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Doing Well by Doing Good: ‘Tax Cheat’ Trumpets Largesse

By Daniel Treiman

Marc Rich, the pardoned tax fugitive, has given away more than $100 million in the last two decades, according to an elegant, hard-bound history of his philanthropic work issued recently by his foundation.It turns out, though, that even if recipients returned every penny, it still might not be enough to settle his tax bill. NewRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Does the presidential candidacy of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman have a Jewish problem? Some folks seem to think so.The Hartford Courant took its home-state senator to task last week for what it called his “dismal” first-quarter contribution filing, saying there was a “Jewish wrinkle” to Lieberman’s lackluster showing: TheRead More


A Farewell to Partisan Review, Bracing ‘Family of Freethinkers’

By Sanford Pinsker

It’s been more than a decade since I first submitted a piece to Partisan Review — it was a review of Sidney Hook’s letters — and received a typed note from William Phillips, the journal’s co-founder and longtime editor, telling me that, with some minor changes, he’d print it. I was overjoyed, partly because any acceptanceRead More


Third Trial In ’91 Riot Shows Race Still Divides

By Nacha Cattan

An air of frustration filled Courtroom 6 during jury selection in the Brooklyn federal courthouse last week when Juror 46 insisted that despite her own biases she could be fair in the racially charged trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr. When Judge Frederic Block admitted her to a pool of jury finalists, frustration boiled over into anger.JurorRead More


U.S. Probe Sees Terror Networks Sharing Men, Cash in Global Trail

By Marc Perelman

American authorities are investigating a suspicious money trail that leads from the jungles of South America to the suburbs of Dallas and may shed light on the interlocking finances of some key terrorist networks, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.Federal and Texas state investigators are seeking clues to the origin and destination of millions ofRead More


Intentions Unclear, Sharon Remains Sphinx of Jerusalem

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Does he or doesn’t he? This is the question asked most often these days about Prime Minister Sharon. Does the Israeli leader seriously intend to push the peace process forward, as he professes with growing vigor, or is he just playing for time, waiting for an opportunity to abort the process?The signals are mixed, the evidence isRead More


New Welfare Plan Said To Deal Blow To Single Mothers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to tighten America’s chief welfare plan could drive poor single mothers deeper into poverty, according to a new report.The current welfare plan, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, was enacted as part of the celebrated welfare reform legislation passed by the Clinton administration in 1996.Read More


Sighs of Relief Greet Quebec Separatists’ Defeat

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — As they observed Passover last week, many members of Montreal’s 100,000-strong Jewish community were also celebrating what some called a liberation of another sort: the defeat in provincial elections of the nationalist Parti Quebecois, which had been trying since 1994 to promote Quebec’s secession from Canada.The PartiRead More


Cabinet Pick Opens Door to ‘Map’ Push

WASHINGTON — With the last-minute breaking of a deadlock in Ramallah over the formation of a new Palestinian Cabinet, the Bush administration appears once again to have been vindicated in its “vision” of Palestinian reforms leading to a renewed peace process.The deadlock ended Wednesday when Yasser Arafat accepted the Cabinet presentedRead More


Passover Laws Divide Coalition

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon’s government faced a possible new coalition crisis this week after the Interior Ministry, led by the anti-clerical Shinui party, declined to enforce laws against public display of leavened foods, or chametz, during Passover.The ministry policy led to protests from Orthodox politicians, who called on SharonRead More


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