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Shelter the Displaced Among Us

By Jill Jacobs and Noah Leavitt

On Monday, residents of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public housing development appeared in federal court, charging the Chicago Housing Authority with violating international human rights standards prohibiting forced evictions.For the first time, human rights laws on displacement are being used to contest the eviction of public housing residents inRead More


Right’s Wrong On Being Left

By Leonard Fein

All right, let’s say that I am wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time. Let’s say that in the November elections, America’s Jews will indeed abandon their traditional loyalty and vote for the Republican nominee for president. As I’ve written fairly often in recent months, I see no reason to think that will be so — that in defiance of precedent and common sense, this will be the election where the quadrennial prediction that the (Democratic) party’s over will finally prove out. Such public opinion surveys as I have seen all suggest that we’ll end up pretty much where we’ve mostly been: some 20-25% of us voting for George W. Bush, the vast majority voting for John Kerry.Read More


Honoring Australia for Misguided Policies

By Geoffrey Brahm Levey

Earlier this month, the American Jewish Committee bestowed on visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard its highest honor, the American Liberties Medallion. Previous recipients of the award include Martin Luther King, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Vaclav Havel, Natan Sharansky and Elie Wiesel.The citation for Howard’s awardRead More


Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom

By Leonard Fein

Contrary to the prevailing sentiment — and, for that matter, very substantial evidence — the sky is not falling down, nor is the world fatally ill. There is, in fact, cause for rejoicing.Please don’t misunderstand: I am not about to deny the dour assessment of where the world is these days. I will spare you a list of all the ongoing scandals and tragedies, pretty much the world over. They are inescapable, so why review them yet again? So, then, what’s to rejoice about?Read More


A Century After Herzl, Vienna Reimagines Zion

By Thomas Klestil

At the turn of the last century, a wave of culture washed over Vienna, carrying Central European society into modernity. The contribution of Austrian Jewry to this heritage was significant, from enlightenment to liberalism to art nouveau. It was in this milieu that the modern Jewish state was envisioned by Theodor Herzl, the 100th anniversary ofRead More


Out of Egypt... and Into Gaza

By Yossi Alpher

In army staff colleges all over the world, the Egyptian-Israeli military agreement in the Sinai Peninsula is taught as the way two veteran belligerents that are tired of war but still don’t trust each other can best manage their cold peace. The solution is simple, if not ideal: They demilitarize the large, empty desert that separates theirRead More


A Coalition Of the Eager

By Leonard Fein

We have long since learned to swallow hard as the Israelis persist in policies that are ill-conceived and ill-executed, policies that threaten the entire Zionist enterprise. There are so many of these that we try to ignore and even justify — targeted killings, “collateral damage,” a fence that is in part a wall and that too often…Read More


The Greatness of Reagan’s Modesty

By David Klinghoffer

The weekend that Ronald Reagan died was a fine occasion to reflect on the often forgotten and misunderstood virtue of modesty.The word now is habitually linked with women’s clothing —– how short the skirt, how revealing the neckline — as some of us in the Seattle area were reminded this past Sunday by “Pure Fashion,” the first ever (asRead More


Push Progress via Peace Process

By Georg Dick, Martin Eberts and Joscha Schmierer

If ever there was the illusion in Europe that Islamist terrorism would never cross into European territory, the March bombings in Madrid forever put an end to this way of thinking.The very existence of Western democracies — never mind participation in the American alliance in Iraq — is reason enough for Islamist extremism to pursue itsRead More


Shake Our Conflict With A Firm Hand

By Uri Dromi

A diplomatic round table on President Bush’s plan for regional reform President Bush is not the first to try his hand at changing the annoying nature of our region by adding to it a positively sounding prefix, as is the case with the “Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative” he was set to unveil at this week’s G8 summit.FormerRead More





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