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U.N. Envoy Views Window of Opportunity for Peace

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Events in Washington and the Middle East have conspired to create a “window of opportunity” to put the Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track for the first time in two-and-half years, the United Nations special Middle East envoy told the Forward.Three factors make the current moment ripe for progress, said theRead More


Cartoon Stirs Protests on Maryland Campus

By Daniel Treiman

The University of Maryland’s student newspaper is under fire for publishing a cartoon accusing an American student activist killed by an Israeli army bulldozer earlier this month of “stupidity.”University administrators and student protesters have blasted the decision of The Diamondback to publish a cartoon March 18 ridiculing Rachel Corrie,Read More


Anti-War March Recalls Protests of an Earlier Day

By Bernard Bellush

A shy young woman, Toni, drew close to my wife and me as we patiently waited for this now huge, anti-war gathering to start its march down Broadway, where so many have marched before. She was a teacher of English as a second language who had come to midtown Manhattan to express her opposition to the preemptive war launched by President Bush.Read More


Coleman Bucks White House on Drilling

By E.J. Kessler

Minnesota’s new senator, Norm Coleman, one of only two Jewish Republicans in the Senate, raised eyebrows last week when he bucked the party line to vote against President Bush’s proposal to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.Coleman is considered something of a protégé of Bush and his chief political strategist KarlRead More


Changing the Tune, Klezmatics Settle A Violinist’s Sex-Discrimination Suit

By Jon Kalish

The Klezmatics have settled a sex-discrimination lawsuit filed by a former member of the popular klezmer band, the Forward has learned.Fiddler Alicia Svigals, 40, was fired last year for missing out-of-town performances during her pregnancy and after the birth of her son.Though Svigals declined to disclose the amount of the settlement, she did sayRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Former Colorado senator Gary Hart certainly looks like he’s serious about running for president. Hart, who has been giving foreign policy addresses around the nation as he tests the waters for a run, appeared at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Democratic Committee’s gala dinner March 20, where he spoke briefly about the warRead More


Why They Call It Hell

War is an ugly, unpredictable affair. But certain things are utterly predictable, most of all this: Things go wrong. America’s plan for a quick victory, silencing the nay-sayers and shocking the broader Middle East into compliance, appears to have been an illusion. Now is the time to rethink. After the war is won we will needRead More


Top Bush Adviser Engulfed In Spat Over His Business

By Marc Perelman

A top Bush administration adviser who is known as a leading advocate of war with Iraq became engulfed in controversy this week regarding a potential conflict of interest between his business activities and his unpaid government postion.Richard Perle, a former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, has come under fire for accepting aRead More


Hardly a Dove Among Dems’ Brain Trusters

By E.J. Kessler

Anyone looking for a strongly dovish alternative to the foreign affairs and national security policymakers advising President Bush would be hard pressed to find it among the analysts and former diplomats advising the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls.An informal survey of the top five contenders’ campaigns yielded a listRead More


E-mail Spat Shines Light On Volatile Israel Debates After the Fire

By Daniel Treiman

With his anguished e-mail dispatches from strife-torn Israel, American-born Rabbi Daniel Gordis has become something of a mini-celebrity in the Jewish community. But some critics are crying foul over a recent posting in which he took aim at a left-wing rabbinical student.In a March 16 e-mail, titled “Take Off That Mask,” Gordis slammedRead More





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