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The Privatization of the Democratic Party

By Harold Meyerson

The Democratic establishment is concerned about where presumptive presidential candidate John Kerry stands as his campaign moves toward summer. The Bush re-election effort has spent some of its fortune establishing a formidable field operation in the battleground states, where in some cases the Kerry campaign has yet toRead More


Beating Around The Bush Won’t Make U.S. Safe

By Kenneth Bialkin

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s address to the Anti-Defamation League on May 3 was interesting, both in what he said and what he did not say about Israel, the Middle East and the war on terrorism. It reflected his by now familiar practice of vague assurances and lack of clarity and consistencyRead More


Jewish Faces in a Changing America: The Numbers Speak for Themselves

By David Harris

America is changing rapidly. If American Jews don’t grasp the significance of these changes, then we just might be left in the dust one day, notwithstanding our remarkable success to date.America has played a unique role in the life of the Jewish people, particularly in the postwar era. That role, simply put, is irreplaceable, but it is byRead More


Abortion Rights And Wrong

By Avi Shafran

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flocked to Washington, D.C. on April 25 for a rally in support of legal abortion. Thousands of the participants attended as members of an assortment of Jewish organizations. And many of those Jewish participants nurtured a deep conviction that their stance expressed a deeply Jewish value.They were wrong.To beRead More


High Noon at Sycamore Ranch

By Barry Rubin

Last weekend’s Likud party defeat of Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal proposal has thrown Israeli politics into confusion. With no road map to go by, the country is busy trying to guess the wily old general’s next move.Sharon has already dismissed calls for him to resign or to withdraw the plan. Instead, he will take a little timeRead More


When Unemployment Doesn’t Work

By Isaac Shapiro and John Springer

As the election-year debate proceeds over what policies can best promote the creation of new jobs, there remains a simple, inexpensive step the federal government can take right now to help many of the people hit hardest by the poor job market. That step, endorsed by public officials from Senator Hillary Clinton to the chairmanRead More


Freed From Shackles of the Past, Europe Forges a Unified Future

By Nils Muiznieks

This weekend, much of Central and Eastern Europe will be celebrating as my country of Latvia and nine other new member-states officially join the European Union. Last month, five of those states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia — also joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.For many in Central and Eastern Europe,Read More


A Scheduling Conflict

By Leonard Fein

The temptation is to write about the small things, the odds and ends of daily life that describe what it is like to be in Israel these days — better than all the momentous debates and decisions that are very much, and appropriately so, in the news around the world.The first two weeks of my six-week teaching stint inRead More


The Dumb of All Fears

By Kathleen Peratis

Terrorism is the national obsession du jour, and its costs are high and rising rapidly. Our fears of terrorism are real and justified, but if we allow ourselves to be obsessed with them, we will inevitably do stupid things that will likely make matters worse, not better.Next up for scrutiny through a terrorism-obsessed lensRead More


With Liberty and Social Justice for All

By Marsha Atkind

From the stage, looking out at a rainbow of bobbing placards, the energy and commitment of the crowd massing on the national mall in Washington, D.C. was palpable. The April 25 March for Women’s Lives was one of the biggest demonstrations in American history. And whether you agree with press estimates of 800,000 marchers or the organizers’Read More





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