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Sen. Santorum Blasts France On Religious Symbol Ban

By Marc Perelman

A leading Republican senator is blasting the French government for its efforts to impose a ban on the wearing of religious symbols or garments in public schools.Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, told the Forward that the French decision was “very dangerous.”“This is further evidence of the postmodernRead More


Saddam Nab Turns U.S. Focus Back To Mideast

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to an intensification of White House efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, diplomatic sources say.Hussein’s capture, administration officials told Israeli and Arab diplomats this week, is likely to create a changed atmosphere in the Middle EastRead More


Bush’s Jobless Economic Recovery: Workers Pay Price for Productivity

By Jeffrey Frankel

From recent news reports, the American economy might appear to be in great shape. The estimated rate of growth in GDP in the third quarter was a very strong 8.2%, and the Dow Jones climbed back above 10,000 last week. The economic recovery now seems genuine. Furthermore, forecasts are for growth to continue strong, in the vicinity of 4%,Read More


Bush’s Internationalist Push Has Dems Grasping for Policy

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein is pointing up one of the great ironies facing Democrats when they mull their party’s foreign policy: President Bush has stolen it.Bush’s prosecution of the Iraq war — like his “No Child Left Behind” educational program and his Medicare prescription drug plan — seeks to beat Democrats by joining themRead More


Canadians Pick Jewish Activist As Top Lawman

By Sheldon Gordon; Chrétien, Who Was Unhappy Over Cotler’s Refusal to Toe the Party Line.

MONTREAL — Irwin Cotler, the outspokenly pro-Israel legal scholar sometimes known as Canada’s Alan Dershowitz, has been promoted from a backbench member of Parliament to the high-profile posts of justice minister and attorney-general in the new Cabinet announced last week by Paul Martin, Canada’s new primeRead More


Mob Violence Spurs Israeli Crackdown on Organized Crime

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has decided to make the fight against organized crime a national priority, following the deaths last week of three bystanders during a failed assassination attempt against a reputed leading Tel Aviv crime boss.Following Sunday’s Cabinet meeting — devoted almost entirely to the issue ofRead More


Jerusalem Buzzes With Talk of Unilateral Moves Ahead of Sharon Speech

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s political establishment, from left to right, is waiting nervously for the expected unveiling next week by Prime Minister Sharon of his long-awaited plan for ending Israel’s current standoff with the Palestinians.Sharon is said to be planning to outline a detailed plan in a speech next Thursday at the conclusionRead 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


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