Linda Gradstein - AOL News
JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials feel vindicated after Judge Richard Goldstone retracted part of his harsh criticism of Israel's conduct in Gaza two years ago, and have launched a major diplomatic effort to get the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone Report.
"I found it hard to believe that Judge Goldstone, a Jew and even a Zionist, could have really believed that Israel would deliberately target Palestinian civilians," Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon told a group of journalists, including AOL News, by phone. "He must have been influenced by Arab propaganda."
Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
In 20th century America, sports became the great equalizer, a chance for athletes to meet in a context outside of inequality, away from discrimination.
But meeting that lofty goal required sportsmen and women to break down barriers, to convince the public through deed, and sometimes word, of their worth and ability. It also required teams and owners and facilitators, who enabled integration and discouraged racism in the stands, among fans.
As World Cup 2010 frenzy begins, turn, for a moment, to an unlikely Jackie Robinson in a Diadora jacket, bouncing a soccer ball on his knee.