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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


Newsdesk April 11, 2003

Israel: No U.S. PressureThe Israeli embassy in Washington denied this week that the Bush administration officially requested that Jerusalem suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. “There was no official request,” said Yossi Draznin, who handles American-Israeli defense cooperation at the embassy. DrazninRead More


Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy hands and Middle East pundits responded with surprise and disbelief this week to the presidential nomination of Daniel Pipes, an outspoken Middle East hawk, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution dedicated to preventing, managing and peacefully resolving internationalRead More


German Official’s Visit Focuses On Israeli-European Relations

JERUSALEM — German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Israeli officials this week that he is worried by Israel’s deteriorating relationship with Europe.Visiting Israel for the first time in 10 months, Fischer told Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Monday that he cannot “carry the burden alone” for concern for Israel’s positionRead More


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