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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


A Bad Faith Decision

By Nathan J. Diament

Your local Jewish federation’s social welfare agency — whether providing counseling to battered women, vocational training to the disabled, care and comfort to the elderly or a host of other noble and needed services — is not, as a matter of law, a Jewish organization. At least, this is now the law in the state of California, whose SupremeRead More


The Smearing of Senator Kerry

By Ira N. Forman

It has already begun. We’re eight months away from the presidential election, and the Bush-Cheney team is trying to distort the record and blacken the name of John Kerry in the Jewish community.No matter that Senator Kerry has a perfect 18-year voting record on Israel and signs onto all of the pro-Israel letters, initiatives and resolutions.Read More


Some of Americans’ Best Friends Are...

By Bethamie Horowitz

With the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and surging hostility toward Jews overseas, many American Jews are feeling rumblings of dread about the possibility of a wave of antisemitism arriving on these shores.In light of these anxieties, it’s worth looking at how Americans really feel about their JewishRead More


An Unfinished Revolution

By Leonard Fein

The reputation of politicians these days is not exactly in good health. Some of us view politicians — the more so those at the state and local level — cynically all the time, and all of us view them cynically some of the time. But like the waters of the Red Sea parting, the debate in the Massachusetts state legislature sitting in…Read More


A War That Left America Less Secure

By Daniel Benjamin

Before the invasion of Iraq, the United States was more secure than the Bush administration would have had us believe. Because of the occupation of Iraq, the genuine threats we face may be multiplied more than most Americans recognize. The removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime has yielded some positive dividends, but a comprehensive reckoningRead More


Cinéma Vérité

By Leonard Fein

The IRA and the Tamil Tigers, Fatah and the Black Panthers and the special operations people at the Pentagon have all studied it. Critics have hailed it as one of the great movies of all time; The New Yorker calls it “a masterpiece, surely the most harrowing political epic ever,” others have used words like “riveting” andRead More


Something Afoot in the Arab Press

By Amnon Rubinstein

Media outlets in the Arab world are a unique phenomenon — hatred and defamation are a staple, the antisemitic propaganda recalls that of Goebbels, and what masquerades as fact is in fact a figment of psychopathic imagination.Take, for instance, an article published last week by the Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Wafd, whichRead More


Pickpocket

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was right on the money in his recent calls for action to reduce the federal deficit. The yawning gap in the budget drives up interest rates as government borrowing sucks up available capital, and that threatens future economic growth. He might have added that it makes our allies very nervous to see theRead More


Clues and Illusions

Now that “The Passion of the Christ” has passed the $200 million mark and moved into blockbuster territory, it’s fair to step back and marvel at Mel Gibson’s mastery of the Hollywood art of spinning illusions.There is, of course, his making of a monster hit out of a movie filmed entirely in dead languages. But that’s the least of it.Read More





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