Sundown: Hama Then, Homs Now
Plus Jew-school advances to championship, the AIPAC Three, and more
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• The current siege of Homs, Syria, has prompted unpleasant memories of the 1982 massacre in Hama by the new boss’s father. [WP]
• Iran appeared to be doing its international financial transactions via a Dubai bank … until the U.S. Treasury found out about it. [WSJ]
• Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan will visit Tehran one week after a nuclear summit in late March. Hrmm. [Haaretz]
• Houston’s Beren Academy won their game this afternoon. They play for the state championship tomorrow night—after sundown, of course. [Houston Chronicle]
• Supreme Leader Khamanei’s attitude toward the West continues to make a diplomatic deal on Iran’s nuclear program unlikely. [Reuters]
• How gas prices play a role in the U.S. posture toward Iran. [FP]
• The trailer for this new Emergency Committee for Israel movie might be dropping an Obama-is-a-Muslim dog-whistle in the final seconds. You be the judge. [ECI YouTube]
• Since 2000, when the program started, Taglit-Birthright has contributed more than half a billion dollars to the Israeli economy. [JTA]
• Ahmadinejad-related shenanigans at the Columbia University College Republicans. [Bwog]
• Yossi Klein Halevi argues it is unreasonable, both historically and ethically, to expect Israel to fully trust the Obama administration on Iran. [TNR]
• Shmuel Rosner asks: “Why are so many Americans preoccupied with my country?” [FP]
• The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is this weekend! Here is my dispatch from last year’s. [Tablet Magazine]
• Books on Hank Greenberg and the Philadelphia SPHAs prompt a musing on Jews in sports. [Hartford Courant]
• From an email: “Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Joins Society for Humanistic Judaism.” No link necessary; there’s no way I could have made that up.
Lou Reed turned 70 today. Elizabeth Wurtzel celebrated his 69th last year.
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