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  • China urges Israel to make ‘brave’ decisions on peace talks

    1 week ago

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Israel to make "brave" decisions on the latest round of peace talks with the Palestinians, after negotiators ended another U.S-mediated session with no sign of a breakthrough.

    "At present, the Israeli-Palestinian talks process has entered a...

  • Relatives erupt with grief after Malaysia says plane crashed

    3 weeks ago

    Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines flight screamed, cried and collapsed on the ground on Monday after the Malaysian prime minister announced the jet ended its journey in the remote Southern Indian Ocean.

    At the Beijing hotel where many of the...

  • Oscars, Razzie, the soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 10, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Big in Japan

    More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments. Large business organizations including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Keidanren have recently dispatched research tours to the...

  • Israeli scientists shoot for the moon with dishwasher-sized spacecraft

    March 6, 2014 | 10:15 am

    It's only the size of a dishwasher and weighs as much as giant panda, but its inventors are hoping this spacecraft will go where no other Israeli vessel has gone before – to the moon.

    Working on a shoestring budget, the Israeli scientists and engineers building the shuttle -...

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  • As China looks on, Putin poses risky dilemma for the West

    March 3, 2014 | 10:34 am

    One senior Obama administration official called Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine "outrageous." A second described them as an "outlaw act." A third said his brazen use of military force harked back to a past century.

    "What we see here are distinctly 19th and 20th century...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • How to slow down the rush to war: What Obama should do about Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    The tragic dilemma we now face is that the murderous Assad regime in Syria should have been overthrown long ago, but the U.S. has no moral standing or credibility to be the agent of that overthrow.  

    The U.S. interest in Syria is not perceived by much of the world as a human...

  • Kerry makes forceful case for military action against Syria

    August 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The Obama administration made a forceful case for limited U.S. military action against Syria on Friday, releasing evidence the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians multiple times in the past year and saying the "indiscriminate, inconceivable horror" could...

  • With Netanyahu in Shanghai, China rips Syrian airstrikes

    May 6, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a five-day visit to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the military strikes on Syria without singling out Israel.

    "We oppose the use of military force and believe any country's sovereignty should be respected,"...

  • Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria

    May 6, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Russia and China expressed alarm on Monday over the regional repercussions of two Israeli air raids on Syria, while Israel played down strikes which its officials said targeted Iranian missiles bound for Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

    Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their...

  • China offers to broker Abbas-Netanyahu meeting

    May 3, 2013 | 11:23 am

    China offered to broker a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will both be in Beijing next week on separate visits.

    "If the leaders of Palestine and Israel have the will to...

  • Avian Flu (N7N9) Makes Leap from Bird to Man

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 26, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    Do you remember the H1N1 swine flu that made tens of millions sick and killed thousands of people in 2009? Well, one if its cousins, a bird flu with the name H7N9, is causing some death and consternation in China.

    This strain has long been circulating among birds, but since...

  • The bartender who rescued America

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Scott Prouty buried his lede.

    That’s journalism jargon for not recognizing the most newsworthy part of a story – for delaying the real attention-grabber for later.  (Calling a story’s first words the “lede” instead of the “lead” is a beloved fossil from the days when typesetters...

  • Iran, world powers meet in Kazakhstan on Islamic Republic’s nuclear program

    February 26, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Iran and six world powers are meeting for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The talks began Tuesday in Kazakhstan. It is the first negotiations to be held in nearly eight months. The world powers are made up of Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security...

  • Adelson sues Wall Street Journal reporter for libel

    February 25, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Sheldon Adelson sued a Wall Street Journal reporter for libel for calling him “foul-mouthed.”

    The lawsuit filed on Feb. 22 seeks "damages, including aggravated, exemplary and special damages," for a December article co-written by Kate O'Keeffe. Only O’Keefe is named in the suit,...

  • Iran claims new uranium deposits

    February 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Iran claimed to have uncovered new deposits of uranium ahead of talks with world powers on its nuclear capacity.

    Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, made the announcement at an annual conference on the nuclear industry, Reuters reported...

  • Wanted: Diamond polishers in Israel. Piety not a problem

    January 2, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Diamond manufacturing is a dwindling trade in Israel. The country has one of the world's hottest diamond exchanges, but polishers and cutters of the precious stones have been replaced by cheaper workers in newer hubs like India and China.

    Israel wants to bring them back. To do...

  • Iran talks to resume soon, reports say

    December 17, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Iran and the six major world powers it deals with on nuclear issues are preparing for talks, according to multiple reports.

    Meetings between Iran and representatives of the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany could come as soon as the week before the New...

  • ‘Robust’ EU sanctions no match for Tehran’s tricks, experts say

    November 13, 2012 | 9:46 am

    With embargoes on Iranian gas and oil firmly in place, the European Union seems determined to tighten a net of sanctions around Iran, as even longtime critics of Europe's trade relations with Iran acknowledge.

    In a second round of sanctions this year, the European Union announced...

  • Obama has made Israel stronger than ever

    October 30, 2012 | 10:54 am

    A famous scholar of American Jewish life once observed that we “earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans”.  We are committed to building a just and compassionate society and want our nation to provide a safety net with basic social services, even if we might not...

  • Obama faces tough call on Iran oil sanctions

    October 22, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Just weeks after the election, President Barack Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision on oil sanctions on Iran, in which he will have to balance the need to stay tough on Tehran without pushing oil prices too high.

    In considering whether to extend a new series of six-month...

  • Culture on the menu

    October 15, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Times Square, the icon of New York kitsch and tourism, pop culture and media art, not only looked different that day in late September, it smelled different. The place that many people call the center of the world was transformed into one big Chinese kitchen. That's right. Times...

  • Letters to the Editor: Paul Ryan, China

    August 22, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Parsing Paul Ryan

    I read with interest my friend David Suissa’s celebration of Paul Ryan (“Ryan’s Courage,” Aug. 17).

    As to economics, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said that the Ryan plan proposes a revenue loss due to tax cuts —...

  • Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    August 21, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Russia warned the West on Tuesday against unilateral action on Syria, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened “enormous consequences” if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,...

  • Ex-Malaysian PM reasserts Israel ‘rules world by proxy’

    August 16, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said there is substance to allegations that he made nearly a decade ago that Israel rules the world by proxy.

    Mohamad wrote in his blog at chedet.cc that American candidates must pledge loyalty to Israel or risk losing the elections,...

  • Jewish studies flourish in China

    August 15, 2012 | 10:49 am

    The last quarter century has witnessed a veritable explosion in the academic field of Jewish studies. During that time, Israel solidified its place as the global center in the field, while in the United States virtually every university and college of note has established its own...

  • The Jews of Kaifeng

    August 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Jewish liturgy and ritual frequently remind us that the Israelites were scattered to the “four corners of the earth,” as symbolized by the four fringes of the tallit, or prayer shawl. The extent of the geographic dispersion of the Jews over millennia has been vast, ranging from...

  • Filmmaker forges intimate portrait of artist-activist Ai Weiwei

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    In 2010, Alison Klayman sat in a car in Chengdu, China, with her camera rolling as the internationally renowned conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei scuffled with police, who were pushing and pulling at him and his entourage. The melee had erupted as Ai was attempting to file a...

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