| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:30 AM
After completing his military service in Israel, Michael Mayer left his homeland in 1995 to attend film school at USC. After graduating, he made some short films and executive-produced a 2008 documentary, "Driving Men," that made the rounds of festivals....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:22 AM
Friday's Pictures in the News begins in Long Beach, where the final Boeing C-17 cargo jet for the U.S. Air Force takes off as observers look on during a ceremony. Delivery of the 223rd plane ends a 32-year relationship that has been an economic boon to...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 12:32 PM
BEIRUT — A high-ranking Syrian official called the U.S.-Russian agreement on securing Syria's chemical weapons a “victory” for President Bashar Assad's regime, but the U.S. warned that “the threat of force is real” if...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As millions of Roman Catholics rejoice in the news that two popes are being fast-tracked to sainthood, many Jews are smiling with them. Pope Francis has approved John XXIII and John Paul II for the church's supreme honor in a process that quick-stepped...
| Aug 4, 2013
Jesus not only saves; it turns out he also sells.
UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan's new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Like second marriages, attempts by the United States to promote a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians represent a triumph of hope over experience. But Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who has engaged in his own version of shuttle...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:46 PM
There were a number of disturbing findings in last week's poll by the Israeli Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, released just as negotiators were preparing to resume Middle East peace talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday. But one less-remarked-...
| Aug 8, 2013
Re "Another 'new' take on Jesus," Opinion, Aug. 4
Charlotte Allen justifiably criticizes Reza Aslan, author of the book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," for cherry-picking the New Testament to create an unoriginal argument to support...
| Aug 3, 2013
Re "Israelis and Palestinians to confront tough issues," July 31
It is disappointing that the United States continues to show unconditional support for Israel even when our ally violates international law and ignores U.N. resolutions condemning its...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 6:04 PM
The free-form documentary "The Gardener" takes acclaimed, exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Kandahar") and son Maysam to Israel to investigate the 170-year-old Bahai faith, which — although based in Haifa —has its roots in Persia....
| Jul 28, 2013
Re "Kaiser's rising premiums spark employer backlash," July 25
Why is HMO Kaiser Permanente raising its premiums through the roof?
In his book "Deadly Spin," former insurance company executive Wendell Potter wrote that the health insurance industry is...