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Sundown: A’Jad Walked Out On

Plus realists rising, Patti is right, and more

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• At the U.N. General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for universal nuclear disarmament, and accused “the Zionist regime” (hint: he doesn’t mean Laos) of violating what should be his country’s nuke-free region. The British, French, and U.S. representatives all conspicuously left in the middle of his speech.* [WSJ]

• Prominent foreign policy realists Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, whom the Obama administration first embraced and later backed away from over Israel, were spotted chatting with super-influential administration adviser Denis McDonough at last weekend’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. [Ben Smith]

• The American Jewish Committee has a new president, named Robert Elman. Rumor is he is himself Jewish. [JTA]

• Paul Berman’s Flight of the Intellectuals gets a rave in the Times. Tablet Magazine interviewed Berman a couple months ago about his book’s subject, Tariq Ramadan. [NYT]

Memoirist Kai Bird on growing up in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. [NYT]

• Patti Stanger advises young women to smile more, and whaddya know? It works! [Crushable]

Orthodox divorce: the pop-punk version.


*An Anti-Defamation League press release I just got praised those countries whose representatives walked out on A’jad: “Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.” Oh, and, “Canada reportedly boycotted the speech from the outset.”

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Sundown: A’Jad Walked Out On

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