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By Nacha Cattan

Pittsburgh may have been roundly beaten in a season-ending game of college basketball last week, but in the more hidebound world of Jewish organizational life, the city scored a stunning victory.Howard Rieger, 61, a longtime Jewish charity leader and top professional at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has been nominatedRead More


World Economy Needs a New Deal

By Gus Tyler

I n the great and growing debate over globalization and outsourcing, there are always new arguments from both sides — from those who look upon these recent developments as a boon to the world economy and those who look upon the same developments as certain to bring gloom to the world economy. One of the latest and most novel arguments in favorRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvanian’s Powder: Senator Arlen Specter, the moderate Pennsylvania Republican who is facing a primary challenge from conservative Rep. Patrick Toomey, is being criticized by his rival’s campaign and a conservative pro-family organization for refusing to take a position on the constitutional amendment against gay marriage pushedRead More


Bill To Ban Discrimination Based on Travel Introduced

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — New legislation introduced in Congress would bar life insurance companies from denying coverage or otherwise discriminating against Americans based on their lawful past travel to Israel or any other country.The “Life Insurance Anti-Discrimination in Travel Act” was introduced in the House earlier this month by Rep. Rahm Emanuel,Read More


Critics of Sheikh Yassin Killing Reveal Own Moral Blindness

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Israel’s targeted killing of the wheelchair-bound head of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, predictably has drawn a hail of criticism from the international community. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw characterized the killing of Yassin as “unlawful”; the Vatican said it was “not justified in any state [run by] the rule of law” andRead More


Israeli Says P.A. Used Swiss Accounts To Fund Terror

By Marc Perelman

Money invested in Switzerland by the Palestinian Authority during the peace process is being used to finance attacks carried out by violent factions associated with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah party, according to an Israeli businessman who helped set up secret Swiss accounts worth several hundred million dollars for the P.A.The businessman, a formerRead More


Israelis Back Strike, Brace for Bombers

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel braced itself for a plunge into the unknown this week, following the army’s March 22 assassination of the leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The killing of the charismatic Islamic leader was the most controversial Israeli military action in the three and a half years of violence. Most observers agreed that by targeting aRead More


Gibson’s Christ Movie Is Greeted With Lack of Passion in Germany

By Nathaniel Popper

“The Passion of the Christ” may have dominated the box office for its first three weeks on American screens, but in Germany the Mel Gibson flick was flattened by a bear.A mega-hit in the United States, “The Passion” sold less than half as many tickets as the Disney animated film “Brother Bear” during its opening weekend in Germany,Read More


Hungarian Writers’ Spat Betrays Struggle Between ‘Urbanism’ and ‘Populism’

By Michael Standaert

In the past two weeks, more than 120 Hungarian writers have walked out on the Hungarian Writers’ Association in response to antisemitic statements made by one of the group’s executive members.Among those resigning from the 1,200-member writer’s association, the largest and most influential in Hungary, were prominent writersRead More


Terrorism Experts Warn Jewish Sites Endangered After Hit on Hamas Head; Groups Clashing On Bill To Provide Security Funding

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Following Israel’s assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, terrorism experts are warning that American Jewish sites are ripe targets for revenge attacks, as synagogues and other communal institutions race to step up security.“I am very concerned that Yassin’s assassination may come back to hit us in our soft underbelly: JewishRead More


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