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Something Afoot in the Arab Press

By Amnon Rubinstein

Media outlets in the Arab world are a unique phenomenon — hatred and defamation are a staple, the antisemitic propaganda recalls that of Goebbels, and what masquerades as fact is in fact a figment of psychopathic imagination.Take, for instance, an article published last week by the Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Wafd, whichRead More


Pickpocket

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was right on the money in his recent calls for action to reduce the federal deficit. The yawning gap in the budget drives up interest rates as government borrowing sucks up available capital, and that threatens future economic growth. He might have added that it makes our allies very nervous to see theRead More


Clues and Illusions

Now that “The Passion of the Christ” has passed the $200 million mark and moved into blockbuster territory, it’s fair to step back and marvel at Mel Gibson’s mastery of the Hollywood art of spinning illusions.There is, of course, his making of a monster hit out of a movie filmed entirely in dead languages. But that’s the least of it.Read More


Shaking Up the Arab World

By Osama Al-Ghazali Harb

It is not difficult to understand why last year’s invasion of Iraq has had the impact of an earthquake on the Middle East, with tremors and aftershocks spreading from the epicenter in Baghdad throughout the entire Arab world. In the first place, Baghdad has a unique and special significance in Arab history and culture totally unrivaledRead More


Israel’s Missed Opportunities

By Yossi Alpher

The countdown to the Iraq war was marked by grand pronouncements on the part of both its boosters and its detractors regarding its potential impact on Israel. Some backers of the war suggested that removing Saddam Hussein from power would have a transformative impact on the Middle East — helping pave the way for regime change in Damascus andRead More


Beginning Anew After Decades Of Tyranny

By Ahmed H. Al-Rahim

As American casualties in Iraq mount and suicide bombings grow ever more horrific, many Americans are asking whether the war to remove Saddam Hussein from power was worth its costs. We should remember to factor into our calculations, however, the fact that for Iraqis the war brought an end to decades of tyranny. We also shouldn’t lose sight ofRead More


An Acquired Iraq Complex

By Leonard Fein

The history of American intervention and non-intervention abroad is rather inglorious. Within recent memory, there’s Vietnam, warranted by a flawed domino theory and a resolution (The Gulf of Tonkin) that defrauded the United States Congress, a war riddled with misinformation, disinformation and outright lies. A gunboat or two off the coast at…Read More


Mel Gibson’s Cross of Vengeance

By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

I have often thought but kept to myself what a gruesome thing they are, traditional crucifixes, each one with the likeness of a mangled, agonized body affixed cruelly to it. I sometimes wondered, even as a child, what kind of a religion would want children to look at an image of a suffering, dying or dead man, with nails piercing his hands. WhatRead More


The Bishops’ Cop-Out

By Michael J. Cook

I n April 2003, I was invited, along with four Roman Catholic and two other Jewish scholars, by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs to offer a confidential assessment of a script for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” that was to be sent to the filmmaker. There was concern at theRead More


Making Trade Work for Workers

By Harley Shaiken

To the surprise of many observers, trade and its impact on American workers emerged as a central issue in this year’s Democratic primaries. The apparent Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry, would do well to carry this focus over into the general election, because when it comes to the challenges that the global economy presents toRead More


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