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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Egyptian court orders new trial for Mubarak

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif


Mubarak peering through the wire mesh of his defendant's cage at his trial last year




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mAIRO— (MCT) Former President Hosni Mubarak was granted a new murder trial by an Egyptian appeals court Sunday, a ruling that threatens more political turmoil as the country braces for parliamentary elections during widening economic hardship.

The decision overturned life sentences for Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib Adli, for complicity in the deaths of more than 850 protesters during the 2011 uprising. Both men face other criminal investigations and are expected to remain in prison until the new trial.

Egypt has been steeped in crisis between Islamists and largely secular forces since Mubarak's overthrow nearly two years ago. The court's decision means revisiting a violent chapter in the rebellion and raising the prospect that Mubarak, whose police state ruled for 30 years, may be absolved or, just as possibly, sentenced to death in a case that magnified the country's differences and captivated the Arab world.

Despite his downfall, Mubarak, 84, still lurks in the national psyche, peering through the wire mesh of his defendant's cage at his trial last year or angering his fellow Egyptians as court cases tell of billions of dollars' worth of corruption. He serves as a reminder that the legacy of an autocrat is not easily scoured away and that a revolution is a painstaking and volatile work in progress.


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Mubarak's fate will be a test for the Islamist-led government of President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi had been pushing for a retrial to win harsher sentences against Mubarak's inner circle. The Brotherhood hopes the case will rouse passions against the old guard and help Islamist candidates overcome public anger at the deteriorating economy in parliamentary elections expected this spring.

The retrial would also sharpen the focus on the nation's beleaguered court system, which was weakened by a Morsi power grab in November and has been criticized by Mubarak's supporters and opponents over questions of fairness. Reopening the legal drama fans the suspicions of many Egyptians that a "deep state" of Mubarak loyalists still controls the judiciary and security agencies.

The court did not explain its ruling and did not set a date for the new trial

"The previous ruling was unfair and illegal," said Yousry Abdelrazeq, one of Mubarak's lawyers, who accused the judge in the trial of political bias. "The case was just a mess and there was no evidence against Mubarak."

Mubarak and Adli were convicted of not preventing the deaths of hundreds of protesters attacked by police and snipers during the uprising, which began on Jan. 25, 2011, and ended 18 days later when the military seized power. Six senior security officials were acquitted in the same trial. They will also be retried.

Mubarak argued that he had not ordered the crackdown and was unaware of the extent of the violence. A recent government-backed investigation, however, found that Mubarak had monitored the deadly response by security forces in Tahrir Square via a television feed. The investigation, which is expected to be considered at the new trial, also implicated the powerful military, a development that could complicate Morsi's delicate relationship with the generals.

"This appeal can be a good thing. We hope this time they get the harshest of sentences, which would be the death penalty," said Ali Gindi, whose son, Islam, was killed in Suez during the revolt. "There is new evidence against Mubarak and Adli now. I have hope but I am very worried because not all members of our judiciary are honest. Some were part of Mubarak's regime."

Legal experts criticized the first trial for fistfights that occurred in the courtroom, recanted testimony by prosecution witnesses and the presiding judge's comments that the court had no definitive evidence linking Mubarak to the bloodshed. The prosecution argued that Mubarak had consolidated his power over decades and that any action by security forces would have had to have been sanctioned by him.

"The trial was a disappointment from the beginning of the investigation until the verdict," said Hoda Nasrallah, a lawyer working with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. "What we saw after was just a superficial investigation marred by neglect."

Mubarak's detractors are pressing for a murder conviction that would firm that he directly orchestrated the police response to the protesters. His backers argue that he is the victim of a conspiracy to disgrace the former government and benefit Morsi and the Brotherhood.

"There is nothing in the law which states that incitement against protesters is a crime," said Abdelrazeq. "Even if he knew that protesters had fallen, he couldn't have done anything to prevent it. Did we expect him to stand in Tahrir Square with a club fending off the attackers?"

The court ruling came a day after prosecutors announced an investigation into allegations that Mubarak received about $1 million in illicit gifts from Al Ahram, the country's leading state-owned newspaper. The former president has reportedly been in a military hospital since December after he was injured in a fall in a prison bathroom.

"It was G0D's will that [the retrial] will recur under Morsi's rule with the availability of new evidence and other defendants," said Essam Erian, vice chairman of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. The group's website quoted legal experts as saying the new trial "opens the door for a death sentence."


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