Mosul by ISIS to the siege of Kobani, the political and media focus on what used to be called the Syrian civil war has changed.



Bolt from the blue for Modi

Narendra Modi has completed six months as the Indian premier.

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