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Battling a ‘Bunch of Thugs’

By Gus Tyler

In addressing troops in Colorado on his way to his ranch in Texas, President Bush declared that he would not be intimidated by a “bunch of thugs.” He was referring, of course, to those plaguing our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.The president’s use of the term “thugs” may shed light on why these many months after the war was wonRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Junk Food Joe: Before the news of Al Gore’s endorsement roiled the field, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman was pushing his pro-family sally against junk food and those who would sell it to American children.“Parents today are being forced to contend with a new threat: big food companies targeting junk food at children,” LiebermanRead More


Gore’s Dean Endorsement Exposes Lieberman’s Woes

By E.J. Kessler

Fulfilling their need to name a winner and a loser for every campaign development, pundits were describing former vice president Al Gore’s endorsement this week of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a body blow to the presidential aspirations of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman clearly was surprised and chagrined by the moveRead More


David Friedman, Journalist, Dies

The former Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, David Friedman, died December after a long illness. He was 68.Friedman served as JTA’s Washington bureau chief from 1981 until his retirement in 1992.During his tenure, Friedman covered pivotal news events, including Israel’s war in Lebanon, the first Palestinian intifada andRead More


Russian Politics as Usual, With Putin’s Grasp Firm

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — There was a time not too long ago that Russia was famous for its instability. Observers joked that if President Boris Yeltsin lived long enough everyone would get a crack at being prime minister.President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000 promising to change all that, to make life predictable again for Russians. In this, judging fromRead More


Jewish Agency Maintains Funding Split

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Jta.

After months of heated political battles, the Jewish Agency for Israel has managed to thwart efforts to cut its funding from American charitable federations.Faced with shrinking donations from federations and changing needs abroad, the federations’ national roof body, the United Jewish Communities, had spent the past year in a messy tug-of-warRead More


Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel + 710 = A New Record

By Max Gross

The University of Maryland suffered a bitter defeat this weekend — no matter how you spin it.One of the student body’s proudest achievements was shattered in a crushing rout by a rival. It wasn’t a basketball or football championship game that they lost. It was the “Dreidel Cup.”On Sunday, the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at IndianaRead More


UJC Names Vice President For Policy, Replacing Aviv

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The country’s leading Jewish charitable network has tapped someone to replace its departed powerhouse Washington director.The United Jewish Communities last week announced that it had hired Charles Konigsberg, a longtime congressional staffer, to replace Diana Aviv as the organization’s vice president forRead More


Winning War on Terror Requires Reconsideration of Saudi Alliance

By John Kerry

More than a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayef, told an Arab media outlet that he thought “the Jews” were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.When a senior member of the Saudi ruling family — its top law enforcement officer responsible for trackingRead More


Former Bosnian Official Rails From Jail

By Marc Perelman

Ten years ago, when his native Bosnia was wracked by bloody ethnic warfare, Muhamed Sacirbey was able to fly from New York to Sarajevo and back without a moment’s fear. Today the war is over, yet Sacirbey, a former Bosnian foreign minister, is scared to go home.Once the Balkan nation’s most visible spokesman, Sacirbey has been in a NewRead More





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