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California Dems Table Israel Resolution

By David Drucker

SACRAMENTO — Working behind the scenes with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Democratic activist Howard Welinsky succeeded in tabling a resolution about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the California Democratic Party’s recently concluded convention.Welinsky, who is also chairman of Democrats for Israel Los Angeles,Read More


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


Good Morning, Ruppin Street: Okay, Now I’m Really Scared

By Melvin Jules Bukiet

Shortly after dawn on my second morning in Tel Aviv, I heard a loudspeaker. Jet-lagged and groggy, I staggered to the terrace of my apartment overlooking the Mediterranean. Down below, a man inside a military-looking vehicle repeated a message that blasted out of a bullhorn mounted on the hood. My Hebrew ends at “shalom” so I desperatelyRead More


Indictments in Argentina Bombing Draw Denials, Threats From Iran

By Marc Perelman

Iranian officials threatened a possible cut-off of diplomatic relations with Argentina this week, after Argentina issued its long-awaited indictment of senior Iranian officials for masterminding the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.The 400-page indictment, issued last weekendRead More


Al Sharpton: I Want To Be Considered On the Merits

By E.J. Kessler

Ask Reverend Al Sharpton questions about public policy, and he gives terse, politically circumspect, moderate-left answers.Ask the controversial civil-rights activist and would-be Democratic presidential candidate whether he is being held to an unfair standard because of his race and history, however, and you get an earful.It’sRead More


Congressman Apologizes for Blaming War Push on Jews

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. James Moran is apologizing for claiming that the Jewish community was pushing the country into war. But the Virginia Democrat’s apology failed to allay the increasing fears in some circles that Jews will be blamed for a war against Iraq.Moran, a seven-term congressman representing a heavilyRead More


Secret State Dept. Report Disputing Bush Claim on Arab ‘Domino Effect’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department is circulating a classified report dismissing the White House claim that a regime change in Iraq would trigger a push for democracy throughout the Arab world.The report strongly criticizes the controversial prediction of a post-Saddam Hussein democratic “domino effect” in the Middle East, the Forward hasRead More





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