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Britain Set To Deliberate Ban On Kosher Slaughter

By Sam Greene

LONDON — A debate over kosher slaughter in Britain is pitting animal-rights activists against Jewish community leaders, and placing the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities on the same side of the fence.Next month, the British government is expected to consider a report from an animal-rights advisory group that will ask for a ban onRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

We can’t tell you what Massachusetts Senator John Kerry said when he addressed Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, a group of young Democrats better known as DL21C; the presidential hopeful’s campaign kept the May 20 speech in New York off the record.We can, however, tell you about how the speech was received.Speaking at Eugene, a chicRead More


Long List of Experts Advising Presidential Hopefuls

By E.J. Kessler

A decade ago, when the Democrats set out to reform healthcare, they turned to one person above all others: Ira Magaziner.The New England management consultant, charged in the early 1990s with helping then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton reform the nation’s healthcare system, had a reputation as a genius — at least until his proposalsRead More


Dems Propose Variety of Plans To Reform Healthcare

By E.J. Kessler

The last Democrat in the White House, President Clinton, hoped to make healthcare reform a centerpiece of his first administration.But the plan his office produced proved so mind-numbingly long, complex and abstruse that it became a symbol for everything that was wrong with “big government.” In 1994, his proposal was resoundinglyRead More


Media Moguls Crowd Out Liberal Voices

By Gus Tyler

In the world of media, as in the corporate sector as a whole, the trend is toward the concentration of ownership with ever fewer firms owning and controlling ever greater sectors of the economy. But, in the area of the media, the oligarchy (rule by the few) is, in a sense, a monopoly because a handful of networks that dominate the airwaves promoteRead More


Plan for Ethiopian Immigrants Collapses

By Nacha Cattan

Ethiopian activists and their allies are waging a multi-front protest against the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency for Israel and several American Jewish philanthropies.Thousands of demonstrators in Jerusalem this week pitched tents outside the prime minister’s office to protest the apparent collapse of a 4-month-old government planRead More


Mideast Peace Plan Gets Surprising Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As Israel debated in recent weeks whether to endorse the American-led “road map” peace initiative, Jerusalem and its allies in the United States received a surprising push — from Elliott Abrams, the National Security Council’s senior director for Near East and North African affairs.Before joining the security council sixRead More


Streams Unite To Fight Ministry on Conversion

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare moment of cross-denomination solidarity, Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel are joining their Orthodox colleagues in opposing an Interior Ministry move to end automatic citizenship for those who convert to Judaism in Israel.The Interior Ministry, led by the anti-clerical Shinui Party, announced plans this weekRead More


State Department Ratchets Up Pressure on Syria To Halt Support of Terror Groups

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s top Syria expert warned this week that Damascus will face a sharp escalation of American pressure if it fails to act quickly to halt its support of terrorist groups.“Damascus finds itself at a crossroads,” said the official, Stephen Seche, director of the Syria, Lebanon and Jordan desk in the StateRead More


New Islamist Network Seen Emerging From Blasts

By Marc Perelman

As terrorists struck on three continents in an explosive wave of suicide attacks last week and the United States was put on its second-highest level of alert, Western analysts noted growing signs of coordination between Al Qaeda and regional Islamic groups previously seen as unrelated to it, including Hamas.The links, some experts suggested,Read More





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