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Dancing at the Revolution

By Dennis G. Dalton

Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Volume 1: Made for America, 1890-1901 Edited by Candace Falk University of California Press, 655 pages, $60. * * *‘I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful radiant things.” That is what anarchism meant to Emma Goldman, the Jewish immigrantRead More


ADL, B’nai B’rith Join Fight Against Judicial Nominee

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s pick for a federal appeals judgeship in Atlanta is drawing strong opposition from Jewish groups, including three organizations that usually refuse to take sides in judicial fights.Officials at the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International and American Jewish Congress said that they felt obligated toRead More


Budget Crusade Pits Single Mom Versus Netanyahu

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to stand up. In 2003, Vicki Knafo refused to lie down.It’s too early to say whether Knafo, the single mother from the Negev town of Mitzpe Ramon who marched to Jerusalem this month to protest the government’s austerity budget, will have the same impact as Parks. Parks’s refusal to give up her busRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Fierce Words: President Bush lied in making the case for the war in Iraq, and in at least one respect the situation there resembles Vietnam, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry suggested to reporters Monday.The Democratic presidential candidate, who spoke to the press in a conference call, said the president has “a clear credibility gapRead More


Waking Up the World to a Resurgence of Antisemitism

By Lisa Keys

Phyllis Chesler has made a career out of challenging the status quo. With over three decades of activism under her belt, the radical feminist author has exposed sexism in the field of psychology, fought against what she calls “gender apartheid” and, most recently, criticized women for their harmful, unsisterly ways.Now,Read More


Overtime: Necessary for Many Americans

By Gus Tyler

The Fair Labor Standards Act (the Wage and Hour Law) passed in 1938 was one of the pillars of the New Deal, and it contributed to our economic recovery from the Great Depression. At this hour, that law should be updated by elevating the minimum wage to help reinvigorate our drooping economy. Raising the minimum wage would add billions annuallyRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Unorthodox Behavior: A blogger going by the nom de guerre “Hasidic Rebel” and an agunah named Chayie Sieger are airing their ultra-Orthodox communities’ dirty laundry in the mainstream media.Sieger’s story of a Bobover chasidic marriage gone bad — real bad — is chronicled in the July 28 issue of New York, a weekly magazine. For sevenRead More


Officials Seek New Probe in Slaying by Cops

By Nacha Cattan

New York elected officials are demanding a second investigation into the four-year-old police slaying of a hammer-wielding Orthodox man in Brooklyn.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, both Democrats, have mobilized separate efforts calling for a reopeningRead More


Atheist Crusader Faces Starr in Legal Fight

Michael Arthur Newdow, the man best known for his crusade to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, has a new adversary: former solicitor general and independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Starr is leading a team of lawyers representing Sandra Banning, the mother of Newdow’s daughter. The couple, who never married, is in theRead More


State Department Hawk Under Fire in Intelligence Flap Over Syria

By Marc Perelman

The uproar over the administration’s handling of intelligence on Iraq is prompting the intelligence community to try to regain the upper hand over the more hawkish elements in disputes over other “rogue” countries, analysts said.Last week, several media outlets reported that objections from the CIA and otherRead More





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