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Celebrating Women’s History, One Month at a Time

By Karla Goldman

Each March, “Women’s History Month” is officially celebrated, offering a relatively random opportunity to focus for a short period of time on a historical experience that remains largely invisible in mainstream histories. Arbitrary as the celebration may be, those who take full advantage of a commemorative month like this often learn howRead More


‘Lieberman Democrats’ Have No Place In an Opposition Party

By Ari Melber

Politicians of all stripes were outraged when news first broke about the Dubai port deal, but not Senator Joseph Lieberman. Declaring that it was “not yet” time to block the deal, Lieberman distinguished himself as one of the few legislators — and the only prominent Democrat — to support the Bush administration in the firestormRead More


Beware Victimhood Becoming French Jewry’s Identity

By Eric Frey

It was inspiring to see nearly 200,000 people out on the streets of Paris and other French cities last weekend, protesting the grisly torture and murder of a young Jewish man at the hands of a gang of mostly Muslim immigrants. The massive public outcry against antisemitism, led by some of France’s leading politicians, echoed the famed 1990 marchRead More


Sanction Palestinian Moderation By Imposing Moderate Sanctions

By Martin Van Creveld

In 1994, I had the good fortune of being present when the former president of South Africa, F. W. DeKlerk, claimed with a laugh that his country had successfully avoided the sanctions imposed on it by the United Nations. Seen from where he sat in Pretoria, he may well have spoken the truth.Those hardest hit by the sanctions were mostRead More


When Good News Is Bad News

By Gus Tyler

Across the country, the value of homes has been on the rise. That’s the good news. As the worth of homes rises in value, so, too, do taxes. That’s the bad news. How does this all work out?Let’s consider today’s most dramatic case — namely California, the most populous state in the union.The value of land skyrocketed, especially the valueRead More


Words Won’t Save Sudan

By Leonard Fein

Donald Rumsfeld, our misguided defense secretary, told the Council on Foreign Relations the other day that the United States is deficient in its public relations. He proposed a number of remedies, such as the rapid deployment of “the best military communications capabilities to new theaters of operation” and the development and executionRead More


Why the GOP Can’t Convert the Jewish Vote

By Eric Uslaner and Mark Lichbach

American Jews should not be surprised by the political divorce between televangelist Pat Robertson and his supporters in Israel. Even as President Bush courted the Jewish vote in 2004, Jews remained loyal to the Democratic Party, to a large degree out of fear of the religious right.Robertson recently said on his television program,Read More


For Gay Palestinians, Tel Aviv Is Mecca

By Kathleen Peratis

Al-Fatiha — which calls itself the principal international organization promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Arabs — is located not in Beirut or Cairo, but in Washington, D.C. And no wonder: The international movement for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hardly exists inside the MuslimRead More


A Wandering People, Redefining Final Resting Place

By Bethamie Horowitz

Jews are, as the epithet goes, a wandering people, and today we are among the most mobile Americans. Modern technology may have made it much easier to stay in touch across great distances, but our far-flung experience still poses challenges — challenges that have, quite literally, grave consequences.Take, for example, Michael, a 50-somethingRead More


Comparative Disadvantage

By Gus Tyler

In German, the word Volkswagen means “people’s wagon.” For many years, it was exactly that. It was a car aimed at serving popular needs, produced by a company that worked very closely with German autoworkers’ unions. However, despite its historic concern for consumers and workers, Volkswagen this month announced plans to cut some 20,000Read More





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