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Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities [remix]

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easter

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On Being

[Unedited] Mohammad Darawshe with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easter

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The Takeaway

Syria: Next Big Flashpoint in Middle East?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Syria's cabinet passed a draft law on Tuesday lifting the country's 48-year emergency rule, the unfairness of which has been a rallying cry for those in the country who want reform. The cabinet was under pressure to ease the emergency rule, but immediately after the supposed concession, the body passed a law that requires Syrians to seek permission to protest from the Interior ministry. The political upheaval sweeping across North Africa and the Mideast has been compared to a contagious virus, but Syria just may be the most contagious country of all. Syria is centrally located, bordering Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon.

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Transportation Nation

Jerusalem Train Moving Forward Despite Politics

Sunday, April 17, 2011

(Jerusalem --Patricia Willens, WNYC) The tag line for Jerusalem’s transportation master plan is “everything is connected,” a resonant phrase for such a complicated place. Palestinians and Israelis; Science and Faith; Politics and Religion. It’s all connected here but in a tenuous and tense way. Still, everyday life continues and the bald fact for many Jerusalemites is that traffic is terrible. It’s hard to get around even though the city is small, with a population of about 800 thousand people.

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Many residents rely on public transportation here, meaning buses. According to the city’s own count, there are 500 thousand trips per day. The main artery -- Jaffa Street -- at one point had 200 buses running in one hour, moving at about 5km/hour. Central Jerusalem was polluted, noisy and inefficient, according to transit official Nadav Meroz.

“So we took this corridor which was the main corridor for private cars and public transport and we brought it back for the people of Jerusalem,” he said.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Artist and Activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, Killed in West Bank

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Half-Palestinian, half-Israeli actor and leading non-violence activist Juliano Mer-Khamis was shot dead on Monday in the West Bank. Mer-Khanis was a leading figure in the arts and founded The Freedom Threatre in Jenin, a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. The theater provides opportunities for Palestinian children to get involved in the arts.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Budget, Election 2012, Middle East

Monday, April 04, 2011

Congress continues to battle over the nation's budget. Could the government be headed for a shutdown? Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, look ahead to the week in news.

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Features

Artists 4 Israel Simulate Rocket Attacks in Washington Square

Monday, March 28, 2011

On Monday, a group called Artists for Israel put on a multi-media installation simulating the experience of living in an Israeli border town under rocket fire by Gaza militant. View a slideshow of the installation.

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The Takeaway

Explosion at Bus Stop in Jerusalem

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A bus has exploded in Jerusalem. The number of casualties is unknown, but there are reports that people are being carried away on stretchers. The explosion came from a bomb left in a bag at a bus stop near the main entrance to Jerusalem, shattering windows in nearby buildings. It appears to be the first bus bombing in several years and comes amid rising tensions between Hamas militants and Israel. The BBC's Bethany Bell reports from Jerusalem.

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The Takeaway

YouTube Video Mocks Gadhafi

Monday, February 28, 2011

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who appears to be on his way out, is getting his share of satirical punches on the viral video circuit. A video mocking Gadhafi has gone viral, getting over 650,000 hits on YouTube, and has been met with postive reviews from the Arab community, especially in Libya. Here's the twist — the video was made by a Jewish Israeli, Noy Alooshe, a journalist, musician and internet buff.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, February 14, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Hosni Mubarak's resignation and what this means for the rest of the region.

The Brian Lehrer Show

What Egypt Means to Israel

Friday, February 04, 2011

Neil MacFarquhar, UN bureau chief for the New York Times, and Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers, talk about how the Israeli government is reacting both publicly and privately to the events unfolding in Egypt.

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It's A Free Country ®

Israel Nervously Watches Egypt

Friday, February 04, 2011

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It’s a nervous time for all the entire region for all of the current governments and given that Egypt is the cornerstone for Israel’s peace policy in the entire region, Israel’s probably the most nervous of them all, and I don’t think it’s going to something that’s going to be cleared up or resolved on the coming days. I think it’s going to be quite a long process.

— Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

Prospects for Peace in the Middle East?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

WNYC
It's interesting to see today that the demonstrators in Egypt or Tunisia, for that fact, are not talking about Israel, are not talking about America, are not talking about regional issues. They are talking about their own domestic affairs and that, in my view, is healthy.

Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Israel Eyes Events in Egypt Closely

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

As Egypt changes, the country's relationship with Israel becomes fragile. With President Hosni Mubarak pledging not to seek re-election in September, Israeli leaders are worried Egypt could fall into the hands of radical Islamic groups. This includes a fear that the Muslim Brotherhood may emerge as the leadership in the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Maps and Papers

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute and co-author (with Dennis Ross), of  Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle Eastproposes a map of the West Bank and talks about how the leak of the Palestine Papers affects the peace process.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Palestine Papers

Monday, January 24, 2011

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The Takeaway

Negotiations Leak: Palestinian Concessions to Israel

Monday, January 24, 2011

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East reveal that Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel and the U.S. have been published by the Guardian and Al Jazeera. The Guardian’s Middle East editor Ian Black says the documents show a weak and desperate Palestinian side offering a string of concessions that will shock Palestinians and the wider Arab world.The former United States Ambassador to Israel and director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, Martin Indyk, disagrees.

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The Takeaway

Middle East Peace Talks Stall Over Settlements

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The United States is backing away from peace talks on the Middle East that are in flux, thanks in part to Israel's refusal to back down on the issue of new Jewish settlements. Palestinians are saying that direct talks may be over for the time being, and the U.S., after high hopes for progress, is suffering a tarnished record as a negotiator. Has the cause for peace hit another dead end? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Fletcher on Walking Israel

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Martin Fletcher, longtime chief of NBC’s Tel Aviv news bureau, discusses walking along the entire coast of Israel, from Lebanon to Gaza, observing facets of the country that are ignored in news reports. His book Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation is packed with humor, historical insights, emotion, and true-life tales.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Lame-Duck Congress, Bipartisan Meetings, Potential Israeli Settlement Freeze

Monday, November 15, 2010

The 110th Congress begins its lame duck session today, and the question remains: how much can lawmakers get done before the new members step in? Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC looks at how this session of Congress handles the Bush tax cuts, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the new START treaty.

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