Durban Ii Dispatch: Israel's A-team
April 25, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland Just because the Israeli government decided to boycott this year's Durban Review Conference doesn't mean they weren't well-represented in Geneva this week. I was surprised to meet Andy David, the deputy spokesman of Israel's foreign ministry, at a Sabbath dinner last weekend when I arrived in Geneva. "We're here, but we're not here," he whispered to me. He revealed to me that the ministry has quietly brought a group of Israeli students--mostly attractive, eloquent, and from diverse countries of origin--to plead Israel's case on the sidelines of this week's conference.
Rattner Hoisted On His Own Petard
April 24, 2009
Edward Jay Epstein is onto this story, and that is bad news for Steve Rattner. The Times and the Wall Street Journal also know a rotten tale when they see one. And, if Rattner tries to wave it away as a matter of no consequence, he will being getting himself deeper and deeper into the ethical quicksand. Is The Car Czar Due For A Recall?By Edward Jay Epstein"It is unacceptable that a placement agent have any influence in the investments of the state pension fund," New York Governor David A.
Free John Wall
April 21, 2009
John Wall, a 6'4" point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina, is probably the best high school basketball player in America.
Talking To The Men To Blame For Twitter
April 19, 2009
From the Journal's Saturday interview with Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. "It's pretty bizarre," says co-founder Evan Williams, 37. "At least once per day we look at each [other] and say, 'What the hell?' You and me both, buddy. Anyone I've ever talked to about this knows I'm a real Twitter* curmudgeon. I figured I'd take this opportunity to explain what my beef is. What I find useful about Twitter are the social-networking applications. Like this stuff from the Journal interview: The real Twitter revolution may prove to be much more everyday.
Department Of "huh?"
April 06, 2009
Okay, this is via Drudge, but still, this "analysis" article is from Reuters--and it makes no sense: SEOUL, April 6 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has a stronger hand to squeeze concessions from global powers and keep his iron grip in place over the destitute state after launching a long-range rocket on Sunday, analysts said. The launch was a high-stakes gamble for Kim, 67, whose stroke last August raised the first serious questions in years about his ability to lead and whether there was anyone waiting in the wings to replace him as the head of Asis's only communist dynasty.
The Shah of Venezuela
April 01, 2009
The ideas that keep Hugo Chavez in power.
Slideshow: Tourists In Space
March 27, 2009
Hungarian-born software engineer Charles Simonyi departed aboard a Space Adventures flight from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Although Simonyi would not disclose the price of the trip, his second, he says that prospective space tourists can now buy a Space Adventures seat for the price of $35 million. In today's TNR slideshow, we profile those who have paid to leave our humble little planet. --Alexander Wolf
When It's Bad To Be Good At Your Job
March 27, 2009
From today's NYT front-pager on the legal work Kirsten Gillibrand once did for Philip Morris: Ms. Gillibrand, 42, a former upstate congresswoman who is still unknown to many New Yorkers and is preparing to defend her Senate seat in an election next year, is reluctant to discuss her work on behalf of the tobacco company.
Someone Please Downsize Nancy Grace
March 25, 2009
Full disclosure: I hate CNN et al's obsession with missing kids, murdered mommies, shark attacks, other tear-jerking, fear-mongering stories that, while tragic, really seem more the purview of local news. I also find CNN host Nancy Grace unbearable, and not just for the high-minded reasons Jason scrupulously detailed a few years back.
Lift Your Pitchforks To The Sky
March 20, 2009
Marching in a circle outside AIG's Washington office, their pitchforks--er, protest signs--raised to the sky, a dozen left-wing activists chanted their demands. "Jail them, don't bail them!" they shouted outside the insurance giant's building on K Street. "Stop the bonuses, stop the crime, AIG crooks must do time!" Organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation, with assistance from the anti-war ANSWER Coalition, today's midday protest was intended to send the message that slashing the bonuses wouldn't be enough to quell the popular fury against the banks.