TLR Bulletin – The Barzini Moment

Don Corleone: Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along. — The Godfather, Part 1 Last week, Israel had its Barzini moment. The Israeli public, with the very active assistance of the Israeli media — and, I am pretty certain, thanks to an intense ‘educational’ […]

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TLR 163 – Putin Muddies the Waters

The geo-political picture in the Middle East has become far more complex and opaque since the wave of revolutions and civil wars began at the end of 2010. But at least these events emerged from within the countries in the region. Outside powers — the US, Russia, Western European countries and others — have surely been active in these upheavals, […]

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TLR 162 – ‘Hummbling’ along

“Hummbling’ is a term I invented for the specific purpose of describing the current state of the Israeli economy. It has nothing to do with modesty or other personal traits, but rather represents a hybrid form of ‘humming’ and ‘bumbling’ – hence the double m. You would think that to simultaneously hum along whilst bumbling around would be very difficult, […]

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TLR 161 – Obamacareless

This issue is devoted entirely to Section A: Regional Developments and has as its main focus and premise that it is the changes in America’s involvement in the Middle East that are driving developments across the region. The most recent and dramatic of these changes has been the announcement of the opening to Tehran, a move which has been at […]

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TLR 160 – The New Nasty

This issue is devoted to a topic that has increasingly occupied me over the last two years or more, since the social protest movement swept Israel during the summer of 2011. I call it ‘the New Nasty’, because its central feature is the overt antipathy displayed toward the group of big businessmen who are perceived as dominating the Israeli economy, […]

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