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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


Divided By the Pledge, and Plenty More

By Marc Stern

Michael Newdow’s challenge to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, argued last week before the Supreme Court, is only narrowly a case about the Constitution. No development in legal theory can explain why the country and its highest court are suddenly caught up in a bitter ideological clash over the constitutionalityRead More


Counting Our Blessings

By Leonard Fein

Blood, frogs, lice…The listing of the plagues in the prescribed Seder ritual has, I fear, fallen victim to the ordinariness that familiarity almost inevitably breeds. Indeed, for several years now, a “how to keep them from falling asleep” Seder toy has been available, in which the plagues are represented by rubber thingies that are meantRead More


Learning From Carter

By Theodore R. Mann

This past Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. As President Bush wrestles with an appropriate response to escalating Middle East tensions after Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, there is much he can learn from the political courage demonstrated by President Jimmy Carter during those peaceRead More


Shock Waves From Madrid

By Adar Primor

Colin Powell was fuming. While he was made to wait some 45 minutes for a scheduled meeting last week with Spanish prime minister-elect Jose Luis Zapatero, the latter was engrossed in an amiable talk with another, more important personality — French President Jacques Chirac. Journalists who followed the events last week in Madrid, where theRead More


Culture War, Take Two

By David Klinghoffer

Homosexual marriage is the hottest but hardly the only issue in the culture war. That struggle pits traditionalists against progressives, with Jews and Christians on each side having — from a certain perspective — more in common with their allies of a different faith than with their opponents who are ostensibly of the same religion. Meanwhile…Read More


An Overlooked Renaissance

By Shana Penn

On one of my recent trips to Poland, a young Jewish man studying at Warsaw University asked me: “Why do you American Jews send your children on death camp tours of Poland? Why choose only death when you could show life?”He had a point. Each year, more than 20,000 Jewish youth from the United States and Israel come to PolandRead More


Troubling Questions for Putin’s Russia

By Robert J. Meth and Yosef I. Abramowitz

With his landslide victory in last week’s presidential elections Russian President Vladimir Putin has tightened his already firm grip on the reins of power. Putin took more than 70% of the vote and faced no serious opposition.Putin’s margin of victory reflects his widespread popularity, fueled by an economic rebound and the perception thatRead More


Rule of Law, or the Law of the Jungle?

By Kathleen Peratis

The Bush administration was not speaking metaphorically when it declared “war” on terrorism. It has incarcerated in Guantanamo approximately 650 alleged terrorists, labeling them “unlawful combatants,” and it is holding them without charge or trial, many presumably until the end of the “war on terrorism,” a day that may neverRead More





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