Thursday, December 8, 2016 Kislev 8, 5777
By:
Allyson Schwartz
The facts are clear on why health reform is such a focal point of Congress' agenda. Almost 50 million Americans are without coverage. Millions more worry about the stability of their coverage -- that in the case of an accident or illness, their insurance may not cover critical needs. Since 2000, Pennsylvania families have seen a 100 percent increase in...
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By:
Gregg J. Rickman
During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property from the Holocaust era. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate and payments for slave labor made front-page headlines, were the talk of congressional hearings and became the subject of international diplomacy. By the decade's end, billions of dollars had been returned to survivors...
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By:
Dina Siegel Vann
The upheaval in Iran following the disputed presidential elections has thrust one veteran of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, back into the spotlight. As chairman of the powerful Guardians Council, Rafsanjani could still emerge as a counterweight to the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Rafsanjani is not the moderate many believe him to be. As we...
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By:
Esther Toporek Finder
The Holocaust Era Assets Conference concluded in Prague last month with a moving program at Terezin and a nonbinding declaration emphasizing that survivors' needs in these, their last years, should be treated with more urgency than real estate, art or other restitution issues. Elie Wiesel set the tone brilliantly by asking if the killers should become the victims' heirs --...
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By:
Marcia Bronstein
Fifteen years after a car bomb struck the the hub of Jewish life in Argentina, more questions than answers remain. On July 18, 1994, a busy Monday morning, a white van approached the Argentine Israelite Mutual Aid Association Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and detonated its heavy cargo. The explosion completely destroyed the building. When it was over, 85...
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