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Changing the Tune, Klezmatics Settle A Violinist’s Sex-Discrimination Suit

By Jon Kalish

The Klezmatics have settled a sex-discrimination lawsuit filed by a former member of the popular klezmer band, the Forward has learned.Fiddler Alicia Svigals, 40, was fired last year for missing out-of-town performances during her pregnancy and after the birth of her son.Though Svigals declined to disclose the amount of the settlement, she did sayRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Former Colorado senator Gary Hart certainly looks like he’s serious about running for president. Hart, who has been giving foreign policy addresses around the nation as he tests the waters for a run, appeared at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Democratic Committee’s gala dinner March 20, where he spoke briefly about the warRead More


Why They Call It Hell

War is an ugly, unpredictable affair. But certain things are utterly predictable, most of all this: Things go wrong. America’s plan for a quick victory, silencing the nay-sayers and shocking the broader Middle East into compliance, appears to have been an illusion. Now is the time to rethink. After the war is won we will needRead More


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


Powell Counters Cabal Charge

By Ami Eden

Secretary of State Colin Powell took the unusual step last week of assuring members of Congress that a “small cabal” of pro-Israeli American Jews is not orchestrating President Bush’s war push.Powell made his statement during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing March 13 dealing with foreign aid.“The strategy with respect toRead More


California Dems Table Israel Resolution

By David Drucker

SACRAMENTO — Working behind the scenes with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Democratic activist Howard Welinsky succeeded in tabling a resolution about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the California Democratic Party’s recently concluded convention.Welinsky, who is also chairman of Democrats for Israel Los Angeles,Read More


America’s Arabic TV Aims For 2003 Launch

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — An American government-sponsored Arabic language satellite television channel may be up and running before the end of this year, beaming news with an American style and spin to the Arab world. But doubts persist over whether such a station can change attitudes in the region.Broadcasting mogul Norman Pattiz, who aRead More


Keeping the Peace Poses New Battle for U.S. Troops

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is seeking ways to generate a favorable reaction from Iraqi civilians upon the conclusion of its drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein. But this battle for Iraqi opinion may prove as difficult as any military campaign.“Right from the start, winning the peace here will be a greater challenge than we haveRead More


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