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O.U. Keeping Quiet in Stem Cell Debate

By Steven I. Weiss

With embryonic stem cell research re-emerging as a matter of contentious ethical and political debate, the country’s largest Orthodox organization has kept out of the fight, though it opposes President Bush on the issue.The president’s August 2001 decision to limit federal funding for stem-cell research has come under increasing criticism inRead More


Outspoken Philanthropist Henry Everett Dies at 78

By Miriam Colton

Henry Everett, an indomitable Jewish philanthropist known for his often lonely battles for unpopular causes, died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 78, after a difficult battle with cancer.Along with his wife, Edith, Everett was known as one of the most outspoken and creative Jewish philanthropists of the last generation, taking a lead role inRead More


Conference Focuses on U.S. Inaction During Holocaust

By Nathaniel Popper

A fledgling institute for Holocaust studies is stepping up its efforts to advance the notion that Franklin Roosevelt and the Jewish community did not do enough to save European Jews during World War II. In the sensitive realm of Holocaust scholarship, a number of academics are already questioning the scholarly credentialsRead More


Working Overtime To Ruin Overtime Pay

By Gus Tyler

In America’s historic struggle to pull itself out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of the key pieces of legislation was the Fair Labor Standards Act, commonly called the Wage and Hour Law.It set a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour — a ridiculously tiny sum by current standards, but a giant step up for workers who were beingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clap, Clap (Grumble, Grumble): President Bush got more than 20 standing ovations during his speech this week at the annual policy conference of Aipac, the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse. At one point he was interrupted by a lengthy chant of “four more years,” prompting Aipac president Amy Friedkin, a Democrat, to joke to Bush that she “oughtRead More


Bush Wins Aipac Crowd By Citing Common Cause

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With his approval ratings plummeting, President Bush took his case for war in Iraq and a wider fight against terrorism to the annual Aipac convention — and was rewarded with more than 20 standing ovations from thousands of cheering delegates.The applause came despite Bush’s failure to quell Israeli worries that, in the face ofRead More


White House Pressures Sharon on Disengagement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as he struggles for his political survival, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is under pressure from the Bush administration to push ahead with his disengagement plan and fulfill his other commitments to the White House.Sharon has been scrambling to maintain support for the disengagement plan — which calls for aRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Critique: The campaign of John Kerry is missing an opportunity to criticize President Bush’s lack of adroitness in selling Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan internationally, some Democrats are saying.Others feel that Kerry should be attacking the president for immediately backtracking on his promises to Sharon.In otherRead More


Making Sure Art, Politics Don’t Get Lost in Translation

By Adelle Waldman

In 1929, 5-year-old Beate Sirota’s parents fortuitously moved their family out of Vienna. But unlike many European Jews, the Sirotas did not leave because of antisemitism, and they did not flee to the relative safety of the United States or to Israel. They moved to Japan, from one soon-to-be Axis country to another.For Beate Sirota — now BeateRead More


Newsdesk May 14, 2004

Syria Dumps MinisterThe U.S. decision to slap Syria with sanctions appears to have cost the country’s defense minister, General Mustapha Tlass, his job.After serving more than 30 years in his post and 50 years in the Syrian military, Tlass has been booted from the cabinet of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Tlass left office Tuesday, the veryRead More


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