4 June 2009 0 Comments

Obama’s speech: the view from Jerusalem

President Barack Obama spelled out what he expects of the Israeli government in his Cairo speech, issuing a challenge that most commentators here believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no way of meeting [I wrote on Global Post today]. Obama’s speech, carried live on all three main Israeli television stations, made clear his firm opposition […]

28 May 2009 0 Comments

Global Post: Bibi in a corner

Obama presses Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop building in West Bank settlements. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost May 26, 2009 JERUSALEM — One morning late last week, Israeli Border Police showed up at Maoz Esther, an outpost of Israeli settlers in the West Bank near Ramallah. They waited for a Bible study class […]

28 April 2009 0 Comments

Gaza gets the manure, but no one to spread it

Billions promised, but Gazans still waitingFour months on from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Palestinians have seen little of the money pledged for reconstruction. By Matt Beynon Rees, on Global Post. RAMALLAH — Money, wrote the English philosopher Francis Bacon, is like manure: of very little use unless it is spread. Since an international aid […]

23 March 2009 0 Comments

The New (Foreign) Journalism

The New York Times features me in an article published this weekend about Global Post, the new foreign news website. As the Times explains, Global Post is intended to replace all the foreign news that’s no longer produced by US newspapers, magazines and tv channels — because those media “cut costs” and fired everyone. I’ve […]

4 March 2009 0 Comments

Madame Secretary, when will we have peace? And bathroom breaks?

By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPostPublished: March 4, 2009 15:25 ET RAMALLAH — The further back you are in a motorcade, the more bemused the expression on the faces of the pedestrians watching you speed by. When I passed them, the people of this Palestinian city stared with slack jaws, as though they wondered if […]