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The Neocons Lobby to Go to War — Again

by Allan Brownfeld THE SAME neo-conservatives who successfully pushed the nation to war with Iraq, a country that never attacked us and never possessed the “weapons of mass destruction” that the Bush administration promoted as a basis for war, are now back promoting war with Iran, a country more than three times the size of […]

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O My America: More on Progressive Jewish Identity

A RESPONSE TO ABIDOR’S RESPONSE by Lawrence Bush Does really think it mere coincidence, unrelated to Jewish history, culture, and ethical consciousness, that some third of the seven hundred northerners who went to Mississippi to fight for racial justice in 1964 were Jews — this in a country with a population that was maybe 5 […]

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How Many Neo-Cons Does It Take To Screw Out a Light Bulb?

by Marc Jampole An article by Claudia Rosett titled “First, they came for our 100-watt bulbs” making the rounds of right-wing media this week proposes that a new engineering standard is really an encroachment on our basic rights. She bemoans the loss of freedom represented by the federal government mandate to gradually phase out incandescent […]

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Elliott Abrams on ‘the Settlement Obsession’

by Nicholas Jahr Today brought the news that the Netanyahu administration has approved the construction of 1,600 new apartments in East Jerusalem (with 2,700 more on deck and 930 already given the green light). Lest anyone think this might be a problem, former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams had taken to the pages of the […]

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A Tradition of Solidarity

Black-Jewish Relations in the Pages of Jewish Currents by Rokhl Kaffrisen I VOTED FOR OBAMA. If you’re reading Jewish Currents, you probably did, too. Throughout the past century, American Jews have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, and in this election, more than three-quarters of American Jews did so. The surprising statistic is that my so-called peers, […]

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Party Poopers at Israel’s 60th

An Editorial For American Jewish leaders, the 60th anniversary of Israel is an occasion for piety, patriotism, and paranoia. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, endorses ‘my country right or wrong’ sentiments: “Let us not allow our dissatisfaction with this or that government policy to dampen our support for Israel … […]

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It's Our War Now

An Editorial For nearly five years, many liberal-minded Americans have viewed the war in Iraq as “Bush’s war” — launched on false pretexts at the prompting of neoconservative fantasists, in pursuit of oil and imperial goals, and in defiance of some ten million demonstrators worldwide. “Bush lied, thousands died,” says the bumper sticker. All true. […]

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