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Tearing Down the Ethnic Wall in Germany

By Michael Maier

Once again, Jews are fighting for their place in German society. This time, however, the battle is internal — Jew vs. Jew, with the identity of the world’s fastest growing Jewish community hanging in the balance.In one corner stands the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the longtime champion of communal interests and officialRead More


Greater Expectations

By Leonard Fein

Is it really so snobbish to ask, “What did you expect?” when it comes to the soldiers who behaved so inhumanely, so outrageously, at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?After all, who are they? Six, at least, come from the 372nd army reserve unit, many of whose members live in Appalachia.Read More


No Ifs, Yets or Buts: Hold America to a Higher Standard

By David Klinghoffer

The way some of my fellow conservatives have been discussing the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, in which American military guards snapped photos of naked Iraqis being humiliated in various ways, calls to mind a rule of rhetoric known to all writers. If you’ve got a pair of sentences linked by a word like “but” or “however,”Read More


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


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