Dispatches From the Edge:Mid-East Tensions/Venezuela & the Media

By Conn Hallinan
Monday May 10, 2010 - 05:53:00 PM

Israeli charges that Syria has transferred Scud missiles to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, coupled with a sharp criticism of the Shiite organization’s arsenal by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, have measurably increased tensions in the Middle East. According to the Israeli daily, Haaretz Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed About Gheit said the Lebanese government was in a “complete panic” over the possibility of an attack by Tel Aviv. -more-

The Public Eye:Budrus: Good News from the West Bank

By Bob Burnett
Friday May 07, 2010 - 12:23:00 PM

I flinch every time I read a headline that includes the words Israel, Palestine, West Bank, or Gaza. Usually the articles contain horrific news: suicide bombs maiming Israeli civilians, troops dragging Palestinians off their ancestral lands, escalating anger and violence. At long last, the documentary film Budrus brings good news, a tiny ray of hope in what’s seemed to be an ocean of despair. -more-

Wild Neighbors: The Dog That Runs in the Rough Water

Joe Eaton
Friday May 07, 2010 - 11:38:00 AM
Oblivious Hawai'ian monk seal, Po'ipu Beach Park, Kaua'i.

The trick to spotting a Hawai’ian monk seal, according to Kaua’i-based naturalist David Kuhn, is to look for the orange plastic cones delimiting its space on the beach. -more-