Friday, October 01, 2010
The annual New Yorker Magazine Festival colonizes the city for one weekend a year. When the magazine was founded by the legendary editor Harold Ross in 1925, he famously said that it was not “for the little old lady in Dubuque.” Today, the magazine is national and international in scope, but for the Festival, it calls home its impressive roster of critics, investigative reporters, writers, editors, and other contributors of all stripes to host panels, conduct interviews, and perform in venues all over the city.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Since the Six-Day War in 1967, American presidents have tried long and hard to encourage peace in the Middle East. After he helped ink the Camp David Accords, former President Jimmy Carter insightfully warned that peace would not come easily. "The questions that have brought warfare and bitterness to the Middle East for the last thirty years will not be settled overnight," he said. Now, six presidencies and thirty years later, lasting peace has yet to be achieved.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Now this is going to sound somewhat familiar… the White House is hosting direct talks, starting today, to begin brokering an Arab-Israeli peace agreement, ideally to be formalized within the next year. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas will be in Washington today for the first face-to-face talks in two years.
Expectations are low, and the inevitable question arises: is anything really new this time around?
Monday, August 30, 2010
We look ahead to this week of Middle East peace talks, a new jobs report, and auto sales numbers. On Tuesday, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office as combat operations in Iraq officially end. On Wednesday, we'll hear about auto sales numbers for August, and on Thursday, a new round of Middle East peace talks will begin. Friday brings the anticipated jobs report from the Labor Department.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives from over 60 countries are meeting in Kabul today. This is the first major international conference in Afghanistan since the 1970s, and the first time Afghanistan is playing host to its major donors. Atop of the agenda: how to hand more responsibility for Afghanistan to the Afghan government. This comes at a crucial period, as American troops are expected to start leaving Afghanistan by next year.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington today for a meeting with President Obama, to discuss the Middle East peace process and Israel's national security. The visit is also to show a public display of unity. Diplomatic meetings continue in other quarters as well: Just yesterday, the Israeli defense minister and the Palestinian prime minister met in Jerusalem, in the first face-to-face meeting between such high level officials in several months.
This all comes on the heels of Turkey's announcement that it may sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless Israel apologizes for the deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza in late May.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The week was thrown into uncertainty with the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and The Takeaway's Charles Herman, look at that and the rest of the news coming up in the next seven days.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama later today, but the two leaders come to the table amidst growing tension. Can this meeting smooth the friction between them, given the long history between the U.S. and Israel? And how far can Obama push Israel to jumpstart peace talks with Palestine ... again?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer, here on the evening shift.
We continue to follow the developments in health care reform, clashes in Israel, and of course the NCAA tournament. Our curiosity was also piqued by a recent study on women of color and wealth. They found:
"Single black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts and a tiny fraction of a penny for every dollar of wealth owned by white women."
We'll find out how bad it is, and why. Also as part of our DIY bailout series, we'll have some suggestions for building your own wealth.
We'll also check in on the fiscal health of our nation as Moody's hints at lowering America's bond rating and the Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates low based on moderate economic expectations.
Monday, March 08, 2010
In this week's agenda, Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent, look at what to expect this week. They'll look at the aftermath of Iraq's national elections, Vice President Biden's visit to the Middle East, and the latest news on financial reform.
Monday, February 15, 2010
It's our weekly look at the news to watch out for with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
President Obama was in part awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to the Muslim world. The administration has made Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan top priorities, but some analysts say Obama has neglected much of the Middle East. We ask Reza Aslan, author and contributing editor to the Daily Beast, and Abderrahim Foukara, the D.C. Bureau Cheif of al-Jazeera, to evaluate the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the president's Middle East diplomacy.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
As President Obama wraps up his trip in Asia, news out of the Middle East is threatening to distract from whatever progress he might have made this past week on the international stage. Israel has announced plans to expand a Jewish district of Jerusalem captured in the 1967 war. The Palestinians have said this district belongs to their future state.
Isabel Kershner is a reporter for our partner The New York Times. She reported on the story, and she joins us from Jerusalem.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told his political allies that he will not seek re-election in January. Israel's president and defense minister, along with the president of Egypt and the King of Jordan, have all called Abbas asking him to reconsider. Abbas is expected to give a speech later today, where he will express his frustration with the peace process.
Officials say Abbas told President Obama in October that he would not run for re-election unless Israel agreed to freeze the building of settlements in the West Bank, thereby allowing him to resume peace talks without losing all credibility. Aaron David Miller, public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., joins us with his thoughts on the move. Miller has served as an adviser on Middle East politics to both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They're innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be enemies — whatever the political future of the Middle East may hold.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Obama administration wants Israel to stop all construction in the West Bank as a precondition to resuming peace talks with the Palestinians. That's partly why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with world leaders this week. All of this, according to some predictors, comes ahead of a new Middle East peace plan that could be unveiled by President Obama as early as next month. For more, we're joined by Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC.