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US stokes arms races worldwide

America is not responsible for the world’s ills. But as the only military-economic superpower, our country does carry special responsibilities. The wise exercise of this power can hold the world peace, at least in most places. Recent American withdrawal from these responsibilities has generated dangerous arms races around the world. The primary American actor here is President Obama, but hardly without the firm support of Republican leaders.

Syria. Israel. Crimea. Ukraine. Iran. North Korea. Gulf emirates. Saudi Arabia. Japan. Egypt. Libya.

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American education’s racial madness

What is wrong with this picture? The Center for American Progress and the National Education Association bemoan the fact that minority students in American public schools do not have the same percentage of minority teachers. If the concern is that more minorities should become qualified to be teachers, well and good. But that’s not what these group bemoan. They maintain that a minority student, in order to succeed, needs a minority teacher; and on that basis bemoan the lack of minority teach...
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Wall Street’s secrecy swindle

In the national debate over what to do about public pension shortfalls, here’s something you may not know: The texts of the agreements signed between those pension funds and financial firms are almost always secret. Yes, that’s right. Although they are public pensions that taxpayers contribute to and that public officials oversee, the exact terms of the financial deals being engineered in the public’s name and with public money are typically not available to you, the taxpayer....
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When children go missing, parents are often tormented with guilt. Even if a child is snatched by a stranger in broad daylight, parents blame themselves because they couldn’t prevent the unimaginable. For parents of runaways, self-accusation and guilt can be compounded. Was there something we should have noticed in our child? Were there warning signs? Adolescence is synonymous with emotional turbulence. How do we differentiate healthy rebellion from potentially serious issues?...
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Two Popes

Jews cannot comment on canonization. We use the word “cannot” intentionally. The concept of canonization is profoundly alien to Judaism. All we can say is that to the extent that canonization enshrines the ideas of these two popes on the Jewish people, and on the history of Jewish-Catholic relations, it is all to the good. And, of course,we can comment on the two popes themselves: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 May 2014 01:34 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthpla... [Link]

Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

Anthony Weiss One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ hospital HQ, Virginia pol’s ulpan, understanding metzitzah b’peh

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Five Latin American nations pull envoys to Israel since Gaza conflict start

Ron Kampeas El Salvador is the fifth Latin American nation to pull its ambassador from Israel since the launch of Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

$540K judgment for Chicago cop in anti-Semitic harassment case

Anthony Weiss A Jewish Chicago police officer was awarded a $540,000 judgment against a former superior who allegedly taunted him for years with anti-semitic and racist remarks. ... [Link]

Shell strikes crowded Gaza market

Marcy Oster At least 17 people were killed when a mortar shell struck a crowded Gaza market. ... [Link]

Senate backs Israel’s goals in Gaza conflict

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously supported Israel’s goals in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a posture that distances the body from President Obama’s call for an immediate and unconditional ... [Link]

Three IDF soldiers killed uncovering tunnel entrance in Gaza

Marcy Oster Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed while uncovering the entrance to a tunnel shaft in a home in Gaza. ... [Link]

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