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DeLay: Tammany on the Potomac

By Joshua Micah Marshall

Last May a few dozen members of the Texas House of Representatives fled the state to stymie a Republican redistricting plan, halting the process. Remember that? If so, you probably also know that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas, and his allies enlisted the FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration and even the new Department ofRead More


Campaign Launched To Help Liberians

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish World Service, a nonprofit group providing support to developing countries, is hoping that the media spotlight on Liberia will help it launch a successful emergency campaign to assist the war- and poverty-stricken West African country.“As Jews, we have a duty to respond to those emergency situations,” RuthRead More


U.S., E.U., Russia Seen Heeding Israel’s Warning

By Marc Perelman

Israel is stepping up its effort to gather international support to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear program.The intensified diplomatic effort is based on the assumption — reportedly adopted this month for the first time as part of Israel’s official political-military strategic planning — that Iran will have a nuclearRead More


Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

By Lisa Keys

With 12 million Americans tuning in daily, controversial syndicated radio-show host Laura Schlessinger — known to all as “Dr. Laura” — is arguably the best-known Orthodox Jew in the United States.Rather, she was.In a shocking if little-noticed revelation, Schlessinger — who very publicly converted to Judaism five years ago — openedRead More


Orthodox Rabbis Forbid Birthright Trips for Youths

Several of the world’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis are urging parents not to allow their children to participate in Birthright Israel, a multimillion-dollar program that offers free trips to Israel for young Jews.Rabbis in the United States and Israel signed separate statements condemning Birthright, which is funded byRead More


Newsdesk August 15, 2003

Prison Confab ProtestedThe state of Ohio is being accused by Jewish groups of violating the separation of church and state.At issue is an August 12 conference, sponsored by Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian men’s ministry, which took place at Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institution and was broadcast to prisons across theRead More


Chechnya Shows Signs of ‘Palestinization’

By Vance Serchuk

WASHINGTON — In the wake of this month’s devastating suicide bombing of a hospital near Chechnya, diplomatic analysts have increasingly been speaking of the “Palestinization” of the Chechen conflict.In recent weeks, suicide bombings have suddenly become the most visible, if not dominant, métier of the Chechen resistance. SinceRead More


Study Urges Investment in Arab Schools

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Education is the key to liberalizing and stabilizing Arab countries, according to a new study that recommends that the United States invest money to help develop high-quality, secular schools in the Middle East.The study, “The Youth Factor,” was published by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Washington’s BrookingsRead More


Overseas Travel Rebounding for Israelis

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Propelled by the optimism of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and a modest economic upturn, Israelis are traveling abroad this summer in numbers not seen since before the intifada, government and industry spokesmen say.The number of Israelis who left Israel during the first seven months of this year was up 8.5% over the same periodRead More


Jobs Wash Away in Trade War

By Gus Tyler

The common expression “He’s his own worst enemy” is usually applied to individuals. But it can also be applied to nations that pursue self-destructive policies.The current circumstance that serves as a perfect case is a “war” between the United States and China over their respective share of the American market. It is a war that China isRead More


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