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Ashkenazi Jews

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Irish PM to call on Premier Wen

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012, 12:00am

Only diplomacy can solve Iran problem

Trying to determine what is reality and what is bluster when it comes to Iran's nuclear programme is next to impossible. Its leaders claim their intentions are peaceful, but secrecy and uranium enrichment do not preclude the possibility that the country is making a bomb.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It was a frightening and unsettling day, and one that will remain seared in my memory forever

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was in Washington on September 11, 2001

In my job, you expect to suffer. So that's why when I go to hell one day, it will be less painful for me

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Genesis to Broadway

Genesis to Broadway

Fringe Theatre

Reviewed: Jul 18

Australian pianist/composer Warren Wills' Genesis to Broadway presents an intriguing concept - tracing the history of Jewish music from ancient Hebrew songs to Broadway composers such as Gershwin and Bernstein.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Holy orders

As you walk in the Geula neighbour-hood of Jerusalem, you slip from modern Israel into another society, one far older and more steeped in tradition than the rest of the country.

27 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Bush can still be honest broker in Middle East

The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States have defined the administration of George W. Bush, for the worse and for too long. Evidence of that can be seen in the consequences of its adoption of unilateralist policies abroad and in its sacrifice of American values, both supposedly justified as part of the so-called 'war on terror'.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Unsettling accounts

Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal once said: 'When my life is over and I meet up with the victims of the Holocaust, I shall have the privilege of saying to them, I have never forgotten you.'

22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

An Asian view of American arrogance

Few men or women are all bad or all good; and few of us go through life without losing at least one job or two under duress. The importance, therefore, of the Paul Wolfowitz affair lies less in the man himself than in what the astonishing World Bank scandal symbolises in a larger and much more important sense.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

Keep politics out of the World Bank

After an agonising and argumentative few weeks, the stubborn and self-righteous Paul Wolfowitz has bowed to the inevitable and resigned as World Bank president, effective at the end of next month. Yet his resignation should be the beginning - not the end - of the affair, otherwise the already grave wounds inflicted on the bank may prove fatal.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Anwar's opponents attempt to link him to Wolfowitz scandal

Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim has become entangled in the downfall of Paul Wolfowitz amid allegations that he wrote a letter requesting that the World Bank president's girlfriend be transferred to a high-paying job with the Foundation for the Future, which Mr Anwar chairs.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Integrity is core to rebuilding World Bank

The rich nations that fund the World Bank have been handed a golden opportunity to reform the institution now that wrangling over the future of its president, Paul Wolfowitz, has ended with his resignation. Much needs to be done to restore confidence in the organisation, and that work must start with openly choosing a qualified successor imbued with integrity.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Trouble at the bank


Controversy at the World Bank after the bank's president Paul Wolfowitz helps his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, to win a promotion and a big pay rise.


Where does she work? In the US State Department. She was moved there from the World Bank after her boyfriend, Mr Wolfowitz, was appointed president to avoid any conflict of interest.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

World Bank chief a liability and has to go

Paul Wolfowitz confounded some critics of his appointment as World Bank president, not that the neoconservative Bush loyalist and key architect of the Iraq invasion appeared troubled by his detractors.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Weighing up the risks of a second Holocaust

'It's 1938', says former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 'and Iran is Germany, racing to arm itself with atomic bombs.'

Addressing a Jewish audience in Los Angeles last month, Mr Netanyahu was giving voice to a growing sense of alarm in Israel at Iran's seemingly inexorable march towards nuclear capability.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

'we have to hit back, and hit hard'

'It is an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel in its sovereign territory. We are already responding with great strength ... The Lebanese government is responsible. Lebanon will pay

the price'

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am