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Experts Say Saddam Interview Showed Iraqi’s New Eloquence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Given Saddam Hussein’s penchant for rambling in interviews and tendency to appear dazzled by the luster of his own flowery Arabic, longtime observers of the Iraqi dictator have come to not expect much in the way of eloquence from him.That is why they were so surprised and impressed with Saddam’s sit-down last week with CBSRead More


In Crowded Field, Candidates Are Scrambling for Big Donors

By E.J. Kessler

As the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination gains momentum, the nine declared candidates in the field are in an unusually tough scramble for the backing of wealthy donors who fuel the nation’s campaign apparatus.But this year’s Democratic campaign is not like other years’ campaigns. Given the size of the field, candidates areRead More


Top Charities Spar Over Turf

By Nacha Cattan

Two of the most powerful Jewish charities in North America are trading accusations of undercutting each other’s efforts.The United Jewish Communities, the roof body of North American Jewish federations, complained in a February 28 letter that one of its primary overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, is underminingRead More


Rabbi’s Heirs Sue For Music Rights

By Nacha Cattan

The late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was masterful with a guitar and had a sweet way with words. But the late “singing rabbi” hit a flat note when it came to paperwork: The chasidic maestro rarely penned contracts, licenses or copyrights — and never composed a will.As a result, a multimillion-dollar global music industry flourishes inRead More


Ranting Poet’s Visit Makes For a Disturbing Week at Yale

By James Kirchick

As Yale Daily News columnist Eli Muller put it last Friday, “It has been an unpleasant week to be Jewish at Yale.”The trouble started when the university’s Afro-American Cultural Center decided to host controversial poet Amiri Baraka for a reading and discussion of his poem, “Somebody Blew Up America.” In that now infamous work, the poetRead More


In a Jerusalem Praying for Unity, Sectarianism Widens the Divide

By David Ellenson

The acting mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, was “busy” last Friday. That morning a delegation from the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion — headed by Chairman Burton Lehman, and including former chairmen Richard Scheuer and Stanley Gold — was scheduled to meet with Mayor Lupolianski at his office inRead More


THE FEATHERMAN FILE

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Trunk Lines: Can the American left find its way back to a healthy pride in America? Probably not until it learns a healthy respect for the Jewish roots of America’s political culture, author Jim Sleeper argues in the winter issue of Dissent magazine.“[T]ry to explain the powerRead More


Libeskind’s WTC Vision Was Born of Socialist Bronx

By Lisa Keys

As a young man living in the Amalgamated Houses in the Bronx, Daniel Libeskind — the architect selected this week to rebuild the World Trade Center site — recalls being immersed in an environment in which progressive politics, Yiddish literary debates and a community spirit thrived.“It shaped me completely,” LibeskindRead More


Atheist Scores Fresh Win in Pledge Case

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — Michael Arthur Newdow scored another legal win last week in his crusade to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, but the Bush administration is vowing not to give up the fight.An avowed atheist and resident of Sacramento, Calif., Newdow claimed victory again February 28 when a federal appeals court refused to reconsiderRead More


Newsdesk March 7, 2003

Lauder Criticized on ArtA recently reported admission by cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder that he owns artwork with questionable provenance is raising hackles among activists seeking to recover Nazi-stolen art, especially given Lauder’s top post in one such restitution project.Lauder, chairman of the World Jewish Congress’sRead More


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