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Minnesota Ethics Case Turns Into Shoah History Lesson

By Burl Gilyard

ST. PAUL — The ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives met this week to hear the case of a Republican colleague under fire for repeatedly suggesting that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Part history lesson, part political circus, the hearing featured testimony from a wheelchair-bound Holocaust survivor and callsRead More


Report: 3.3 Million Dead in Africa’s Bloodiest Conflict

By Daniel Treiman

An estimated 3.3 million people have died during the last four and a half years as a result of the bloody war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a report issued Tuesday by a relief group.The International Rescue Committee report said that about 85% of the deaths were from hunger and disease brought on by the chaotic fightingRead More


For Jewish Soldiers, Base Is Lonely Place

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Since getting the call to leave Long Island and fly to an army base somewhere in the Midwestern corn belt, where she’s in final combat training exercises before heading to Iraq, Specialist Joanna Cohen has had plenty of time to meet the other Jewish soldiers stationed with her — all three of them.“I feel a bitRead More


Alleged Kurdish-Jewish Links Stir Turkish Conspiracy Theories

The war in Iraq has ended, and the Kurds in the country’s north emerge as one of the war’s great victors, liberating themselves from Saddam Hussein’s oppressive rule and declaring an independent state.To the world’s surprise, it turns out that one of the Kurds’ top leaders is actually Jewish and that, as a result, the nascent KurdishRead More


Dishing the Dirt on Fashion Industry: Fact or Fiction?

By Lisa Keys

This week, the critical, expertly lined eyes of the fashion elite will be trained on Lauren Weisberger.It’s not because Weisberger is tall, blond and happens to look great in a pair of slim-fitting Seven jeans. She has found fame not with her model-good looks, but by taking a page from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

No Kidding: Hebrew University professor Omer Moav has devised an economic formula to combat global poverty: Fewer kids equals more wealth.“Why is rapid population growth bad for a country’s standard of living?”, the Jerusalem-based sociologist and economist writes in a March 2003 article on Project-Syndicate.org. “The math is simple:Read More


Ethiopian Leader Alleges Discrimination

By Nacha Cattan

A leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court, claiming the government discriminated against her by denying her a job because of her political party affiliation.Negist Mengesha claims she was denied a job leading an internationally funded Ethiopian welfare program after she became politicallyRead More


ADL: Antisemitic Incidents Soar in N. California

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — Antisemitic incidents soared 800% in Northern California last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit released last week.Northern California logged only 13 events in 2001 but saw 117 in 2002. Thirty-five occurred in San Francisco; 27 occurred in Alameda County, including Berkeley and Oakland; and 13Read More


Bush Administration Scores Diplomatic Victory at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — While the whole world was transfixed by military maneuvers in Iraq, the Bush administration scored a major victory on the diplomatic battlefield at the United Nations.Last Thursday, despite widespread resentment over the administration’s decision to bypass the Security Council regarding Iraq, the U.N. Human Rights CommissionRead More


Iraq War Pushes Little-Known Assyrians to Fore

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Waving American flags, more than 400 people gathered last Sunday in Chicago’s Warren Park, carrying signs that read “God Bless America.” At first glance, the scene was unremarkable in this time of rallies for and against the war. But there was something unusual about this crowd. Their Middle Eastern looks. The hand-lettered signsRead More


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