Editorial


Human Rights Dodge

Human Rights Watch, the New York-based watchdog group, released its annual World Report this week, and it makes for a grim read. Reviewing conditions in 58 countries around the globe, the 558-page report is a litany of dictatorships that torture dissenters, use rape and mutilation as political strategies and murder their own citizensRead More


How Not To Fight Terror

The two Palestinians who blew themselves up in downtown Tel Aviv last Sunday, killing 22 innocent victims and wounding more than 100, were identified by their handlers this week as young men from the West Bank city of Nablus, Burak Hilsa and Samar A-Nuri. According to a statement from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Fatah offshoot that claimedRead More


Don’t Cut Outreach

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations owes everyone a better explanation than the one it offered for its decision to lay off its corps of regional outreach directors. The Reform union says the elimination of the coordinators, who work with synagogues and individuals to bring interfaith families into Judaism, was just one of many painfulRead More


To the Poor and Needy

There isn’t much that’s been left unsaid about President Bush’s new economic plan, a misbegotten mixture of giveaways to the rich and pittances to working families that barely addresses the economy’s pressing need for stimulus and jobs.Last Tuesday, the day that the president unveiled his $674 billion plan in a speech in Chicago, theRead More


The Tin Badge

After a year of bold talk about rogue states, weapons of mass destruction and America’s superpower duties, it seems the Bush administration may have painted itself into a corner. That global policeman’s shield is starting to look like little more than a tin badge.It was just last September that the administration, in a sweeping newRead More


The Tin Badge II

The downward spiral of the West Bank and Gaza into ungovernable chaos, as reported by our Ori Nir on Page 1, serves as a reminder that America doesn’t have a monopoly on populist bluster and unintended consequences. By insisting on remaining in control of the territories it captured in 1967, whether because it hasn’t found a partner to receiveRead More


Nelson's Life and Limb

Word around the federal courthouse in Brooklyn is that Lemrick Nelson is going to appeal his conviction in the killing of Yankel Rosenbaum on the basis of double jeopardy.Read More


Nelson's Jeopardy

It’s going to be illuminating to see how the civil rights community reacts to one of the defenses Lemrick Nelson is likely to raise against charges that he violated the civil right of Yankel Rosenbaum in killing him during the Crown Heights riot.Read More





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