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And in Other News, Darfur

By Leonard Fein

Suddenly, overload.Here, the president permits spying on American citizens. In the West Bank, Hamas scores big in local elections.Here, the prospect of a major shift in the Supreme Court. In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls the Holocaust “a myth,” says that Israel is “a tumor” that “must be wiped off the map.”Here, the ripplesRead More


Europe Must Act in Union To Influence Iran

By Antonio Ferrari

This week Great Britain, France and Germany resumed talks with Iran over its nuclear program. All eyes are now watching whether the European Union, when it comes to Middle Eastern affairs, can play and not just pay.For the first time in its short history, the E.U. has a real opportunity to play a crucial political role in the region. This timeRead More


The Outrageous Silence Of George W. Bush

By Teresa Heinz Kerry

In calling the Holocaust “a myth,” as he did last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has drunk from the bloody cup shared by the malevolent enemies of equality and justice, the ultra right-wingers and haters who live in history’s shadows.Need it be said, again? The gas chambers, the bureaucratic system of murder, the effortsRead More


Torturous Explanations

By Leonard Fein

There’s a sometime sense that Condoleezza Rice is, well, different from the others. She’s not as malignant as Dick Cheney nor as arrogant as Donald Rumsfeld, not as mendacious as Alberto Gonzales nor as sinister as Karl Rove. Her patron, the cheerleader-in-chief, gives her room to run and she runs hard; she is a respectable andRead More


Austria Comes to Terms With Its Past

By Stuart Eizenstat

Last week, after a federal judge in New York dismissed the last major Holocaust restitution case against the government of Austria and several private Austrian corporations, Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel told President Bush that he was declaring “legal peace.” The Austrian leader then called me and said in emotional terms that it was aRead More


The Danger of Arab Democracy

By Yossi Alpher

This week, Iraqis were set to go to the polls to elect a new parliament. At least two of the radical Islamist parties on the ballot, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Sadr Organization, maintain large and active militias.In Lebanon, elections a few months ago returned HezbollahRead More


Open a Secular Door to Judaism

By Leonard Fein

When the bomb was thrown 22 years ago, many were aghast: Surely it would lead to an irreparable schism in the Jewish people. Even within the Reform Jewish movement, from which the explosive decision known as “patrilineal descent” had emanated, there were cautionary voices.The Reform rabbinate in Israel, as also Reform Hillel rabbis here inRead More


Sea of Distrust Watering Down Euro-Mediterranean Ties

By Eric Frey

As soon as European monitors took up their positions at the newly opened Rafah checkpoint last month, European Union diplomats started speaking of a new chapter in the difficult relationship between Israel and Europe. Not surprisingly, the honeymoon ended barely after it had begun.The leak last week of a controversial E.U. report, which heapedRead More


Laboring for Social Welfare Limited by An Open Economy

By Ephraim Kleiman

By speaking out loudly against the rise of economic inequality and the spread of poverty in Israel, newly elected Labor Party leader Amir Peretz has brought about a major shift in the country’s public agenda, away from the security matters that have dominated debate in Israel for so long. Some unspecified anti-poverty measures were supposedly inRead More


Jewishness Gets Americanized, Lox, Schlock and Pickle Barrel

By Bethamie Horowitz

Of late, ethnic Jewishness in America seems to have taken on some new flavors. Consider the bagel.Today, in addition to the traditional poppy seed and onion, one hears about heretical varieties like blueberry, rainbow and parmesan. And what’s more, these bagels now seem to be available everywhere around the nation, whereas evenRead More


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