Secretary of State Clinton at the U.N. Security Council today, listening to the Syrian ambassador.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Sundown: Thank God Syria Has Russia

Plus more settlements prompt more U.S. words, and more

by
Marc Tracy
January 31, 2012
Secretary of State Clinton at the U.N. Security Council today, listening to the Syrian ambassador.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Right now, most of the world is confronting Russia for blocking meaningful U.N. Security Council action to save the people of Syria. [NYT]

• A State Department spokesperson criticized an Israeli announcement of new West Bank settlement-building. [Haaretz]

• The Mossad head has recently had secret meetings with top U.S. officials on Iran. It’s not clear if we are supposed to know this (though it’s not exactly shocking, either). [Haaretz]

• The story of Bernie Fine, the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, takes a turn for the even-more-tawdry. [ESPN]

• Israel sent the Muslim Brotherhood a note of cautious congratulations on its success in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. [Arutz Sheva]

• Jewcy’s Jason Diamond reviews Ben Marcus’s new, super-Jewy novel, The Flame Alphabet. [NPR]

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, whose The Law in These Parts, a documentary about the West Bank legal system, just won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary, made a short “Op-Doc” for the Times.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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