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After a Child’s Death, Discovering Signs and Wonders

By Nathaniel Popper

Two years and an ocean removed from the brutal murder of her 13-year-old son, Sherri Mandell still has problems confronting the question “How are you doing?” with much more than downcast eyes and a sigh.“The grief stays with you. It’s not something that goes away,” she said before beginning lunch with the Forward last week, whileRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Raiders of the Lost Art: The inability of the American military to prevent the looting of the Baghdad Museum during the early stages of the war in Iraq constituted, to many critics around the world, nothing less than aiding and abetting the plunder of the cradle of civilization.With cross-cultural sensitivity presumablyRead More


Newsdesk September 26, 2003

Groups Push for AIDS FundsThe campaign to push for more money to fight AIDS in Africa is uniting Jewish groups with rock stars, Christian leaders, human-rights activists and Africa advocates.The orchestrated effort is aimed at trying to convince the White House and the Republican congressional leadership to appropriate the fullRead More


Support for Syria Bill Grows in Congress

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Congressional support is mounting for tougher action against Syria and Iran, as the White House insists that both countries are attempting to develop weapons of mass destruction.The new congressional push for sanctions comes after senior Bush administration officials testified last week that Iran already has the ability to buildRead More


ADL Causes Stir

By Nathaniel Popper

fascist party, and the other part of his government was the Northern Alliance, which is composed of racists from the north who regard the southerners as degenerate. Does that sound like a good human rights and civil rights record to you?”Even for some people sympathetic to the ADL’s decision, Berlusconi’s past is cause for pause.“IRead More


Report Finds Flaws in Population Survey

By Nacha Cattan

A recently released review by leading survey researchers has pointed to holes in the methodology of the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 that could have led to an undercount of the Jewish population.The review comes as emotions over the controversial population survey conducted by United Jewish Communities are reaching a feverRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hello, Goodbye: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is welcoming retired general Wesley Clark into the Democratic presidential race even as he is insisting that in at least one way, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is outside the Democratic Party.During a conference call September 19 with reporters from Jewish publications, aRead More


Beyond Mexicanidad: The Other Roots of Frida Kahlo’s Identity

By Leslie Camhi

In 1932, Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera were dining with other guests at the Detroit home of Henry Ford, the automotive titan and noted antisemite. (The city had commissioned Rivera to paint a series of murals devoted to the theme of modern industry.) During a lull in conversation, with a characteristic mixture of seeming naivete andRead More


Vatican Distances Itself From Praise Of Gibson’s Movie

By Marc Perelman

The Vatican is distancing itself from the comments of two Catholic officials who recently praised the controversial Mel Gibson movie “The Passion.”In a letter sent to the Anti-Defamation League, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the top Vatican liaison to the Jewish community, said that any endorsements of the film from topRead More


Peres Birthday Bash a Blast From the Oslo Past

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Celebrating his 80th birthday this week, Shimon Peres enjoyed what was in many ways his finest hour. His two-day birthday party was, by Israeli standards, a feast fit for a caesar. Never before in the history of the country — and probably never again — had so many foreign leaders and dignitaries traveled so far just to singRead More


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