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Notes on Obama’s visit to Israel and moving towards peace, Notebook

Notes on Obama’s visit to Israel and moving towards peace

The Israeli and Palestinian territories on the West Bank are messy and confusing. This weekend I was quite taken aback when I was stopped by a defiant military security guard when crossing the green line to the Western wall, and asked whether I liked it “here, in Israel”, despite theoretically still being on Palestinian land.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 28 March 2013 at 4:46 pm

Video: Bad Lip Reading spoofs the Presidential inauguration, Notebook

Video: Bad Lip Reading spoofs the Presidential inauguration

Following rumours of singer Beyoncé lip synching during President Barack Obama’s inauguration earlier this week, YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading has made a spoof video of the event.

By | Notebook | Friday, 25 January 2013 at 2:56 pm

Barking Blondes: Macy Gray, rock ‘n’ roll dogs and rescuing Adam Ant, Notebook

Barking Blondes: Macy Gray, rock ‘n’ roll dogs and rescuing Adam Ant

Macy Gray was a guest on our show this week to enthuse over her two young bull breeds Trigga and Weezy, both of which were left behind in America.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 4:00 am

Video: The strangest places to vote in America, Notebook

Video: The strangest places to vote in America

A cemetery in San Francisco, a laundrette and Venice Beach in California are just some of the places that were used a polling stations for last night’s US election which saw Barack Obama win a second term in office.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 at 12:09 pm

If Mitt Romney wins, what will the world get?, Notebook

If Mitt Romney wins, what will the world get?

I voted last week (via absentee ballot) for Obama and I still think he will win. He could ruin his chances completely if while visiting the storm damaged East Coast he steps on a puppy. It could happen, he ate dog as a child in Indonesia, and according to some blogs he still drinks the blood of a poodle every morning.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 5 November 2012 at 5:44 pm

Mitt Romney is wrong. It’s not 47% of Americans who are dependent on the government, it’s 100%, Notebook

Mitt Romney is wrong. It’s not 47% of Americans who are dependent on the government, it’s 100%

The leaked tape of Mitt Romney speaking at a private donors function has, it’s fair to say, caused something of a stir since being released last week. The most important remarks made by Romney in the tape are that 47% of the American public ‘believe that they are victims’ and are ‘dependent on the government’.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 4:50 pm

Voters are ready to discuss climate change, but are the candidates talking?, Notebook

Voters are ready to discuss climate change, but are the candidates talking?

You’d be forgiven for believing that American voters don’t care about climate change. After all, studies have suggested that reducing carbon emissions ranks at the bottom of the public’s priorities: who has time to deal with a future catastrophe when the Pentagon needs planes, ASAP?

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 at 2:00 am

1998 redux: Romney channels spirit of Gingrich with Ryan but loses election, Opinion

1998 redux: Romney channels spirit of Gingrich with Ryan but loses election

Fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lynam was fond of a poll that showed that 68% of Americans thought foreign aid spending was too high, while only 59% believed it should be cut.

By | Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 11:43 am

Why did the Supreme Court deliver President Obama an unexpected favour?, Notebook

Why did the Supreme Court deliver President Obama an unexpected favour?

It is a little over a week since the US Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment on President Obama’s signature policy achievement in office so far, the Affordable Care Act, which extends medical insurance coverage to additional tens of millions of Americans as well as covering those with pre-existing conditions.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 6 July 2012 at 3:34 pm

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