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Award-winning Yiddish Author Yehuda Elberg, 91, Dies in Montreal

By Rachel Zuckerman

Award-winning Yiddish author Yehuda Elberg died in his sleep in Montreal on October 18. He was 91.A widely acclaimed Yiddishist whose body of work documented shtetl life, he gained popularity in the English-speaking world after a 1997 English translation of two of his novels: “Ship of the Hunted” and “The Empire of Kalman the Cripple.”Read More


Kremlin Targets Jewish Tycoons In War on Critics

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Oil titan Mikhail Khodorkovsky is not the first Jew who has risen to become Russia’s richest citizen. Before him Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had their stints, while Vladimir Gusinsky got close.In Russia, however, life at the top is not all that it’s cracked up to be.Berezovsky and Gusinsky are now in exile,Read More


Think Tank Head Defends Invitation to Fatah Activists

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Facing criticism for hosting prominent Fatah activists at the Washington think tank he heads, former special Middle East envoy Dennis Ross defended inviting them in a letter to the institute’s board of trustees in which he wrote that government decision-makers should be exposed to authentic Palestinian leaders.Ross, directorRead More


Rescuing the Remnants of Iraq’s Jewish Community

By Nathaniel Popper

At 3 a.m. on a hot June morning, Rachel Zelon set off from Amman, Jordan, on a 14-hour drive to Baghdad. Refugees, reporters and commercial trucks were lined up at the border, waiting to enter Iraq — after months in which all traffic had streamed in the opposite direction. Once inside the border, the convoy that Zelon had joined for protectionRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls; With Max Gross

Strait Talk I: The Muslim world is fighting back against the West, one Mecca Cola at time. The French-produced, ethnically conscious soft drink was the beverage of choice at last week’s Organization of the Islamic Conference, the gathering of world Muslim leaders at which Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad charged Jews with ruling theRead More


Newsdesk October 24, 2003

Senator Backs SephardimThe chairman of the powerful Senate Republican Conference, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, is spearheading congressional efforts to seek redress for Jews displaced from Arab countries.The senator has joined other high-profile political figures signing up to back Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, a coalition ofRead More


Former Congresswoman Becomes Darling of the Left

By Josh Richman

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A year ago Cynthia McKinney’s political stock hit rock bottom. The five-term Democratic congresswoman from Georgia suffered an embarrassing primary loss — never having recovered from her suggestion that the Bush administration had ignored warnings about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.But sinceRead More


Legislators Split Over Funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

Jewish Democrats in Congress were deeply divided by President Bush’s call for $87 billion in emergency funding for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.Emergency supplementary appropriation bills for Iraq and Afghanistan passed the House of Representatives October 17 by a vote of 303-125 and the Senate the same day by aRead More


Bosnian Leader Championed Religious Pluralism

By Stephen Schwartz, Forward Correspondent

Alija Izetbegovic, the courtly, avuncular former leader of the Muslim-led Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, died October 19 in Sarajevo, at age 78. His health had been deteriorating in recent weeks, a result of heart disease, and his end was hastened by a bad fall, in which he broke several ribs.Izetbegovic became a global figure following theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


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