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Radical Visions of A New Middle East

By Yossi Alpher

President Bush was not the first to introduce the term “new Middle East.” Shimon Peres preceded the American president by a decade. But Bush’s vision for a new Middle East — that aspiration to Arab reform and democracy that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was presumably referring to when, visiting Beirut at the height of the recent war, she incredibly described the scene as the “birth pangs of the new Middle East” — remains the presumed frame of reference for discussing possible changes in the region.Read More


Call War-weakened Leaders To a Second Madrid Conference

By Yossi Beilin

The fate of the Middle East, over which recent events in both Gaza and Lebanon cast a foreboding shadow, is dependent on five weak leaders.Read More


After the Dust of September 11 Has Settled

By Elizabeth Rosner

Late last month, the New-York Historical Society opened a unique exhibition dedicated to the September 11 attacks, called “Elegy in the Dust.” The installation’s focal point is the Chelsea Jeans Memorial, a downtown retail store turned shrine filled with the ash-covered apparel that was on sale that tragic day.Read More


Pressure Russia To Reveal Looted Art’s Heritage

By Marilyn Henry

The Russian government should make good on its nearly decade-old pledge to identify Nazi-looted art. For years, Russia’s efforts at identifying these artworks in its custody have been contemptible.Read More


Beware Government’s Creeping Censorship of Scientific Inquiry

By Lawrence Krauss

Since at least the end of World War II, the United States has arguably been the major center for advanced research in science and technology. This has been possible, at least in part, because many of the best and brightest students and scholars have come to study or carry out research at our world-class research universities and in our centers of industry.Read More


European Force for Lebanon Is a Feeble Mission

By Eric Frey

With European countries preparing to supply more than half of the 15,000 troops bound to keep the peace in southern Lebanon, the Old World is embarking on one of its biggest military endeavours since 1945. The Lebanon mission will formally be under the United Nations umbrella, but European leaders see it as a chance to prove that Europe can hold its own as a global actor, and perhaps even become a counterweight to American dominance.Read More


Regional Peace Requires Troops For Palestine

By Bernard Avishai

‘How can Israeli soldiers fight a 10-year-old boy who wants to die? Or a teenager at the wheel of an exploding truck, smiling because he knows that in 10 seconds he will be in Heaven? This is the generation I am afraid of!”Read More


Consumer Demand Drove Adoption of Glatt Standard

By Menachem Genack

In an August 18 opinion article, Marc Shapiro takes the Orthodox Union to task for, over the last 30 years, having “adopted a new standard in kashrut, one that defines only glatt kosher as acceptable” (“glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out to Be”). The era that Shapiro laments as having passed, however, was unfortunately one frequently rife with fraud.Read More


Spread The Good News

By Leonard Fein

‘Summertime,” Gershwin used to say, “and the livin’ is easy.” Not the summer of 2006, though.Read More


Quit the Canard That American Policy Advances Israeli Security

By Daniel Levy

Rejection of hubris has become the defining characteristic of the post-Lebanon war mood and debate in Israel. That is understandable.Read More





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