November 13, 2012 | 3:04 am
The Forward presents its annual list of the 50 most influential Jews in the United States.
This year, the Forward worked especially hard to look beyond the usual subjects to include new names and faces on this list. We did so not to ignore those we have honored in the past, but to signal as boldly as we can that the pulse of Jewish life is quickening in unusual places. That’s in part because we live in a time when the tools of power and influence are not necessarily concentrated in legacy organizations but grasped by such visionary individuals as a charismatic rabbi in Los Angeles, a creative Hillel director in Philadelphia, a passionate educator in Detroit, an innovative foundation leader in Baltimore and a mother in New York who galvanized a cybercommunity by sharing the story of her dying daughter.
The Turkish prime minister's intervention in Syria has backfired domestically, writes Halil Karaveli in the National Interest.
Aided by his protector Iran, Assad has also managed to turn the tables on Ankara by lending support to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. What was supposed to demonstrate Turkey’s, and thereby Erdogan’s power—the belief that Turkey, in the recent words of Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, is the “master” of the Middle East which it supposedly “owns” and is going to “redesign”—has inadvertently exposed Turkish vulnerabilities and the limitations of its power. What had seemed to be a golden opportunity to project Turkish might has turned into a security nightmare for Turkey.
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