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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


On Warsaw Ghetto Anniversary, A Pole Calls for Understanding

By Wladyslaw Bartoszewski

The proud and beautiful city of New York is known worldwide as one of the most important centers of the Jewish Diaspora. In fact, nowadays it is true to say that it is the most important city in the entire world. But as a Pole who lives and was born in Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, I can never forget that it was from Warsaw and other PolishRead More


Long Path Ahead for Establishing Rule of Law in Iraq

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Looting, vandalism and murderous retribution — the visible expressions of lawlessness that immediately followed the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime — do not even begin “to touch the tip of the iceberg” of the legal challenge that America and its allies face in Iraq, says Neil Kritz, one of the nation’s leading experts onRead More


Sharon Aide Makes the Case For U.S. Action Against Syria

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Breaking the self-imposed silence it maintained during the buildup to the war with Iraq and throughout the war itself, Israel publicly called on the United States this week to take decisive action against Syria and Iran.Making the case in Washington was Ephraim Halevy, Prime Minister Sharon’s national security advisor, whoRead More


Jewish Organizations Try To Block Al Jazeera in Canada

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Jewish groups are fighting to keep the Al-Jazeera television network off the air in Canada.Calling the Qatar-based network “antisemitic,” the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai Brith Canada are opposing efforts by an association of the country’s largest cable companies to broadcast Al-Jazeera. The Canadian CableRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of the Rev. Al Sharpton has yet to post any first-quarter contribution filing, but that’s okay, according to Sharpton’s chief strategist.“Why do political candidates raise money? To get their message out and energize voters. My candidate starts with that as his greatest strength,” the strategist, NewRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

By Ori Nir

Senate Approves ‘Faith-Based’ BillThe Senate last week passed an amended version of the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, a bill that encourages charitable donations to faith-based organizations by offering donors tax breaks and other incentives. Ninety-five senators backed the bill. Only five were opposed.The bill, whichRead More


Schools Chief Boosts Christian Values

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Education Rod Paige is refusing to resign or even apologize for comments he made in an interview praising schools that teach Christian values over public schools.In an interview published earlier this month in the Baptist Press, a news service of the Southern Baptist Convention, Paige said: “All thingsRead More


Syria Tensions May Stall Plan

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Rising tensions between Washington and Damascus may serve to delay the launch of the much-anticipated “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, senior Israeli officials told the Forward this week.An escalation in U.S.-Syrian tensions is likely to heat up Israel’s northern border, the officials said, forcing Washington toRead More


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