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Newsdesk January 9, 2004

Israelis To Visit LibyaFollowing the announcement by President Muammar Gadhafi last month that Libya is willing to forgo its weapons of mass destruction, Israel has initiated diplomatic contacts with Tripoli.The head of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris in late December with Libyan diplomats, in orderRead More


AJCongress Stands Alone on Pledge Issue

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Efforts to forge a compromise position on the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance have left the American Jewish Congress standing alone, at odds with its erstwhile allies in both the civil-rights community and religious groups.First the Jewish group broke with other civil-rights groups, including the Anti-DefamationRead More


Bush’s Odds in 2004 Depend on the Economy

By Gus Tyler

At this moment, one of the hottest political questions is: Who will be the Democratic candidate for president? Right now, Howard Dean appears to be the frontrunner. But he is not necessarily the only candidate who could fare well in a contest with President Bush. Almost any one of the serious present aspirants has a good chance to win comeRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Question: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, after jumping down Howard Dean’s throat last fall when Dean suggested that America should pursue an “evenhanded” policy in Middle East negotiations, used a similar phrase himself on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, according to a tape supplied by a rival campaign.Dean later apologized forRead More


Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Candidate Contribution: The most recently declared presidential candidate — President Bush — surprised a New York area Jewish charity last week with a hefty contribution.Bush’s check was discovered in the mail Friday by the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, William Rapfogel, who was opening envelopesRead More


Trying a Tyrant: Saddam Should Face an International Tribunal

By Kenneth Roth

Saddam Hussein’s capture is cause for rejoicing. Finally the specter of this brutal dictator has been lifted from the Iraqi people, their neighbors and the world. Few men have more blood on their hands or are more deserving of trial and punishment. By carefully presenting and condemning his atrocities in a court of law, we now have theRead More


Economic Recovery, Always Just Around the Corner

By Gus Tyler

Herbert Hoover, the Republican president of the United States during the beginning of the Great Depression, seems to have set a style of coping with economic disaster that is now being copied by our modern “Hoovers.” As the worst depression ever experienced in the United States deepened, Hoover decided that what was needed was toRead More


Joe Is Losing Poll Strength In the States Voting Feb. 3

By E.J. Kessler

Bye-bye, bounce.Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, riding a wave of press attention after Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean brought sympathy and the capture of Saddam Hussein bolstered his pro-war stance, has been positioning himself as the “anti-Dean,” the “clear choice” for those dissatisfied with the front-runner.But pollsRead More


Jews for Jesus Draws Opposition in Florida

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A fierce religious turf battle exploded in South Florida last month, as a Christian missionary blitz drew fierce opposition from Jewish groups.As part of its “Behold Your God” campaign, several dozen Jews for Jesus activists spent two weeks in mid-December attempting to win over members of the 225,000-personRead More


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