Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

A new day is dawning in Egypt -- and perhaps the whole Middle East. But where the sun will ultimately rise is still a huge and worrisome question mark. It was hard not to be transfixed by the euphoria in the streets of Cairo following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak -- and by the prospect that democracy might take root...
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The front page of the Feb. 14, 1986 Jewish Exponent said it all: A full-page photo of Natan Sharansky with a red block stamped across the bottom proclaiming that the world's most famous prisoner of conscience was "Released From Soviet Prison." Just three days earlier, the man then known as Anatoly Shcharansky had walked across the bridge linking East and...
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How About Vouchers to Cure Every Social Ill? I read in the arguments in the Jewish Exponent -- pro and con -- about school vouchers, and I am now convinced that we need them (Editorial & Opinions: "Will Vouchers Empower Parents and Students? Or Will They Limit Their Freedom of Choice?" Feb. 3). But why stop there? How about a...
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By:
Avi Weiss
Feb. 11 marks 25 years since Natan Sharansky crossed the Glienicke Bridge from East to West Germany and became a free man. Countless stories have been told about his defiance of the Soviets and courageous actions during more than nine years of imprisonment. Sharansky is one of many heroic prisoners of Zion. But it is through his wife, Avital, that...
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By:
Daniel Pipes
With anti-regime demonstrations raging in Egypt, and the possibility of a new government led by or involving the Muslim Brotherhood, many are asking whether Islam is compatible with democracy? The answer is yes, it potentially is, but it will take much hard work to make this happen. Present realities are far from encouraging, for tyranny disproportionately afflicts Muslim-majority countries. Swarthmore...
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