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While the Jewish Community Watches, Survivors Suffer

By Roman Kent

Throughout the last half century, as Jewish communities have raised large sums of money for various philanthropic causes, I cannot remember a single organization that has not used the theme of Holocaust survivors as a means of raising funds. We did not mind because the funds raised were for good causes. We believed that if the memoryRead More


Between an Ax And a Scalpel

By Leonard Fein

There’s a reason the Left (or the liberals or the progressives, or whatever nom de guerre you prefer) seems so bereft of a positive agenda. The Right, by and large, knows precisely what it seeks to accomplish. It seeks to dismantle government. It wants to privatize medical care, and social security, and our prisons, and even a hefty part of our military. In order to do that, it either legislates privatization or asserts spending caps that effectively destroy existing programs.Read More


Weapons of Mass Deception

By Patrick Clawson

With all the attention to Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission and the fighting in Iraq, it’s been easy to overlook the explosive news about Iran’s nuclear program. In early April, Iran announced it will start building a “research” reactor which just so happens to be of the right design and sizeRead More


Home Is Where the Heart Isn’t

By Alisa Solomon

Estelle N’Gambi came to New York from Zambia four years ago to take a position as a live-in nanny with a family in Yonkers. She labored 18 hours a day, seven days a week, earning only $250 a month — and she had to sleep on the floor.N’Gambi’s story is an all too familiar one for domestic workers here in the land of opportunity.Read More


Europe’s Media Echo Chamber

By Amnon Rubinstein

An unexpected event has taken place in the European media: Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, the highly influential Paris weekly, rebuked his colleagues for the manner in which they cover suicide terrorism. “All of the media outlets in France, and there are many, condemn terror and extremist fundamentalism, but the same mediaRead More


All Who Are Hungry, Come Eat

It’s customary at holiday-time for the press to bombard the public with heartwarming stories about unfortunate souls unable to share in the joy. The message is invariably about the difference one charitable individual can make in the life of one poor kid.It’s a necessary ritual, helping to fund those charities that step in when societyRead More


Victims, Born and Unborn

No children, born or otherwise, will be protected by the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act that President Bush signed into law last week. The new measure is a legal trifle that makes it a crime to harm a fetus during the commission of another federal crime. The presumed logic of the bill is that terrorists, drug kingpins andRead More


Mr. Sharon Goes To Washington

By Leonard Fein

Beg your pardon? A referendum of the Likud Party to determine whether Israel will or will not withdraw from Gaza?It is excruciatingly difficult to feel sympathy toward George W. Bush, but the imminent arrival of Prime Minister Sharon in Washington must move even the stone-hearted to just such an emotion. What will poor President Bush be thinkingRead More


Beyond the Euphrates: A War of Truth vs. Lies

By David Klinghoffer

From Iraq came the revolting photos. Barbarians in Falluja had strung up the burnt bodies of American civilians on a bridge over the River Euphrates. Apart from the sheer horror of it — the teenagers merrily dancing as the blackened corpses swung in the background — Jews in particular may have been struck by the eerie resonanceRead More


In Sudan, A Modern-Day Story of Slavery

By Charles Jacobs

It is during Passover that we Jews are most sharply reminded that we walk the earth as redeemed slaves. But while human bondage may for us be a thing of the distant past, for many others slavery is not a matter of history. This year, as we celebrate our redemption at Seder tables around the globe, there are by conservative estimateRead More





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