My generation was raised to fear cookie dough. Salmonella could lurk in every rubber spatula, and terrible things would befall the child who ate a bite of a raw confection. Only baking could render the dough safe.
In this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with staff writer Nathan Guttman about the implications of the results of the September 14 political primaries, and about our new political blog, MitzVote. Then, Forward editor Jane Eisner discusses what she witnessed on her recent reporting trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
It took us several hours to drive from Port-au-Prince to the tiny village of Monwi Mon Ivwa. On rare stretches, the road was flat and paved, occasionally punctuated by a house standing half-finished and empty, a frustrating hint of what could be if Haiti were a normal place. But mostly the road was thick with stones and ditches, difficult for even the scrawny resident goats and donkeys to navigate as they rummaged for food.
Lubert Jean-Pierre is a 48-year-old Haitian father of six who used to sell charcoal in a makeshift roadside stand before the earthquake. At about 4:30 in the afternoon on January 12, he had gone to a small prayer meeting at a church in his neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. At 4:53, the building began to shake, the roof collapsed, and all he remembers, he said, was people shouting: ?Jesus save us! Jesus save us!?
Global Report news anchors Eamon Martin and Allie Morris review highlights from the week in under-reported news. This week: a video reveals Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitting he deceived the United States into believing Israel was working towards peace; the United States and its allies are accused of aiding and abetting the killing and displacement of hundreds of Somali civilians; Argentina approves same-sex marriage; and unexploded bombs dropped on Laos by the US military during the Indochina War have killed or injured around 50,000 people since the mid-1960s. These stories and more.
On March 22, I went to a “Serious Night” party at B’nai Emet synagogue, in St. Louis Park, MN where the bar mitzvah scenes as well as some others in the Coen brothers film “A Serious Man” were filmed.
You probably know this one: Yankel the beggar goes to the rabbi and pleads for a handout. “Please, Rabbi,” he says, “I haven’t eaten in days.”
And now Haiti. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 — an earthquake under the ocean, generating a tidal wave that in some places was a hundred feet high — left 226,000 dead. In Haiti, it is too soon to know the final tally; too many bodies are still buried under the rubble. Current estimates are in the 200,000-300,000 range.