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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


State Budget Crunches Turning Up Pain for Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

With state after state releasing dismal budget projections for the coming fiscal year, Jewish social service providers are bracing for cutbacks and further economic hardships.State governments provide anywhere from 10% to 60% of the funding to Jewish agencies nationwide that care for the most vulnerable segmentsRead More


Newsdesk February 6, 2004

Budget Sparks WorriesSpending on Israel remains unaffected by fiscal belt-tightening in President Bush’s proposed budget, but domestic programs are under the knife, including those that most affect the Jewish community.Surveying the details in the budget Bush handed to Congress on Monday, Jewish organizational officials were especially worriedRead 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


Newsdesk January 30, 2004

Judge Rules on HamasA U.S. federal judge ordered the Palestinian militant group Hamas to pay $116 million in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996.The ruling Tuesday upheld a judge’s decision last month on behalf of relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar, who lived in Israel when theyRead More


Yossi Ginossar, Envoy to P.A., Dies

TEL AVIV — Yossi Ginossar, a former senior Shin Bet official and a key envoy to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority for three prime ministers, died January 12 of cancer at age 58.Ginossar served Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak as a liaison to Palestinian leaders, becoming particularly close to Palestinian AuthorityRead More


Women Pass the Pigskin On Israeli Football Team

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — This Sunday, large numbers of Israelis will be watching the Super Bowl, cheering on the New England Patriots and their philanthropic-minded owner, Robert Kraft. A few weeks later, they’ll be cheering on a very different football team backed by Kraft — a team of young women, many of them Orthodox Jews.Kraft does businessRead More


Arrests in France Shed Light on ‘Chechen’ Network of Terrorists

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — French officials claim they foiled a campaign of chemical and biological terrorist attacks in Western Europe by militants trained in the Caucasus region.The arrest of several Arab Muslim activists in central France in late December has provided investigators with clues about the goals of a so-called “Chechen” terrorist network thatRead More


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