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Former CIA Director Calls for Tougher Policy on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Washington should send an American aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast, summon strongman Bashar al-Assad aboard, chide him vigorously for sponsoring terrorism, meddling in Iraq and pursuing weapons of mass destruction — and take special care to confront him over Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.So says the CIA’sRead More


Ukraine Tycoon Creating a Stir With Purchase Of U.S. Media

By Nathaniel Popper

Ukraine’s most prominent and controversial Jewish businessman, Vadim Rabinovich, said he has bought a “controlling stake” in America’s oldest Russian-language daily newspaper, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, and its sister radio station, Narodnya Volna.Rabinovich, the first overseas owner of NRS, holds a numberRead More


Hawks, Doves Face Off Following UCLA Fracas

LOS ANGELES — After reading news of devastating fire storms, widespread local labor strikes and Middle East suicide bombings, readers of the Los Angeles Times may have found some relief in the headline “UCLA Rabbi Accused of Kicking Woman.”The incident may generate some laughs, but it has triggered a face-off between supporters and criticsRead More


Dark Novel Delivers an Unexpected Happy Ending

By Bill Gladstone

By her own account, Montreal resident Edeet Ravel has been fairly negligent about getting her writing into print. Which is why it amazed the Israeli-born author and former high-school teacher when the British publisher Headline found her letter in its slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts; the firm asked to see more than the five pagesRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Tales From the Blogosphere: On October 17, the Anti-Defamation League charged The New Republic senior editor Gregg Easterbrook with “either absolute ignorance or total bigotry” for writing in his Web log that “Jewish executives” in Hollywood “worship money above all else.” Three days, two editorial apologies and one lost job later, theRead More


Newsdesk October 31, 2003

Senate Moves Against MalaysiaThe U.S. Senate made military aid to Malaysia conditional on religious freedom, including greater tolerance of Jews. On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment to its foreign-aid spending bill that would require a State Department determination of religious freedom and tolerance in MalaysiaRead More


Dogmatists and Pragmatists

By Gus Tyler

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz was credited this week by The New York Times as being the “intellectual architect of the plan to oust [Saddam] Hussein.” The occasion for mentioning him was his recent trip to Iraq to get a firsthand sense of what was happening there.While there is no doubt that he did playRead More


Bush Keeping Slots Open for Resettlement of Refugees

By Nathaniel Popper

The Bush administration announced last week that it will leave the door open for the resettlement of as many as 70,000 refugees in the United States over the next year, allaying fears of refugee advocates that the resettlement program was on the brink of demise after years of declining admissions.Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Unreliable Survey?: A Jewish Democratic group is challenging a recently reported finding that 35% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Republicans in last November’s midterm election.The statistic comes from exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service in 2002; the release of those polls’ findings was delayed for nearly a year becauseRead More


Labor Party Claims Victory After Municipal Elections

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a sign of voter apathy, only 41% of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s municipal elections, the lowest turnout in Israel’s history.The election, however, was a victory for Israel’s center-left Labor Party, which has not held power in the national government for three years. The center-right Likud bloc lost controlRead More





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