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It's here ... the moment we've all been waiting for: The night we don our top hats, monocles and tiaras, and celebrate the world's most prestigious competition-based or non-celebrity reality TV stars. The 2014 Oskarz! Read More

 
The conflict in the Holy Land has been painted as an unsolvable religious dispute. But is there more to the story? Read More
 

This article is part of the article "Is Peace Possible?"

In 2008, I thought I had a pretty good idea where my life was headed—and frankly, it did not involve the Middle East.

But when a respected mentor asked me to attend a conference in Jordan, which would be taught by Christians from the region, I decided to go. Read More

 

As part of a new round of peace talks, Israel has released a second group of Palestinian prisoners. The move to free the 26 individuals has been met with outrage among many Israelis, as they were convicted of terrorism and killing Isreali citizens. In Gaza and the West Bank, where the men are largely viewed as heroes who fought for independence, the release sparked large celebrations. The new peace negotiations from leaders in both regions, recently brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, called for 104 prisoners to be released in the coming months. Following the prisoner release, which has been widely criticized in his country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the construction of new settlements in East Jerusalem, something Palestinian leaders have sharply criticized. It is unclear if the announcement of the 1,500 new homes will negatively affect the peace talks at this point … Discuss

 

The Obama administration has organized new meetings that bring Israeli and Palestinian officials together in an effort to renew peace talks. Last night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner after a day-long fast observed by Muslims during Ramadan, which was the first time the two sides have sat down face-to-face in nearly three years. The talks between representatives from both regions will continue throughout the day at the State Department. Kerry said that with the help of Martin Indyk, a former envoy who has helped orchestrate peace talks in the past, U.S. officials are hopeful that the two sides can make progress: "[Indyk] understands that Israeli-Palestinian peace will not come easily and it will not happen overnight. But he also understands that there is now a path forward and we must follow that path with urgency. He understands that to ensure that lives are not needlessly lost, we have to ensure that opportunities are not needlessly lost" … Discuss