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A Maverick in the Ivory Tower

By Neal Sokol

“Think about it,” said author and anthologist Ilan Stavans, “the end of World War II happened not even 60 years ago. How to understand the amount of monographs and studies on Jewish themes published worldwide today, especially in English, if not as a revenge of a perseverant spirit?”Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring professor of LatinRead More


Liberals Vow Court Fight Over Limit On Abortion

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Liberal groups are vowing a constitutional court challenge if President Bush follows through on his promise to sign the first federal law banning an abortion procedure.The measure, a ban on a procedure widely known as “partial birth abortion,” passed the House of Representatives last week by a wide margin, after the SenateRead More


Former Foe of Affirmative Action Backs Policy in Michigan Case

By Daniel Treiman

During the 1970s, the neoconservative sociologist Nathan Glazer was one of affirmative action’s leading critics.Now, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to hand down a decision this month determining the future of affirmative action in university admissions, Glazer has signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief along with six otherRead More


Black-Jewish Tensions Mar Mayoral Campaign

By E.J. Kessler

A dispute over racially divisive remarks allegedly made by a city employee is threatening to raise black-Jewish tensions around the Philadelphia mayoral race.Last week, the City of Brotherly Love’s Democratic mayor, John Street, reprimanded an African-American city official who allegedly complained last month in a city commerceRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Three Smart Jews: “What if three smart German Jews in the nineteenth century had taken different paths?”So begins “Secrets of Genius,” an 88-page exploration by U.S. News & World Report of “three minds that shaped the twentieth century”: Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx.The “Special Collector’s Edition,” put outRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Senator John Edwards launched into an attack on big pharmaceutical companies last Thursday at the “Take Back America” conference in Washington, D.C.Getting on his populist mojo, Edwards told the left-leaning crowd that packed a ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, “The Democratic Party has to stand up to the bigRead More


Newsdesk June 6, 2003

Jerusalem Elects MayorJerusalem will get its first ultra-Orthodox elected mayor. Uri Lupolianski defeated Nir Barkat by 51% to 43% in Tuesday’s election, according to incomplete results. Lupolianski has been serving as Jerusalem’s acting mayor. In Haifa, Yona Yahav of the Shinui-Greens list will become mayor after defeating Likud-OneRead More


Conservatives Clash Over Gay Outreach

By Daniel Treiman

A prominent Jewish conservative is accusing leading social conservatives of “intolerance” after they criticized the chairman of the Republican National Committee for meeting with a gay advocacy group.David Horowitz, a former radical leftist turned right-wing provocateur, wrote an article blasting the conservative activists, citing byRead More


Duke, in Prison, Appeals for Cash

By Max Gross

David Duke has initiated yet another fundraising drive — from prison.The former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi sympathizer, who is serving a 15-month sentence in the Big Spring federal prison in Texas, is asking for contributions to promote his latest book, an attack on Jews and Israel titled “Jewish Supremacism.”“Every day,Read More


Survivors’ Groups Decry Plan for Fund Disbursement

By Nacha Cattan

Plans for the disbursement of a Holocaust-related humanitarian fund established by German insurance companies are drawing fire from American groups of Holocaust survivors, as well as Israeli officials.At issue is a proposal, endorsed by the fund’s administrator, to use as much as one-fifth of the $165 million fund for Holocaust education andRead More





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