Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

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News reports the day after President Bush unveiled his $2.77 trillion proposed federal budget last week centered on the fact that it called for more spending on security and less on domestic programs. The plan’s emphasis on preserving tax cuts and devoting more money to defense while limiting the growth in Medicare spending set off the usual partisan sparring between...
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The other day while driving to my office, I passed by The Philadelphia Inquirer and viewed a familiar sight: demonstrators protesting the publication of what they saw as an offensive cartoon in the newspaper. Many groups in this city have taken their turn waving signs in front of the Knight-Ridder bastion on North Broad Street. In the not-so-distant-past, some of...
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Jihad controversy at Brandeis puts Israel's Hamas dilemma in perspective
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Dr. Khalil Shikaki It was bound to happen. As soon as Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections last week, “moderates” were discovered in their midst. With the last shred of hope for a viable peace process with the Palestinians tossed into the trash can by a landslide election victory for Hamas, some true believers in the inevitability of peace are...
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Immigrant-bashing House bill shows xenophobia is always in fashion
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In the last few months, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been the scene of some high drama and low comedy as hearings on the confirmation of appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court were televised. Yet when another important issue comes before the same group this session, it's unlikely that the scrutiny of their long-winded perorations will be as great. That...
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C'est La Vie: Leaders Come, Leaders Go, Though Some Prove Unforgettable Columnist Tim Hames writes in The Times of London ( www.timesonline.co.uk ) on Jan. 9 about the absence of an Arab Sharon: "The graveyards, Charles de Gaulle once remarked, are full of indispensable men. Ariel Sharon would doubtless agree. "De Gaulle and Mr. Sharon have more than a sense...
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