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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


Palestinians Debate Recruitment of Suicide Bombers

By Ori Nir

Palestinians are waging an unusual debate over terrorist tactics following recent suicide attacks carried out by a mother of two and the bereaved brother of an Arab killed by Israeli troops.The brouhaha has centered largely on whether they should stop recruiting vulnerable candidates for suicide operations. Many Palestinians, includingRead More


Prisoner Swap With Hezbollah Sparks Heated Debate

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Amid preparations for the homecoming of four captives — three soldiers presumed dead and a kidnapped businessman — in a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, Israelis this week were fiercely debating the wisdom of the deal and speculating on its fallout.The deal dominated public discussion for days, pushing Prime Minister Sharon’sRead More


Manufacturing Declines, Millions Suffer

By Gus Tyler

American manufacturing has been on a steady decline for many years. It started just a few years after the end of World War II. The first sectors of the economy to start losing jobs were those that were labor-intensive: apparel, dolls, toys, shoes, millinery, novelties, electronic assembly and so forth. Then the job loss hit capital-intensiveRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Push Calls?: Howard Dean’s campaign is accusing John Kerry’s of stoking anti-Jewish sentiment in what the Dean campaign is describing as “dozens” of so-called “push calls” it claims that Dean supporters received in New Hampshire.The Kerry campaign hotly denied the charge and threw it back at the Dean campaign, accusing itRead More


Cost of Medicine Imperiling Lives Of Sick Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

For Melvin Tilles, the oft-recycled phrase “your money or your life” has had a more literal applicability than for most.After two heart attacks and as many bypasses, Tilles, a Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles, had one hope to continue living: a heart transplant. But his doctors did not want to perform the surgery. They arguedRead More


Groups Seek To Monitor Faith-Based Initiatives

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a tacit admission of their inability to block President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Anti-Defamation League and other civil-liberties groups are shifting their fight to the field, in a concerted effort to monitor social service programs run by religious organizations.The Forward has learned that ADL staffers in WashingtonRead More


Catholics Greet Gibson’s ‘Passion’ With a Cacophony, Not a Chorus

By Andrew Greeley

If I were Jewish, I’d be worried about Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion of Jesus. I’d remember the blatant antisemitism of the Oberammergau Passion play and wonder whether Catholics were not up to their old tricks again. Hopefully I’d also remember that, while some Romans and some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus, even theyRead More


Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking pointRead 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


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