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The socialist model of the kibbutz

by Jon Fidler, journalist, member of Kibbutz Beit Ha'emek

It is almost a century since a small group of young Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, inspired by Zionist and socialist ideals, set up the first kvutza ("group" in Hebrew, renamed kibbutz, "community" when membership grew) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

They viewed the kvutza as a closely-knit, egalitarian community, based on common ownership of the means of production and consumption, where all, conferring together, made decisions by majority vote and bore responsibility for all.


IRS Audits Increase for Low-Income Taxpayers

Examination Rate for Affluent Filers Falls Again

By Albert B. Crenshaw
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 15, 2002; Page A02

IRS tax-return audit rates increased slightly last year, almost entirely among low-income taxpayers who filed simple returns, according to a study released today.


Can The Whole World Be Wrong?

by Sara Levinsky Rigler

The whole world condemns Israel. What else is new?

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, speaking from Madrid on April 8, 2002, reiterated his demand that Israel immediately terminate its campaign against terrorism. Citing the opposition to Israel from China through Europe to the United States, Mr. Annan declared: "Can the whole world be wrong?"


Digestive Ills Linked to Poor Diabetes Control

Fri Apr 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn and stomach pain are common in people with diabetes, and Australian researchers report that these problems may be linked to poor blood sugar control.

The investigators found that diabetic patients who had digestive problems were also more likely to have a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy, and suggest that damage to nerves controlling the gastrointestinal system in diabetics might be responsible for their stomach ills.


Lou Gehrig's Patients Tend to Be Former Athletes

Fri Apr 19, 2002

DENVER (Reuters Health) - Patients with diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--also known as Lou Gehrig's disease--are more likely to have been slim and athletic than those with other types of neurological ailments, according to researchers at Columbia University in New York.

The researchers decided to conduct the study because celebrities with the disease have often been athletes, including baseball great Lou Gehrig, heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles and baseball pitcher Catfish Hunter.


A Drink a Day May Cut Stroke Risk for Some: Study

Fri Apr 19,2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women in their 60s who consume one to two drinks a day appear to have a lower risk of stroke compared with their peers who consume less alcohol, study findings suggest.

Curiously, the same stroke-reducing benefits were not seen in other age groups, according to the report published in the April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.