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Joshua Greene, a Harvard psychologist turned moral philosopher, gets it right about at least one thing in Moral Tribes.  “This is an ambitious book,” he tells us on page five. Its goal? To find “a metamorality, a global philosophy that can adjudicate among competing tribal moralities”. So, an answer to all conflicts between the world's nations, cultures, religions and factions? As a reader, you can't help but wish him luck.

Yosef sits surrounded by Shas staff at a rally in 2002; he retained control over all party decisions

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Religious leader who became a kingmaker

To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a spiritual sage who empowered disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. To secular Israelis he was a medieval figure in flowing robes occasionally given to bizarre rants. But through his control of the Shas party Yosef wielded influence over all Israelis. His death leaves a vacuum that could see the party splinter, reshaping Israeli politics.

Tony Blair with the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the UN General Assembly in New York last month

Israel stifles Palestinian growth, says World Bank

Easing restrictions on land and labour could boost the West Bank’s GDP by 35 per cent

Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during his funeral in Jerusalem`

Hundreds of thousands crowd Jerusalem for funeral of leading scholar Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Yosef had suffered from a variety of medical ailments for several years

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the United Nations General Assembly

US cowardice will let Israel’s isolated right off the hook

The Likudists suddenly find that the whole world wants peace in the Middle East rather than war

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man after an attempt by EU diplomats to deliver aid to Palestinians remaining in Makhul

Rouhani’s Favourite Village: After erasing Makhul, Israel might see support from the US evaporate

The US is being torn between the old alliance with Israel and a conversation with Iran

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man after an attempt by EU diplomats to deliver aid to Palestinians remaining in Makhul

Theatre review: The Conquest of Happiness, Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry

You needed stamina for this one: two hours-plus without an interval, standing in the open air at an ex-military barracks in Derry-Londonderry, as rain clouds threatened and a stiffening breeze blew inland up the Foyle estuary.

Dalmanutha: Biblical town referred to in the Gospel of Mark may have been discovered by archaeologists

Ancient town has been found on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee

Palestinian schoolgirls in class

The big curriculum choice in East Jerusalem's occupied territory: Israeli or Palestinian?

Parents and pupils in occupied territory face a major dilemma

A picture of the in-flight map shown on the British Airways plane

British Airways apologises over 'Palestinian Territories' marker over Israel on in-flight map

British Airways has apologised for displaying an in-flight map with the words “Palestinian Territories” covering part of Israel.

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Colorado ousts gun control advocates

Support for suicide bombing in Muslim countries shows drop over last decade, PEW Research shows

Support for suicide bombing amongst Muslims from the Middle East to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has shown a dramatic drop over the last decade, research from 11 Muslim countries has shown.

Critics claim the new charter targets Muslims

Do not wear headscarves; do not wear crucifixes; do not question the syllabus: France’s school rules

Some Muslim critics condemn 15-point charter as a thinly veiled attack on Islam 

Syria crisis: European foreign ministers to urge John Kerry to delay US military action until UN weapons inspectors report back

European foreign ministers meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to urge the United States to hold off any military action in Syria until UN inspectors report on the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Latest peace talks between Israel and Palestinians are futile, says Mahmoud Abbas aide

Yasser Abed Rabbo says that the negotiations, which kicked off in late July after a three-year hiatus, have made no progress

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