Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
By:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
On Sunday, Oct. 3, Central Park will become the staging area to kick off a new movement in educational reform. Dubbed the "Ultimate Block Party," our aim is to draw attention to what concerned scientists are calling the educational equivalent of "global warming." The young children in our preschools and primary schools today are the workforce of 2040, and all...
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By:
Barry Morrison
With the passing of summer, the election campaign season is in full gear, and with it partisan and cynical attacks, and too often, mean-spirited rhetoric. This rhetoric can divide our nation, harm the democratic process and even lead to violence. This phenomenon is not new. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, an Anti-Defamation League report, "Rage Grows in America," warned...
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By:
Ed Lion
Shortly after Yom Kippur 70 years ago, my father, grandparents and some 6,000 other Jews were deported from the border region of southwest Germany to internment camps in southern France. For the next 18 months, my father, Kurt Lion, endured deprivation as he nursed his ailing parents first in the Gurs, and later in the Rivesaltes camps. His father, Philip,...
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Was It Prejudice or Truth in Review of 'Lebanon'? In his piece titled "On the Lebanon Front: Firing Up Controversial Memories" (Sept. 9), Michael Elkin went far past a mere historical error or simple personal opinion/prejudice, when he declared that the Israeli military knew full well what horrors their Arab Lebanese Maronite allies were committing in the Sabra-Shatilla refugee camps...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
The recent controversy over the proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque in Lower Manhattan has raised unsettling questions about religious freedom, sensitivity to the victims of Sept. 11, Islamaphobia, political demagoguery and the limits of accommodation by the majority society to minorities. Some commentators have acknowledged the legal right of the mosque's sponsors to build their center, but...
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