Americas

(another) $680m US fund for Israel’s Iron Dome

The Associated Press – ARABNEWS WASHINGTON: A House panel is boosting money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system by $680 million amid an election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama is doing enough for the longtime Mideast ally. The Republican-controlled Armed Services Committee, which begins crafting a fiscal 2013 […]

For I.M.F., Pledges, and Demands, Are Rolling In

WASHINGTON — Major emerging powers stood ready Friday to pledge money to bolster the International Monetary Fund’s crisis-fighting war chest, though Brazil was holding out for promises that the bloc’s voting power would increase at the global lender. Russia said Thursday that the Group of 20leading advanced and emerging economies […]

Ashley Judd Has Grit

She first appeared on my radar after starring in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Judd played her Tennessee Williams-type role with an elegant, uniquely Southern neurosis. Throughout the film, human frailty seeped from every pore. I gained even more respect for her after reading her biography. Getting knocked around in […]