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Survey Finds Poverty Rate Among Jews Soars in N.Y.

By Daniel Treiman

The number of poor Jews in New York City has skyrocketed over the past decade, coinciding with significant shifts in the demographic makeup of the nation’s largest Jewish community, according to a major survey released Monday by UJA-Federation of New York.The survey, the 2002 Jewish Community Study of New York, found that the proportion ofRead More


Calls Mount for Int’l Troops in Territories

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration stepped up its pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a cease-fire this week, pressure was mounting on Capitol Hill for an international military force to patrol the troubled territories and separate the sides.The proposal, which Israel rejects and President Bush has not embraced, was endorsedRead More


Oil for Food Sales Seen As Iraq Tie To Al Qaeda

By Marc Perelman

The hunt for Saddam Hussein’s money could provide some clues to one of the claims made by the Bush administration to justify its war in Iraq — the possible link between the former Iraqi regime and the Al Qaeda terrorist group.Two entities, a shadowy banking network linked by the administration to Al Qaeda and a Saudi oil company close to theRead More


Settlers Are Challenging Evacuations Of Outposts

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — While American and Egyptian mediators were huddling this week with Israelis and Palestinians over the anti-terrorism provisions of President Bush’s ”road map” to peace, another key point in the plan — dismantling Israeli settlement outposts in the territories — has stalled.Sharon committed himself at the June 4 Aqaba summitRead More


Feith Seen as War-Plans Fall Guy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Douglas Feith, one of the leading hawks in the Pentagon, is coming under increasing criticism from within the administration, leading some to speculate about his future.Administration officials, particularly in the State Department, claim that Feith and his staff mishandled preparations for postwar IraqRead More


Memoir Recalls Bad Hugs: Hers and His

An astute observer of American culture once questioned why anyone would ever buy the autobiography of a celebrity, since the few lines actually worth reading always end up in the newspapers.In other words, why drop $28 for a copy of “Living History,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new autobiography, when we already have been reading for days aboutRead More


A Guilty Plea, But Questions Remain

By Gus Tyler

Halliburton, the Texas energy giant, headed by Dick Cheney before his election as vice president, pleaded guilty to a charge of bribery to win tax favors from the West African country of Nigeria. The bribe was substantial: $2.4 million.The illegal action was carried through by one of Halliburton’s subsidiaries — Kellogg Brown & Root. ButRead More


Kosher Food Manufacturer To Pay Compensation

A Brooklyn-based kosher food manufacturer has agreed to a $1.075 million settlement stemming from charges that it violated state and federal labor laws.New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer announced Wednesday that employees would be compensated for unpaid wages. Under the terms of a the settlement brokeredRead More


‘Guru of Ganja’ Sees Cracks Developing in Federal Anti-Drug Laws

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — The self-proclaimed “guru of ganja” Ed Rosenthal says his one-day, time-already-served sentence for three marijuana-cultivation felonies proves that federal laws against pot are going up in smoke. But a federal judge in San Francisco insisted that this get-out-of-jail-free card could be played onlyRead More


Charity Chiefs Decrying Lack of Coordinated Opposition to Tax Cuts

By Nacha Cattan

With social service agencies nationwide squeezed between rising need, stagnant budgets and shrinking state aid, growing numbers of local Jewish charity officials are grumbling over the failure of their national leaders to oppose the administration’s tax cut policies.Volunteer and professional leaders at Jewish welfare federationsRead More





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