Editorials

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.
July 3, 2013

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mandela without trying to identify another world CONTINUE »

July 3, 2013

In March, just before he was to end his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, handed the phone to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel and initiated the public phase of reconciliation between the two American allies. Now, that process seems to be faltering.  CONTINUE »

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June 27, 2013

The European Union, comprised of 27 member countries, further diminished its own credibility as an international influence, when it failed last week to approve a British proposal to designate Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist organization. The British proposal cited Hezbollah’s connection to a bus bombing in Bulgaria last summer that took six lives as CONTINUE »

Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rowhani wants to promote “mutual confidence” with the U.S. ( Farzaneh Khademian/ABACAPRESS. COM)
June 19, 2013

Iran’s new president-elect, Hassan Rowhani, says he seeks a “dialogue with the world.” And the 64-year-old cleric says his country should show “greater transparency” in its nuclear program and promote “mutual confidence” with its adversaries, including the United States. So far, so good. But what can we reasonably expect from Rowhani? Rowhani’s moderate language is CONTINUE »

June 19, 2013

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for CONTINUE »