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Pentagon Team on Iran Comes Under Fire

By Marc Perelman

A small Pentagon planning office under fire for its alleged manipulation of intelligence on Iraq is also dealing with other countries in the Persian Gulf, including Iran, raising concerns among critics about the shaping of Bush administration policy in this sensitive region.Defense Department spokesmen acknowledge that a small, four-member team isRead More


Everything Is Not Illuminated

By Joshua Cohen

PRAGUE — Literature is the accounts of the outside writing in. This is a “golden rule,” for the post-World War I “lost generation” and, it’s possible to argue, for the whole of Jewish literature. Central and Eastern Europe has played host to some of literature’s greatest outsiders, including Franz Kafka, who, writing in German,Read More


Israel Strikes Balancing Act With Europe

PARIS — When American Jews hear the word “France” lately, they think of antisemitism, anti-Zionism and even anti-Americanism. They undoubtedly believe Israeli politicians see eye to eye with them on this when they hear Israeli officials rail against French President Jacques Chirac.But the view from Jerusalem is decidedly different — atRead More


Repackaging the Old World as a Tourist Attraction

By Lisa Keys

Imagine if you could cross a bridge and enter the world of our fathers. Literally.Imagine visiting a real-life shtetl, complete with a market, private homes, and a castle, as well as a cafe and a pharmacy. Imagine a place where children could play the games of their great-great-great-grandfathers and where adults might prayRead More


Evolution of the Greenhorns

From here it is not very far to “greenhorn” meaning a new immigrant from a foreign country, although the word had to take one more intermediate step before this happened –- namely, to be applied to rural bumpkins moving to the city. A mid-18th-century Englishman arriving in London from the country wrote, for example, that “A slouch in myRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Hard Pressed: The return of CNN’s longtime Johnny-on-the-spot correspondent Christiane Amanpour to the Middle East this week left no doubt that the world’s attention has yet again focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After a several month hiatus in Iraq, international news organizations are chomping at the journalistic bit,Read 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


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