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Kristol Clear About War

By David Klinghoffer

Patrick Buchanan and other likeminded commentators have repeatedly tried to direct the public’s attention to the fact that, in the Iraq conflict, some of the leading pro-war advocates in the conservative movement have Jewish surnames. There’s Wolfowitz, Perle and Feith, not to mention Kristol, Frum and Weinstein. The presumption isRead More


Twilight of the American Idol

By Jill Rachel Jacobs

I had a bad dream. It was really creepy. I still shudder when I think about it.I was looking forward to watching the final eight contestants compete on “American Idol” last week. As it is for millions of other good folk of this nation, the televised talent show is a staple of my Tuesday nights — until last week, that is. So why wasRead More


Blinded by the Light Unto the Nations

By Bethamie Horowitz

In the last month, the Israeli military has assassinated the two top leaders of Hamas while Prime Minister Sharon has been pushing for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Many of us watching from the American Jewish sidelines have alternated between two feelings: Dreading that worse yet may result from these killings and the retaliatory rage theyRead More


While the Jewish Community Watches, Survivors Suffer

By Roman Kent

Throughout the last half century, as Jewish communities have raised large sums of money for various philanthropic causes, I cannot remember a single organization that has not used the theme of Holocaust survivors as a means of raising funds. We did not mind because the funds raised were for good causes. We believed that if the memoryRead More


Between an Ax And a Scalpel

By Leonard Fein

There’s a reason the Left (or the liberals or the progressives, or whatever nom de guerre you prefer) seems so bereft of a positive agenda. The Right, by and large, knows precisely what it seeks to accomplish. It seeks to dismantle government. It wants to privatize medical care, and social security, and our prisons, and even a hefty part of our military. In order to do that, it either legislates privatization or asserts spending caps that effectively destroy existing programs.Read More


Weapons of Mass Deception

By Patrick Clawson

With all the attention to Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission and the fighting in Iraq, it’s been easy to overlook the explosive news about Iran’s nuclear program. In early April, Iran announced it will start building a “research” reactor which just so happens to be of the right design and sizeRead More


Home Is Where the Heart Isn’t

By Alisa Solomon

Estelle N’Gambi came to New York from Zambia four years ago to take a position as a live-in nanny with a family in Yonkers. She labored 18 hours a day, seven days a week, earning only $250 a month — and she had to sleep on the floor.N’Gambi’s story is an all too familiar one for domestic workers here in the land of opportunity.Read More


Victims, Born and Unborn

No children, born or otherwise, will be protected by the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act that President Bush signed into law last week. The new measure is a legal trifle that makes it a crime to harm a fetus during the commission of another federal crime. The presumed logic of the bill is that terrorists, drug kingpins andRead More


Mr. Sharon Goes To Washington

By Leonard Fein

Beg your pardon? A referendum of the Likud Party to determine whether Israel will or will not withdraw from Gaza?It is excruciatingly difficult to feel sympathy toward George W. Bush, but the imminent arrival of Prime Minister Sharon in Washington must move even the stone-hearted to just such an emotion. What will poor President Bush be thinkingRead More


Beyond the Euphrates: A War of Truth vs. Lies

By David Klinghoffer

From Iraq came the revolting photos. Barbarians in Falluja had strung up the burnt bodies of American civilians on a bridge over the River Euphrates. Apart from the sheer horror of it — the teenagers merrily dancing as the blackened corpses swung in the background — Jews in particular may have been struck by the eerie resonanceRead More





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