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Top Bush Adviser Engulfed In Spat Over His Business

By Marc Perelman

A top Bush administration adviser who is known as a leading advocate of war with Iraq became engulfed in controversy this week regarding a potential conflict of interest between his business activities and his unpaid government postion.Richard Perle, a former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, has come under fire for accepting aRead More


Hardly a Dove Among Dems’ Brain Trusters

By E.J. Kessler

Anyone looking for a strongly dovish alternative to the foreign affairs and national security policymakers advising President Bush would be hard pressed to find it among the analysts and former diplomats advising the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls.An informal survey of the top five contenders’ campaigns yielded a listRead More


E-mail Spat Shines Light On Volatile Israel Debates After the Fire

By Daniel Treiman

With his anguished e-mail dispatches from strife-torn Israel, American-born Rabbi Daniel Gordis has become something of a mini-celebrity in the Jewish community. But some critics are crying foul over a recent posting in which he took aim at a left-wing rabbinical student.In a March 16 e-mail, titled “Take Off That Mask,” Gordis slammedRead More


Secrets of the City

A SERIALIZED NOVELBy Anne RoipheCHAPTER 68: THE FINAL CHAPTER* * * This is the final installment of Anne Roiphe’s serialized novel, “Secrets of the City,” which can be found online at www.forward.com. A hardcover version of the novel will be published in October by Random House’s Shaye Areheart Books imprint.

In Chapter 67, aRead More


Russian Oligarch May Face Extradition

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — British authorities bowed to Kremlin requests to begin extradition hearings against Boris Berezovsky, a Russian Jewish tycoon and former politician who has been in self-imposed exile in London for more than three years.Berezovsky, along with a former business colleague, Yulii Dubov, was arrested and promptly released March 24, in anRead More


Conservatives Taking a Page From Orthodox Prayer Book

By Ami Eden

Spurred in large part by the growing popularity of an Orthodox publisher, leaders of Conservative Judaism are set to release the movement’s first prayer book with extensive built-in commentary.Movement rabbis acknowledge that a main impetus for commissioning the new commentary, titled “Or Hadash” and set to beRead More


Bush Plans To Privatize the Rebuilding of Iraq

By Gus Tyler

Although the war in Iraq is not yet over, it appears that our ever-provident president already has a set of ideas on how to rebuild the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein. A recent Wall Street Journal headline proclaims: “Bush Has an Audacious Plan To Rebuild Iraq Within a Year.”The Journal comments: “The U.S. plan as currently laid out couldRead More


U.N. Envoy See Opening as Blair Prods for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With fresh signs that the White House is set to release a controversial new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, tension mounted this week among American Jewish activists preparing to gather in Washington for an annual show of political strength.About 5,000 activists are expected to arrive in Washington Sunday for what is being billed asRead More


Author Paints a Picture of Iraq’s Future After Saddam

By Max Gross

In “The New Iraq,” author Joseph Braude paints a vivid portrait of modern-day Iraq and lays out a detailed plan for rebuilding the country after the war. But Braude — who has lived in Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Tehran — has never actually been to Iraq. Not yet, anyway.“I’ll be on the first plane to Baghdad” after Saddam Hussein isRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

Shock and Flaw: “Most Arabs are in a state of shock,” The Daily Star, a Lebanese daily, editorialized on March 21, the day after war broke out in Iraq.“The passive manner in which we watch events unfolding around us, unable or unwilling to muster the political will to chart our own history, is a terrible symptom of someRead More


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