Newsweek July 31, 2013

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the candidate of change

When Barack Obama made history in November 2008, Nitzan Horowitz, then covering the campaign for Israel’s Channel 10, had a front-row seat. If Horowitz has his way, he too will make history this October: the left-wing Knesset member is vying to become the first gay mayor of become the first gay mayor of Tel Aviv indeed, the first openly gay mayor of any big city in the Middle East. “I’ve been active in the gay community for many years, but I want to be the mayor of everyone-gay and straight, Jewish and Arab, secular and religious,” Horowitz, 48, tells me at his office in the Knesset. Like most Knesset members, Horowitz is dressed casually, wearing a powder blue buttondown and jeans. On his desk sits a framed picture of him with…

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let it bee

Unless you’re a Pacific Northwesterner or have a thing for bowtie-wearing, bicycle-riding lawmakers, you may never have heard of U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer-a Democrat who represents the city of Portland in my home state, Oregon. Likewise, you might never have heard of Rep. John Conyers, who represents Detroit; he is better known than Blumenauer, but still not exactly a household name outside of D.C. or Michigan. However, if you like almonds, avocados, apples, cranberries, and a good percentage of the rest of the food you eat every day, you should be cheering this duo. Earlier this month, Blumenauer and Conyers introduced a bill intended to rescue America’s increasingly endangered bees-not because they are cute and fuzzy but because an enormous number of foods are dependent on pollination by them (as well…

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pray-day loans

The leader of the Anglican Church is shifting his sights from the ecumenical to the economical: Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, recently put forward an intriguing proposal that would closely link the Church of England to credit unions. Under the plan, credit unions would be permitted to operate out of church buildings, and church volunteers would be encouraged to work with the financial cooperatives. The ultimate goal? To help British citizens who are in fiscal difficulty avoid the astronomical interest rates of subprime lenders and payday loans. Indeed, Welby revealed last week that he had confronted the head of Wonga-a British payday-loan company-and warned him that he would try to shut his business down. “I said to him quite bluntly that ‘we’re not in the business of trying to legislate…

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like father ...

This may be-finally-the twilight of Silvio Berlusconi’s political life. But as Italians await news of whether the three-time prime minister will be banned from public office, having been charged with tax evasion and paying an underage prostitute, memorably named Ruby the Heart Stealer, another Berlusconi is waiting in the wings. Marina Berlusconi, his eldest child and the most powerful woman in Italy, is the heir apparent of his media empire, and she may be his political scion as well. At 46, she has already proven herself to be a shrewd businesswoman, steadily steering her father’s holding company, Fininvest, and his publishing empire, Mondadori, through the economic crisis. She has her father’s charm-and his persistence. She married a ballet dancer whom she spotted on stage at La Scala, using her influence…

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goal oriented

On Sunday, July 28, when the final whistle blew, two dozen members of the U.S. men’s national soccer team rushed the pitch at Soldier Field in Chicago. The U.S. had defeated Panama 1-0 to claim the Gold Cup-a tournament of North and Central American teams-for the first time since 2007. It was the 11th straight win for the team-a record. A few minutes later, a trim, blond man could be seen trotting onto the field, pumping his fist and smiling broadly. Jürgen Klinsmann, the legendary German player who took over the U.S. men’s team two years ago, had watched the game from a box above the field. Late in the semifinal game against Honduras, long after it had been wrapped up, Klinsmann had been ejected for furiously protesting a noncall. Klinsmann, 49,…

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baghdad’s man inside the beltway

In an empty but ornately decorated reception room in a building on Washington’s embassy row, the new Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., Lukman Faily, is making what, charitably, might be described as a rather tough case: Iraq, he says, is still a good investment for America-and America should get more involved. It’s an argument Faily recently proposed in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, writing, “Though most Americans probably believe that Iraqis are fed up with the U.S., the truth is that Iraqis appreciate what the U.S. has done and are looking for more U.S. involvement-not more sacrifice of blood and treasure, but more diplomatic, political, trade, investment and economic partnership.” Such partnerships fall under his purview, having just moved into what is arguably the second-most important posting for an…