When Jewish Women Took to the Streets for Affordable Kosher Meat

In 1902, butcher shops on New York’s Lower East Side raised the price of a popular cut of beef from 12 cents per pound to 18, due to a price hike by the cartel of businesses that at the time controlled most of the U.S. meat market. In response, a group of Jewish housewives organized boycotts and demonstrations, which are the subject of Scott Seligman’s book The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902. The author discusses the events that followed in an interview by Andrew Silow-Carrol:

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More about: American Jewish History, Kashrut, Lower East Side, Women

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy