from The Great Debate:

Can Obama inspire youth vote in Israel?

By Bill Schneider
March 25, 2013

President Barack Obama's message to Israel last week was both powerful and urgent: You can't go on like this. The status quo is not a viable option.

from MacroScope:

Sen. Warren flags double-standard for criminal prosecutions of banks

March 7, 2013

Massachusetts' rookie Senator Elizabeth Warren was out making waves again at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill today. The former Harvard law professor contrasted the legal code affecting drug prosecutions with what she depicted as cushy settlements for large Wall Street firms that committed egregious crimes.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

New U.S. court rulings may add to costs, risks of finance industry regulatory enforcement

By Guest Contributor
June 26, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, June 26 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Two court rulings last week may raise the enforcement burden for the financial services industry and its regulators.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

Negligence charges gain clout in SEC enforcement arsenal

By Guest Contributor
May 9, 2012

By Julie DiMauro

BOSTON/NEW YORK, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Financial services firms may face more negligence cases brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reflecting a greater willingness by the commission to base charges on negligence findings, industry professionals were told at a Thomson Reuters forum.

from The Great Debate:

U.S. aid, Israel and wishful thinking

By Bernd Debusmann
April 12, 2010

In June 1980, when an American president, Jimmy Carter, objected to Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied territories, the Israeli government responded by announcing plans for new settlements. At the time, settlers numbered fewer than 50,000.

from Tales from the Trail:

When seen from Capitol Hill, Jerusalem looks a bit different

March 23, 2010

ISRAEL-USA/What's the U.S. policy toward Israel? It may depend on which branch of government you ask.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Meanwhile in the West Bank…

September 24, 2009

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While Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S. leaders debated the status of settlement expansion in New York, Palestinian workers carried on building the fenced-off red-roofed suburban enclaves in the West Bank.

from Sangwon Yoon:

The Iranian Guessing Game

September 17, 2009

After failing to reach an agreement on a settlement freeze, U.S. envoy George Mitchell extended his trip to the Middle East with hopes of arranging a tri-lateral meeting involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S. President Barack Obama at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week. (Read more here.)

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Settlement Freeze Still the Hot Topic

August 25, 2009

PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/MITCHELLMonths on, and the buck still stops with the settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is now in Europe to meet in London with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today and US peace envoy George Mitchell on Wednesday. He will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday.

from Your View:

Palestinian boys and Israeli jeep

August 9, 2009

Palestinian boys are seen walking past an Israeli military jeep in Hebron, the West Bank.  Your View/Inga Vaiciakauskaite