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Food Fight

By Gus Tyler

With each passing day, the heat seemed to be rising in the run-up to this fall’s midterm election. Every hot-button issue on the public agenda, from gay marriage to the estate tax, seems to offer another opportunity for one side or the other — mostly the other, if you ask us — to reject compromise and play to its base. ItRead More


Looking for God At Auschwitz

By Leonard Fein

Pope Benedict XVI, visiting Auschwitz, did not say what Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League says he should have said. “We are surprised, upset and sad,” Foxman said. “He talked about the universal dimension of the Holocaust in the world’s largest Jewish cemetery, and he did not talk about the specific policy against the Jews. SoRead More


America the Feeble

By Eric Frey

When President Bush arrives in Vienna on June 22 for the annual summit between the European Union and the United States, he will meet smiling politicians in the conference rooms and see angry-looking citizens on the streets.On the political level, European-American relations are perhaps the best they’ve been since Bush entered the White House:Read More


Beating the Organ Donor Taboo

By Elaine Berg

More than 400,000 people living in the United States today are organ transplant recipients. These are people who, without the gift of life from others, would not have been given a second chance.Others are not so fortunate. Despite the improved success rates of transplants, an average of 6,200 people die each year because of an ongoing shortageRead More


History’s Paradoxes

By Boris Sandler

Eighty years ago, on May 25, 1926, Ukrainian folk hero Simon Petlura was shot to death in Paris. The assassination was planned and executed by Jewish folk hero Sholom Schwartzbard.Why bring up today these two opposing characters, whose peoples have lived together for hundreds of years? Just for the anniversary? And who were they, the victim, SimonRead More


What If There Is a Partner?

By Leonard Fein

Last week’s statement by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, was the first time — the first time ever — that Palestinians have seized an imaginative and potentially constructive diplomatic initiative. Abbas gave Hamas 10 days, until June 4, to accept the specific proposals of what has come to be known as “theRead More


Convergence Toward Peace

By Gidon Remba

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s inaugural visit to Washington last week has brought out, in full force, the nattering nabobs of negativism. A host of critics, from former president Jimmy Carter on the left to former CIA chief James Woolsey on the right, are protesting that Olmert’s gambit to consolidate settlers behind Israel’s WestRead More


British Jewry Turns 350 (Or So Goes the Myth)

By Eliane Glaser

The British Jewish community is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, just a year after America’s Jews observed three-and-a-half centuries in the country. This month a special service will be held at Britain’s oldest synagogue. In September, London’s Trafalgar Square will host a festival devoted to Jewish history andRead More


Anti-sex Campaign Abstains Only From Scientific Truths

By Kathleen Peratis

To you and me, an ATM is a cash machine. To America’s religious conservatives, ATM stands for the “Abstinence ‘Til Marriage” pledge — and it, too, is a cash machine.The federal government funds abstinence-only programs in public schools to the tune of $165 million annually. If the Bush administration has its way on a pending budgetRead More


On Our Very Own Streets

By Leonard Fein

Yes, there’s Iraq and Iran and Hamas and Fatah. There’s gas prices and NSA and CIA and the stock market. There are typhoons and volcanic eruptions and soon, again, hurricanes. There’s Darfur and taxes, the morning-after pill and the essay by Mearsheimer and Walt, and that’s quite enough for the moment, thank you very much.But there’sRead More


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