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Groups Back Bill To Monitor Universities

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Risking a clash with civil libertarians, major Jewish communal organizations are lobbying the Senate to approve a bill that would tighten federal monitoring of government-funded Middle East studies programs at universities.The bill, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, is pitting the JewishRead More


Author Challenges Rambam’s Principles

By Steven I. Weiss

A religious debate over intellectual freedom is brewing in the Orthodox world, following the recent publication of a book challenging the widespread view within Orthodoxy that Maimonides’s Thirteen Principles of Faith represents a binding articulation of Jewish theological dogma.In his book, “The Limits ofRead More


It’s a Rich Battle as O’Reilly, Times Critic Square Off in Culture War

By Nathaniel Popper

The culture war sweeping across America sometimes can appear to boil down to a sparring match between two men.In one corner is Bill O’Reilly, representing the Fox News Channel and the new brand of conservative populism sweeping the nation. In the other is Frank Rich, wearing the colors of the New York Times and liberal urban culture.ThisRead More


Middle Class Feeling Pain Of Lengthy Jobs Dearth

By Nathaniel Popper

One number stood out among the disappointing employment statistics for February released last week: The average length of unemployment rose to 20.3 weeks — the highest in two decades.The lengthening tenure of the unemployed comes as little surprise to Joel Shurkin, a reporter who shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the ThreeRead More


U.S. Plans To Pressure Iranians Over Nukes

By Marc Perelman

In a bid to get Iran to halt its nuclear programs, the Bush administration is planning to expose the regime’s hidden nuclear activities in the run-up to a key meeting in June of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to people close to the issue.Two sources said that the United States and Israel have intelligence on Iran’s nuclearRead More


Putin Appoints Russia’s Third Jewish Premier

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — In a hotly anticipated move that kept Kremlin-watchers guessing about policies on everything from economics to nationalities, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed his country’s third Jewish prime minister in its post-Soviet history.Not much is known about Russia’s newly appointed prime minister, Mikhail Fradkov. The formerRead More


Female Israeli Hoopster Slays UConn Goliath

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — When the two-time defending champion University of Connecticut Huskies — the Goliath of NCAA women’s basketball — were upset last weekend, it was an Israeli hoops sensation who delivered the final blow.Liad Suez, a 22-year-old sophomore, made all eight of her shots in the second half, including the game-winner, to lead theRead More


Oscars Knocked for Nazi Filmmaker Nod

By Miriam Colton

The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is defending the decision to honor Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl during the Oscars ceremony.The inclusion of Riefenstahl, nicknamed “Hitler’s filmmaker,” in Sunday night’s video montage memorializing members of the movie industry who died in 2003Read More


Newsdesk March 5, 2004

Saudis Relent on VisasSaudi Arabia’s government last week dropped a reference on its official tourism Web site to “Jewish people” as a category of foreigners barred from receiving visas to visit Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington told the Forward that the online content was “unauthorized,” andRead More


Violence, Anarchy Reign as P.A. Teeters

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

JERUSALEM — Amid growing indications that anarchy and lawlessness are reaching a critical stage within the Palestinian territories, observers now are wondering aloud if the financially broke and politically splintered Palestinian Authority is on the verge of collapse.The mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus, Ghassan Shakah, resigned last weekRead More


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