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Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Joe!: Confounding the fears of many, including the candidate, Jewish voters in the states that voted February 3 did support Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman in greater percentages than did non-Jews.In the end, however, that did not provide much help for Lieberman, who ended his centrist bid for the presidency Tuesday.According to exitRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Looking past Saturday’s presidential caucuses in Michigan, Democratic strategists were predicting this week that the results in the Wolverine State would point the way for the party’s strategy in the general election.What the Michigan campaign showed, pundits said, was that voters in the center — “white,Read More


Jewish Poverty Deepens in New York City

By Nathaniel Popper

Both the depth and distribution of Jewish poverty in New York City has increased during the past decade, according to a new study.The study found that nearly 60% of Jews living in Brooklyn’s heavily ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood live in poverty.More surprising to some observers is the finding that the number ofRead More


Investigations Multiply for Oil Giant Halliburton

By Marc Perelman

Mired in controversy over Iraq contracts, the giant oil services company Halliburton is being scrutinized over its business dealings in Iran and is now reportedly the subject of a French corruption investigation that could lead to charges against its former CEO, Vice President Dick Cheney.An investigative judge in France, Renaud van Ruymbeke, isRead More


Israeli Government in Turmoil Over Sharon Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel’s political establishment began preparing itself this week for a major political shake-up in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s detailing of his “disengagement plan” for Gaza and the West Bank.The plan, first disclosed Monday in an interview in the daily Ha’aretz, was far more detailed than any withdrawal plan SharonRead More


Murder-Suicide Spotlights Woes Of Immigrants

By Miriam Colton

It reads like a warped novel of murder and betrayal: A Jewish man in a French jail awaiting extradition to the United States. A wife held on $1 million bail. Parents committing double-suicide over a family disgrace.But for the Goldman, Sapiro and Zonis families, the story is all too real.Paul Goldman, a 39-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan,Read More


Christians Launch Effort To Counter Film’s Impact

By Nacha Cattan

With the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson’s account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as aRead More


Taiwan Entertains Communal Leaders in Bid for Allies

By Nathaniel Popper

When five Jewish communal leaders returned last week from their all-expenses-paid five-day trip to Taiwan, they were exhausted from the 24-hour flight but laden with exotic gifts.At one meeting with high-ranking Taiwanese officials, the delegates received tea-cups, at another colorful ties were distributed.“The whole time I was thinking:Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler; With Reporting by James Kirchick in New Hampshire.

With Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman polling a scant 9% in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the word on the street was not whether he would drop out, but when.“He’s kind of the Bob Graham of January,” said independent analyst Stuart Rothenberg, referring to the Florida senator who ended his bid for president inRead More


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