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National Population Survey Postponed — Again

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey, the $6 million study whose release was postponed last November so that its methods could be reviewed, has been postponed again for a second review.The new delay means that the survey, commissioned by United Jewish Communities and originally set for completion in 2000, will not be published forRead More


Minnesota Ethics Case Turns Into Shoah History Lesson

By Burl Gilyard

ST. PAUL — The ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives met this week to hear the case of a Republican colleague under fire for repeatedly suggesting that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Part history lesson, part political circus, the hearing featured testimony from a wheelchair-bound Holocaust survivor and callsRead More


Report: 3.3 Million Dead in Africa’s Bloodiest Conflict

By Daniel Treiman

An estimated 3.3 million people have died during the last four and a half years as a result of the bloody war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a report issued Tuesday by a relief group.The International Rescue Committee report said that about 85% of the deaths were from hunger and disease brought on by the chaotic fightingRead More


For Jewish Soldiers, Base Is Lonely Place

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Since getting the call to leave Long Island and fly to an army base somewhere in the Midwestern corn belt, where she’s in final combat training exercises before heading to Iraq, Specialist Joanna Cohen has had plenty of time to meet the other Jewish soldiers stationed with her — all three of them.“I feel a bitRead More


Alleged Kurdish-Jewish Links Stir Turkish Conspiracy Theories

The war in Iraq has ended, and the Kurds in the country’s north emerge as one of the war’s great victors, liberating themselves from Saddam Hussein’s oppressive rule and declaring an independent state.To the world’s surprise, it turns out that one of the Kurds’ top leaders is actually Jewish and that, as a result, the nascent KurdishRead More


Dishing the Dirt on Fashion Industry: Fact or Fiction?

By Lisa Keys

This week, the critical, expertly lined eyes of the fashion elite will be trained on Lauren Weisberger.It’s not because Weisberger is tall, blond and happens to look great in a pair of slim-fitting Seven jeans. She has found fame not with her model-good looks, but by taking a page from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of theRead More


Foreign Minister Brings Word Of Concessions on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite its public criticisms of the internationally sponsored “road map” to Middle East peace, the Israeli government quietly has agreed to accept the plan and help shore up the new Palestinian prime minister.These concessions came in a surprise meeting Monday between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and President Bush.ApparentlyRead More


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U.S. Presses Israel on India DealUnder American pressure, Israel grudgingly has agreed to suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. Washington fears that the sale will increase tensions between India and Pakistan, as the Bush administration wages war in Iraq and keeps a watchful eye on North Korea.Israeli sources inRead More


‘Beautiful Things’: Drug Sting Nabs Chasidic Kingpin

By Seamus Mcgraw

Natan Banda seemed perfectly at ease as he slid his car into a parking space on a shadowy Washington Heights side street last July and shut off the engine. The 31-year-old businessman with addresses in the chasidic communities of Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg didn’t even bother to turn around and look at the man who walked to the rearRead More


Quiet Cooperation as U.S., Iran Battle Common Enemy

By Marc Perelman

Despite their declared enmity and public clashes over terrorism and nuclear reactors, Tehran and Washington have been quietly cooperating in waging the war on their common enemy, Saddam Hussein.To be sure, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld publicly warned Iran last week to keep the Badr brigades, the Iran-based military wing of an Iraqi oppositionRead More





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