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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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JTA News

Pew survey: Americans think religious influence declining

Julie Wiener Nearly three-quarters of Americans think religion is losing its influence in American life, according to a new survey. ... [Link]

Backers of anti-Iran group create mirror group against violent Islamists

Uriel Heilman The Counter Extremism Project, which launched Monday, aims to expose the financial, ideological and recruitment architecture that supports Islamic extremists. ... [Link]

Detention facility for African migrants ordered shut

Marcy Oster Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to close the Holot detention center for African migrants. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Lower the age for Birthright

Gabrielle Birkner In the face of campus battles, lowering the program’s eligibility age would go a long way to preparing future college students to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate. ... [Link]

Hundreds in academic world sign anti-BDS petition

Julie Wiener More than 600 people from scores of universities have signed an online petition opposing academic boycotts of Israel. ... [Link]

Pro-Israel group to sue New York’s MTA over rejected ad

Julie Wiener A pro-Israel group said it will sue New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for rejecting its advertisement on the city’s public transportation. ... [Link]

Jewish clergy liaison to NYPD reportedly stabbed in Brooklyn

Julie Wiener An Orthodox Jewish clergy liaison to the New York Police Department reportedly was stabbed in Brooklyn. ... [Link]

Mohammed top name for Israeli babies, despite exclusion from list

Marcy Oster A list of the most popular names of Israeli babies born in the last year omitted the most popular name — Mohammed. ... [Link]

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