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Tel Aviv Boils With Gang Violence

March 11, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Street in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (D Ramey Logan, CC-BY-SA, via wikipedia)

Street in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (D Ramey Logan, CC-BY-SA, via wikipedia)

According to a recent article, residents of Tel Aviv, tired of the life of violence they have endured for decades, are determined to make the latest peace initiative work.

The story must refer to the latest Rabin Square protest in favor of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace plan, right? Wrong.

The article is actually from The Gleaner, the Jamaican daily, and the Tel Aviv it refers to is a gang-ruled, violence-infested neighborhood in the capital city of Kingston. Apparently, members of rival gangs in the area are now sitting down and trying to work things out through the facilitation of the Kingston Central Police superintendent Victor Hamilton.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

How Nigella Got Her Groove Back

March 7, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Nigella Lawson's April Vogue cover (screenshot of detail)

Nigella Lawson’s April Vogue cover (screenshot of detail)

On the face of it, it would appear that Nigella Lawson has moved on since her annus horribilis. At least, it seems so from how she looks on the cover of the April issue of British Vogue.

In 2013, the celebrity chef and food writer was divorced from her husband, art collector Charles Saatchi and dealt with allegations of drug use that were part of the very public fraud trial of the Grillo sisters (Lawson admitted that she has used illegal substances). The Grillos, former employees of Lawson, were accused of racking up more than $1 million unauthorized charges on her credit cards, but were acquitted last December.

The new, more natural look Lawson, 54, sports on the cover and in the pages of Vogue signals that she is casting off the harshness of last year. Gone is that signature overly made-up look reminiscent of ‘60s sirens Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Ann-Margret, dubbed her “court face” by the British media.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Funny Seth Rogen Gets Serious in DC

February 27, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Actor Seth Rogan testifies on Capitol Hill. (YouTube screenshot)

Actor Seth Rogan testifies on Capitol Hill. (YouTube screenshot)

Seth Rogen appeared before a US Senate subcommittee on Wednesday to deliver a heartfelt plea for increased federal funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. The “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” actor struck just the right balance between off-color humor and serious candor in his testimony, using plenty of Yiddish to break the ice.

The only problem was that only two members of Congress bothered to stay to listen to him.

Rogen, 31, let it be known later during an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that he was extremely miffed by the decision of the majority of Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services members to absent themselves during his testimony. Only Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) showed up and stayed in their seats.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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