On the wooden deck of Tel Aviv’s revamped seafront, Bayit Banamal, the good times roll. Too much faith has taken too much toll. So Israelis play up their swank, secular side. Beaches are bustling and restaurants never empty. There’s nothing Israelis love doing more than spending long hours in cafés, as if a national pastime; making love, chatting up, having fun, and even working from chairs laid outdoors of lovely, petite eateries. Read more

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A piece of cloud, distant and fleeting,
The clouded fate of longings,
Of people in floating weightlessness. Read more

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Just a few days before Obama’s “Yes We Can” Denver convention four years ago, I had told Carolyn Sauvage Mar, a Democrat campaigner in Delhi, that America should allow an international group of eminent citizens to vote for the US president. A bizarre idea but American politics is hardly just about America. Read more

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or Bibi as he is called, made his speech at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, speaking into the same microphone as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Read more

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Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s second president and one of the most important political figures of the Arab world, would often proudly say: “Nah-nu Abna-ul Feroin.” That’s Arabic for “We are sons of the Pharaohs”. Read more

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As President Obama’s special representative to Muslim communities, Farah Anwar Pandith’s job is to tell the Muslim world, ‘Look, America ain’t all that bad’. Pandith invariably begins by pointing to her own life as a successful American Muslim woman of Indian origin. Read more

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Many people I met during my recent visit to Israel — which kept me away from this blog for a fortnight — suggested the impossible. It’s this: left to the people of Palestine and Israel, peace is possible. Read more

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