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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


In Search of a Liberating ‘Jewish Mystique’

By David Klinghoffer

Since Betty Friedan’s death I’ve found myself wishing that the cause I care about most had a voice like hers to speak for us.That cause is traditional Judaism — which, among many others things to recommend it, offers a wiser and ultimately more humane vision of womanhood than does feminism. Indeed, women under 45 or so have mostly seenRead More


Knowing What We Don’t Know

By Leonard Fein

Here’s a puzzle, a small piece of a much larger set of nagging issues that bubbles just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives: On December 23, 2005, Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor of The New Republic, asserted in The Wall Street Journal that “Israeli officials were lukewarm about the war [in Iraq] from the outset, being farRead More


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