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Handing Over the Reins

By Gus Tyler

On April 12, in one of his rare press conferences, President Bush laid out a road map on America’s approach to Iraq’s future. Just two days later, he agreed to change — really reverse — the route. What happened?Much of Bush’s opening statement at the press conference consisted of what was once famously labeled “glitteringRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Schumer Speaks: The appearance of New York Senator Charles Schumer at a fundraiser for the All Stars Project, a theater group founded by fringe politician Lenora Fulani, is being criticized by some New Yorkers.“What needs to be asked is, ‘Why, Mr. Schumer, are you addressing a group that only recently staged a show about the murder of YankelRead More


Israelis Celebrate an Emerging Consensus on Independence Day

By Abraham Foxman

As Israel’s 56th Independence Day approaches, stock-taking easily produces negatives. Continuing suicide bombs, unbridled hatred of Israel and Jews throughout much of the Arab world, international condemnation of the Jewish state, and unresolved economic and social issues do not make for a gala celebration.This year, while we give thanks for theRead More


Network Beams America Into Arab Living Rooms

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — After two months on the air, Alhurra, America’s Arabic satellite TV network, has become a favorite punching bag of Arab commentators and religious leaders throughout the Middle East.Cartoonists ridicule it. Columnists dismiss it. One Saudi cleric went so far as to issue an Islamic edict outlawing Muslims fromRead More


Maverick Gumshoe Unearths Leads in 1960s Czech Death

By Nathaniel Popper

Since August of 1967, when the body of an executive at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was found floating in the Vltava river, a fog of international intrigue has surrounded the death.Now, a Czech historian and documentary filmmaker, Martin Smok, has come upon new leads in the case suggesting that the executive, Charles Jordan —Read More


Young Donor Puts Passion for Debate Into Philanthropy

By Miriam Colton

A 25-year-old Jewish philanthropist has launched one of the nation’s most generous student writing contests with a whopping grand prize of $25,000, in the hopes of altering Christian-Jewish relations following the recent debate surrounding Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of the Christ.”Introduced last week in full-page advertisementsRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

BERKELEY, Calif. — If the Republican National Committee issued an FBI-style “most wanted” list, liberal activist Wes Boyd would probably rank near the top.The GOP has been trying to shut down one of Boyd’s projects, the MoveOn.org Voter Fund — the soft-money arm of the Internet-based advocacy group that Boyd founded in 1998Read More


Allies Balk at Role In Implementing Sharon-Bush Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House decision to side with Israel on the issues of Palestinian refugees and West Bank settlements is producing an international backlash that could undermine efforts to implement Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan, diplomats and Middle East experts said this week.American officials have been urging Egypt,Read More


Prison Term Ends for Nuclear Tattletale

Mordechai Vanunu, the convicted nuclear spy, slammed the State of Israel and its law enforcement agencies immediately upon his release Wednesday morning from jail, but said he had no intention of harming the country.Vanunu, 49, walked out of Ashkelon’s Shikma prison a free man around 11 a.m. Israeli time, as his 18-year prison term forRead More


Newsdesk April 16, 2004

Hungary Uncovers PlotHungarian police said Tuesday that they had detained a Hungarian citizen of Palestinian origin who planned to blow up a Jewish museum in Budapest, as well as two Syrian men suspected of links to the plot.But police said there was no connection between the arrests and the state visit by Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who wasRead More


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