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Conductor Recreates Requiem of Musical Defiance

By Max Gross

Conductor Murry Sidlin was browsing through a table of used, tattered books when he discovered a slender book about the Terezin concentration camp that told an unusual musical story. According to the book, Terezin held a disproportionate number of artists and intellectuals. One inmate — Rafael Schachter of Prague — organized a chorusRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Godfather Knows Best: Pundits and journalists lately have had a field day with the word “neoconservative.” A quick Nexis search reveals that the word pops up in press accounts five times more often than it did just two years ago.Nevertheless, there seems to be little agreement about the term’s meaning or exactly who these neocons are andRead More


Activists Mourn U.N. Envoy Killed in Iraq

By Marc Perelman

Jewish activists mourned the violent death of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights and expressed hope that his successors will pursue his efforts to reach out to Jews and Israel.The high commissioner, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among at least 18 people killed in Tuesday’s bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, whereRead More


Faith-Based Prison Program’s Success Questioned

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A recent study that was widely presented as documenting the success of an all-Christian rehabilitation program in a Texas state prison — and serving as proof that the Bush administration-backed programs should be expanded — actually shows that the program is a failure.The two-year study (2000-2002), published jointlyRead More


Dems Blast Bush Over Threats to Israel

By Eric Marx

In what some observers are describing as a campaign to shore up Jewish electoral support, congressional Democrats are blasting the White House for allegedly pressuring Israel to cease construction of its West Bank security fence.Thirty-one congressmen, all but two of them Democrats, signed on to a recent letter blastingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Agnostic About Arnold: California’s top Republican brass is decidedly agnostic about the gubernatorial bid of moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite the media frenzy it touched off and polls showing the actor to be the leading candidate. Basically, they’re waiting to see whether he will survive whatever dirt comes outRead More


Gay Muslims Work Toward a New Islam

By Mubarak Dahir

The melodic strains of the Muslim call for prayer reverberate off the walls of the odd-shaped room as a handful of men and women gather side by side in a row up front. Eventually, the small assembly of faithful bend and bow in the familiarly graceful motions that constitute the Muslim prayer.But this is no mosque, and certainly no ordinaryRead More


Political Cartoon Raises Ire in Philadelphia

By Andrea Schleider

A recent cartoon published in the Philadelphia Inquirer criticizing Israel’s security fence is creating a tempest among Philadelphia’s Jewish community and major Jewish organizations.Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize winner and staff editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1971, illustrated a cartoon depicting Arabs cordonedRead More


In Ever-Richer European Union, Roma Still Live in Abject Poverty

By George Soros

The newly expanded European Union will stretch from the Atlantic to the Aegean, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Europeans will have 23 official languages in which to discuss how to spend their common currency. Borders have been knocked down, and cooperation has increased. The E.U., however, has not been a partnership for all its citizens.TooRead More


Bank Head Steps Down After Praising Hitler

By Rachel Zuckerman

The president of a Chicago area bank stepped down last week after a furor erupted over his comments praising Hitler’s economic policies.In a 1,500-word article in the July issue of Outlook, the online newsletter of the Glenview State Bank, which serves thousands of customers in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, President David RaubRead More


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