Irwin Arieff

Irwin Arieff is a veteran writer and editor with extensive experience writing about international diplomacy and food, cooking and restaurants. Before leaving daily journalism in 2007, he was a Reuters correspondent for 23 years, serving in senior posts in Washington, Paris and New York as well as at the United Nations. He also wrote restaurant reviews for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper in the 1980s and 1990s with his wife, Deborah Baldwin.
July 3, 2014 
It must be a drag to live in a strict Islamist regime: the legal system stems entirely from Islamic — sharia — law, in which adulterers are stoned to death, thieves have their hands chopped off, and the renunciation of Islam, or apostasy, is punishable by death. Liberal democracy? Gender equality and women’s rights? …
May 8, 2014 
Blue Olive salad bar
At the Blue Olive Market, a new casual restaurant and carryout service in the United Nations neighborhood, you can be out the door in minutes with a lunch of rack of lamb — four lovely rare-cooked chops — along with two vegetable side dishes, all for the princely sum of $13.95. The market, on …
March 26, 2014 
Xi Jinping of China
The United States and Japanese military held joint war games in California in February, practicing how to invade and take back an island seized by hostile forces. While they didn’t say whose forces they were worried about, the drill was one more sign of growing global fears that China’s People’s Liberation Army may soon …
February 28, 2014 
Flourless chocolate cake at Paname restaurant
At Paname, a new restaurant that bears the French slang name for Paris, it’s not just about what’s cooking but making it good looking too. A bit of a hike from the UN, just north of 56th Street on Second Avenue, Paname offers a $20 prix-fixe lunch. If you can spare the time for …
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
January 12, 2014 
Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani prime minister who was killed by a teenage suicide bomber in 2008.
Why write a whodunit when you can’t say who done it? This is the challenging task undertaken by Heraldo Muñoz, a veteran Chilean diplomat and United Nations official, in his new book, “Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan.” In 2009, the UN asked Muñoz to head an investigation …
December 3, 2013 
Pennylane Coffee
Has the United Nations never had a hangout? It does now. Drop by Pennylane Coffee just about any time of day and you’ll see that nearly everyone is sporting the blue UN badge. The storefront bears no name or street number, so take a walk down 45th Street between First and Second Avenues and …
November 17, 2013 
Afghan women sorting pistachios in Herat
Karima Bennoune grew up in Algeria in the 1990s, a dark period when the country was riven by Muslim fundamentalist violence and a repressive military dictatorship that responded to the fundamentalist threat with its own campaign of terror. Her father, Mahfoud Bennoune, an intellectual and outspoken critic of both the authorities and the fundamentalists …
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
October 23, 2013 
Coffee urns in UN cafeteria
  Good news for the captive followers of the United Nations cafeteria: Help may be on the way. The UN is selecting a new outfit to run its food services in New York, including the main cafeteria, the Delegates Dining Room and the catering of outside events held in the private rooms clustered around …
October 9, 2013 
Grilling tandoori chicken
One of the great things about New York’s restaurant scene is its diversity. You don’t have to look very far to find seductive fare from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa — not to mention New Orleans, Cape Cod and Texas. So why is it that when you’re looking for lunch …
September 15, 2013 
Masq Restaurant and Lounge
At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the …
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
July 3, 2013 
Demonstration against land confiscation, Beit Ummar
  You shouldn’t need a book to tell you that the Palestinians have gotten pretty much zilch out of the Middle East peace process. So readers of “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East” are unlikely to be astonished by what they find there. The core argument of …
July 1, 2013 
Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan
Thai fast food in Midtown: Five words that conjure up soggy stir-fries aging on steam tables or bland fusion fodder. But Dee Daa, a perky place that just opened on East 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, is actually turning out tasty dishes cooked largely to order and pretty much in the spirit …
May 7, 2013 
Good To Go apple sausage and veggie chili
When I ordered a cup of “natural veggie chili” at Good to Go Organics the other day, the friendly, aim-to-please counterman told me I would never guess it was vegetarian. “Customers are always asking me if I gave them the beef chili by accident,” he said. “It tastes so meaty.” But that wasn’t the …

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