Forward Forum

The Limitations of Liberal Pluralism

By David Klinghoffer

I had an opportunity last weekend to take a mental snapshot of the Jewish liberal species at Limmud New York, a learning conference held at the Friar Tuck Convention Center in Catskill, N.Y. Of some 900 people present for the beautifully organized smorgasbord of presentations on religious, political and other topics, I was probably one of about five Republicans. I was also among the 100 or so speakers.Read More

There Is No Place To Hide Iraq’s Slain

By Leonard Fein

This war in Iraq, which began as a lie, now continues as an illusion. The bloody deception is long since revealed, the pathetic perjuries by now grown stale.Read More

The Case for Carter

By Yossi Beilin

What President Carter says in his new book about the Israeli occupation and our treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories — and perhaps no less important, how he says it — is entirely harmonious with the kind of criticism that Israelis themselves voice about their own country.Read More

Sharon Warned Bush

By Yossi Alpher

Sometime prior to March 2003, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told President Bush privately in no uncertain terms what he thought about the Iraq plan. Sharon’s words — revealed here for the first time — constituted a friendly but pointed warning to Bush.Read More

Balkan Tolerance Worth Its Weight in Euros

By Edward Serotta

The first time I visited Bulgaria was in the winter of 1985. As the overnight train from Istanbul lumbered through the country, the only thing I saw in abundance were statues to “Our Soviet Liberators.”Read More

Save Darfur, Sure, but Also Worry About Iran

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

In the past month I have been to more than a dozen Jewish communities, and everywhere I go I see signs and wristbands that say “Save Darfur.” Time and again I am touched that our people understand that tikkun olam includes taking care of others.Read More

The Minimum-wage Trap

By Gus Tyler

The Democratic Party faces a dilemma. It’s with the pending legislation on minimum wage, one of the six items the party promised to enact in its first 100 days in power. For 10 years now, the minimum wage has been unchanged and is steadily losing purchasing power. This is because of the Republican control of Congress, beginning in the early years of the Clinton administration. The GOP has long opposed a federal minimum wage, arguing that wages should be determined by the “market” and not by legislation.Read More

Rebranding Israel Won’t Get Rid of Corruption

By Leonard Fein

If, as the Democrats charged during the recent election campaign, the Republicans in Congress created “a culture of corruption,” what shall we say about the cultural climate in Israel? When God brought the flood, it was because He “saw how corrupt the earth was.” The Hebrew word for “corruption” is “shchitah”; from the same root, we have the word “shochet,” slaughterer.Read More

All the Good Guys Are Dead, Mr. President

By Jim Sleeper

“It’s almost a war without a home front,” journalist Bob Woodward told Time magazine just before Christmas. “Taxes are down, everyone’s buying…. There is a sense almost that we’re not at war. I can’t explain that phenomenon.”Read More

My 75 Years at the Forward, From East Broadway to the Blogosphere

By Gus Tyler

This issue is the first of 2007, the Forward’s 110th anniversary year. It is a personal landmark for me, too: the 75th anniversary of my own association with the Forward. Over the years, I’ve gone from a young editorial assistant to a senior commentator. I’ve worked in print, broadcast and now on the Internet, riding the successive waves of the media age. Looking back, I’m struck by the evolution I have witnessed in the communications media and the resulting changes in our American democracy.Read More

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