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How the Democrats Lost the Youth Vote

By Ethan Porter

On Election Day, I and my fellow “Gen Yers” were expected to carry John Kerry to the White House, but by late evening it was obvious we had failed to vote in numbers large enough to deliver the election for the senator. “The youth vote is bunk,” conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg declared gleefully. The thing is, it’s notRead More


The Power of Change, or Just a Change in Power?

By Yossi Alpher

Who will succeed Yasser Arafat at the helm of the Palestinian national movement? The question is simply impossible to answer.The predictions we are hearing are based largely on speculation, rather than on substance. In intelligence-community parlance, the prospect of Arafat’s departure from the scene has thrust Palestinian politics and societyRead More


Arab Street: We’re Bushed

By Youssef Ibrahim

Two editorial cartoons this week summed up Arab feelings about the re-election of President Bush. The London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al Awsat’s cartoonist drew Uncle Sam carrying a sign displaying Bush’s motto of the past four years, “With Us, Or Against Us”; alongside the image, a second frame offers theRead More


A Night of Broken Glass, on a Date With History

By Ismar Schorsch

From the observation platform atop the restored Reichstag, the German parliament building, the most prominent landmark on the cityscape of central Berlin is the gleaming dome of the Moorish synagogue on Oranienburgerstrasse. When dedicated in 1866, in the presence of Otto von Bismarck and other Prussian dignitaries, it gave resounding expressionRead More


Heal the Rift In Our Nation

By Leonard Fein

It wasn’t until I traveled to Florida just as the election campaign was nearing its conclusion that I understood how very deeply our nation is divided. Living, as I do, in Massachusetts — quite decisively a nonbattleground state — I have been aware only at a distance of the frequency and the brutality of the campaign televisionRead More


A Lesson From the ACLU On How To Admit Mistakes

By Kathleen Peratis

As we learned from this year’s presidential race, it is hard to forgive where there is no admission of error. So it was with joy and relief that I learned, October 18, that the American Civil Liberties Union finally had owned up to a whopper — the signing of a pledge, as a condition of receiving a grant from the Ford Foundation grant, not toRead More


Thou Shalt Separate Church and State

By Marc Brettler

You might think that I, as a biblical scholar and an observant Jew, would have been overjoyed that the Supreme Court recently agreed to take up the issue of displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings. After all, our nation’s highest arbiter of justice is about to give free publicity to the book I love and teach. Nothing,Read More


In God We the People Trust

By David Klinghoffer

In agreeing recently to rule on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays at the Texas Capitol building and two Kentucky courthouses, the Supreme Court has waded into a controversy that, for religious conservatives, is fast catching up to abortion and gay marriage as one of the gravest domestic issues of the day.It wouldRead More


A People Divided By Minority Rule

By Eric Yoffie

In both Israel and America, minorities in the Jewish world are attempting to impose their will on the majority. The outcome of these efforts will do much to determine the future course of Jewish politics.In Israel, the settler movement is campaigning to block the acceptance of Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan from Gaza.Read More


When Emotion Trumps Reason

By Bethamie Horowitz

Over and over again this year, I’ve heard people say that although they’ve voted solidly Democratic in the past, they now lean Republican because of their concerns about Israel and the Middle East.I located a few warm bodies willing to explain the feelings that have compelled them to switch. My exploratory interviews found that the shift amongRead More


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