Putting the Squeeze on Social Security

By Gus Tyler

The Social Security system upon which millions of retired Americans depend for their daily bread is in danger. And it is not due to any inherent faults within the system itself. Indeed, the Social Security system is, by far, the most successful profit-making operation that Uncle Sam ever has run.Created in 1935, the system began to pay outRead More

As Sharon’s Plan Advances, Officials Reconsider Arafat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — For months, the Israeli public and the political system waited anxiously for the announcement of Attorney General Menachem Mazouz on whether he was going to press bribery charges against Prime Minister Sharon. Sharon’s security plans, the composition of his coalition and his own political future hung in the balance. WhenRead More

Court Actions Highlight Lack Of Special Rep On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

The last month has seen the first major spate of legal action on Holocaust-era issues since 2001, when the Bush administration downgraded the American government’s representation on restitution and reparations matters.To observers from almost every side of the debate, the recent wrangling in court has revealed the deep impact the absenceRead More

Halliburton Investigated For Iran Ties Under Veep

By Marc Perelman

A Treasury Department investigation into the activities of oil giant Halliburton in Iran is looking at potentially suspicious business contacts between Iran’s oil company and Halliburton at the time it was headed by Vice President Richard Cheney.According to documents dating from 1997 and 1998, a Dubai-based Halliburton subsidiary receivedRead More

Bush Pushing Israel on Terms Of Disengagement From Gaza

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As Israel prepares to withdraw from Gaza, the Bush administration is laying down a stiff series of expectations that could set the stage for a rocky few months between Washington and Jerusalem, pro-Israel activists say.President Bush expects Israel to start taking steps to rehabilitate Gaza’s shattered economy by settingRead More

O Father, Who Art Thou?

By Stuart Eizenstat

During the last decade, Swiss, German, Austrian and French companies and their governments paid some $8 billion to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Third Reich, disgorged thousands of dormant bank accounts, finally honored prewar insurance policies and returned confiscated property and artwork.The Europeans paid reparations for their conductRead More

Berg and Pearl Cast as Heroes Of Volunteerism

By Nathaniel Popper

The similarities between the gruesome killing of Daniel Pearl and that of Nicholas Berg have been hard to avoid, with both Americans meeting their end at the hands of Islamic militants, on camera for the world to watch.Less noticed have been the striking parallels in the way that both men lived their lives. On Monday night, theRead More

Newsdesk June 11, 2004

Barghouti SentencedMarwan Barghouti, general secretary of Fatah in the West Bank, was sentenced this week in Tel Aviv District Court to five consecutive life sentences and 40 additional years in prison.A three-judge panel convicted Barghouti on May 20 of involvement in five terrorist murders between January and June 2002, in the courseRead More

Leftist Magazine Editor Morris U. Schappes, 97, Dies

Morris U. Schappes, a respected historian of American Jewry and longtime editor of the leftist journal Jewish Currents, died June 3 at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 97.A longtime fixture in the world of American communism, Schappes first achieved prominence in 1941 when he was fired, along with 40 others, from the faculty ofRead More

Reagan: Big Steps Altered Jewish Politics

By Marshall Breger

Great men, Isaiah Berlin once wrote, can be compared to the hedgehog or the fox. The fox knows many things, which may guide him for good or ill. The hedgehog, in contrast, knows one big thing, and knows it well. Ronald Reagan knew a few big things, and he knew them well: the importance of individual freedom, the evil of communism and its ideology…Read More

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