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Rouhani Flaunts Nuke Breach; Weiner Gets A Play

Plus Israeli brain drain rates top in the West, and more in the news

by
Stephanie Butnick
October 08, 2013
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani arrives at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, on September 28, 2013. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani arrives at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, on September 28, 2013. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

• Look, it’s Iranian President Hassan Rouhani admitting proudly in a filmed interview that in his role as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005, he oversaw violations of the Tehran Declaration, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear pledge. [Times of Israel]

• Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are scheduled to meet today in Washington, D.C. to talk about security concerns in the region (See: bullet one). [JTA]

• With Israeli professors and researchers leaving to teach in other countries in increasingly large numbers, a new study shows the country’s emigration rate of researchers to be the highest in the West. [Haaretz]

• New Yorkers, The Weiner Monologues is heading to an Off Off Broadway stage near you. The play reframes the Anthony Weiner saga as a Greek tragedy, and leaves us wondering what took so long. [NYT]

• More than half a million people attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral in Jerusalem yesterday. Those who didn’t can buy polo shirts and baseball tees with his likeness screenprinted on them. [CafePress]

• Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder sits down for an interview with a delightfully starstruck Judd Apatow. [Guardian]

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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