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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


Held in Contempt

By Leonard Fein

Excuse me: You support our troops, don’t you?Of course you do. We all do, whether or not we go the bumper sticker route. Those of us who want them home before nightfall support them not less than those of us who want them to have better body armor; those of us who supported the war support them as do those of us who opposedRead More


A Lesson In Protesting Insulting Cartoons

By Edward Koch and Rafael Medoff

As mobs throughout the Muslim world assaulted European targets in response to the publication of caricatures of Muhammad, an Iranian government newspaper offered its own bizarre response to the controversy by announcing a contest for cartoons mocking the Holocaust.In their fevered imagination, the Iranians believe they will expose a doubleRead More


Bush’s Budget Works Against Americans

By Simon Greer and Bruce Raynor

After five straight budgets that have made the lives of working people more difficult, few among us expected this year to be any different. Earlier this month, President Bush met our diminished expectations when he unveiled his 2007 fiscal year budget.As in previous years, the president’s budget cuts funding forRead More





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