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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


Rabbi AWOL At Court Date On Molest Rap

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A charismatic, American-born rabbi and educator accused of sexually molesting his yeshiva students over a 25-year period failed to appear at a rabbinical court hearing convened to consider the accusations last week.The no-show by the educator, Rabbi Matis Weinberg, prompted expressions of outrage from several of his allegedRead More


U.S. Presses Abu Mazen Over Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority was under intense pressure this week to clamp down forcefully on terrorists in order to save the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire from collapse following this week’s horrific bus bombing in Jerusalem.Israeli officials said that Washington had warned the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, also knownRead More


Groups Rebuking Feds’ Move On Asylum

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare, unified rebuke of the Bush administration, 15 prominent Jewish organizations have come together to decry what they say is the unlawful prosecution of legitimate asylum seekers.The groups are objecting to the federal government’s growing practice of prosecuting asylum seekers for using false documents to enter the United States. TheyRead More


Dean Losing Support on Left For His Stances on Its Issues

By E.J. Kessler

Howard Dean has rocketed to the front of the Democratic presidential pack with his angry, outsider style and his overt appeals to the anti-war left. But even as the former Vermont governor galvanizes the party’s left flank, many liberals are voicing concern over his stances on some of their most cherished issues.Many single-issue activists whoRead 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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