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America’s Arabic TV Aims For 2003 Launch

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — An American government-sponsored Arabic language satellite television channel may be up and running before the end of this year, beaming news with an American style and spin to the Arab world. But doubts persist over whether such a station can change attitudes in the region.Broadcasting mogul Norman Pattiz, who aRead More


Keeping the Peace Poses New Battle for U.S. Troops

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is seeking ways to generate a favorable reaction from Iraqi civilians upon the conclusion of its drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein. But this battle for Iraqi opinion may prove as difficult as any military campaign.“Right from the start, winning the peace here will be a greater challenge than we haveRead More


Pro-Israel General Will Oversee Reconstruction of Postwar Iraq

By Alana Newhouse

With the United States poised to invade Iraq, attention has turned to retired army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man set to govern the country in the event of an American military victory.Garner — who in 1991 helped lead Operation Provide Comfort, which delivered food and shelter to Kurds in northern Iraq after the Persian Gulf War — will overseeRead More


Brazil Connection Links Terrorist Groups

By Marc Perelman

What was the top leadership of Al Qaeda doing in Brazil during the mid-1990s?This is the million-dollar question American and South American security officials are trying to answer since it became known that Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the top Al Qaeda operative snagged in Pakistan on March 1, spent three weeks at the end of 1995 in Brazil — in aRead More


American Killed By Israeli Bulldozer, As Civilian Deaths Mount

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In any other week, the death of Rachel Corrie would have touched off furious international shock waves. A blond, attractive 23-year-old American college student, Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer last Sunday while she stood with a group of fellow peace activists trying to stop a home demolition in Gaza.The armyRead More


Disagreements on Iraq, Pius XII Aired in Paris

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Senior Vatican and French Jewish communal officials attended the second “European Encounters Between Catholics and Jews” last week in Paris, a two-day event that climaxed on the evening of March 11 with a reception for more than 1,000 people in the honor ballroom of City Hall. Organized by the European Jewish Congress and theRead More


Disclosure of Unclaimed Properties Urged

By Nacha Cattan

As a young girl, Anita Hoffer spent hours on her grandparents’ laps listening to tales of their cosmopolitan lives in pre-war Berlin. They were thankful to escape Germany before the Holocaust. But as chicken farmers in Vineland, N.J., during the 1950s, Hoffer’s grandparents couldn’t help but pine for the furniture dealership theyRead More


Mideast Tensions Rile Toronto Campus

By Sheldon Gordon

York University, a suburban Toronto campus with Canada’s largest concentration of Jewish students, is reeling from the “Concordia virus” — the spread of tensions between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students that previously infected Montreal’s Concordia University.Last week, Toronto police briefly arrested, but did not charge, a JewishRead More


Newsdesk March 21, 2003

Doctor Killer ConvictedAnti-abortion extremist James Kopp was found guilty Tuesday for the 1998 sniper shooting of a doctor who provided abortions. Kopp faces 15 years to life for shooting Dr. Barnett Slepian. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 9.Slepian was killed on a Friday night by a single bullet from a high-powered rifle throughRead More


Vice President Resorts to Brass Knuckle Tactics

By Gus Tyler

Many moons ago, Vice President Dick Cheney held a meeting with his Energy Task Force to consider national policy in this vital area. Consumer and environmental groups complained that they had something to contribute to the discussion but had not been invited. The scuttlebutt was that energy corporations, like Enron, were present at theRead More





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