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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


Newsdesk July 25, 2003

Feinstein Backs VouchersSenator Dianne Feinstein of California has come out in favor of experimental school-voucher program being pushed by fellow Democrat, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams.In an opinion article in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Feinstein wrote that although she has never before supported a voucher program and still deeply believesRead More


Lobbyists Quiet Before White House Visits

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — On the eve of back-to-back White House visits by the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, and with pressure mounting for Israeli gestures to strengthen the Palestinian leader, Washington lobbyists for Israel were keeping an uncharacteristically low profile this week.With a handful of exceptions on the right and left, lobbyistsRead More


ZOA Blasts State Dept. Advisers as Anti-Israel

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Zionist Organization of America is blasting the State Department for naming what it called “hostile critics of Israel” to the new Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.The panel was assembled at the request of Congress to study the efficacy of the State Department’s public outreach to the Arab andRead More


Fear of Informants Leaves Arab Americans Reluctant To Speak Out

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Covering the Arab-American community here in the Windy City is not easy. People hide from reporters. They don’t want their names to appear in print. They seem irrationally mistrustful and refuse to speak on the record for any number of reasons: one “because I have a sister in Ramallah,” another because he didn’t want toRead More


Green Dreams and Red Tape: A Tale of Innovation, Squelched

By Michael Tomasky

Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the Corporate Squeeze By Lis Harris Houghton Mifflin, 241 pages, $25. * * *The City of New York publishes a little booklet called the Green Book, which is a directory of every government agency in the city and all their leading officials. A copy sits on any serious urban reporter’sRead More


Palestinians Head to D.C. To Fight West Bank Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A team of young Palestinian policy advisers is coming to Washington this week in an effort to sway political opinions about the security fence that Israel is building in the West Bank. The group’s presentation on the subject has already influenced at least one member of the Bush administration: NationalRead More


Knesset Vote Scandal Puts Democracy in the Dock

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The fraud squad of Israel’s national police is expected to complete its investigation into the Knesset double-voting scandal this week and will make its recommendations to Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on whether to pursue a full prosecution.The scandal involves Knesset members, most of them from Likud, who are suspected ofRead More


The Tortilla Steps Up to the Plate, Filling the Hole Left by the Bagel

By Lisa Keys

MILLBURN, N.J. — Surveying his colorful, recently opened restaurant, David Fishman points to the smoky, saucy and decidedly untough meat being devoured by a reporter. “That’s not your bubbe’s brisket,” he said, raising an eyebrow and smiling.Indeed. While the word “brisket” conjures images of Passover Seders and home-cookedRead More


9/11 Report Ups Heat On Saudis, Washington

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already embattled over its use of doubtful intelligence in building its case for the war against Iraq, is gearing up for renewed scrutiny over reports that it has hampered investigations of the September 11 attacks.A congressional report on the attacks is set to be released in the middle of next week,Read More


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