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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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

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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 Feb. 17, 2011 / 13 Adar I, 5771

Gaddafi next? Anti-government protests spread to Libya

By Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel and Shashank Bengali






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cAIRO — (MCT) The anti-government protest wave unleashed in Tunisia and Egypt in the past few weeks swept into Libya, where demonstrators battled security forces in a rare public outpouring of anger at longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to the organization Human Rights Watch.

The protests against the eccentric Gadhafi, the Arab world's longest-ruling autocrat, erupted late Tuesday in Bengazi, Libya's second-largest city, after the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer, and raged past dawn Wednesday, Human Rights Watch said.

The group said that Libyan security forces used tear gas and batons to break up protesters who were planning a large Thursday demonstration. One person was killed, and security forces arrested at least 14, the group said.

The Libyan protesters called for a "day of anger" Thursday.

"With people from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain and Iran asserting their right to protest, the Libyan government is responding in exactly the wrong way," said Joe Stork, the deputy Middle East director for Human Rights Watch. "Colonel Moammar Gadhafi should learn from his former neighbors that stability has to include respect for peaceful protest."

The tumult in Bengazi came as anti-government protests grew in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain and in Yemen, where one person was killed in a clash with police in the southern port of Aden.

In Egypt, meanwhile, scattered labor unrest flared five days after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. Activists called for major protests Friday to maintain pressure on the ruling military council to enact promised reforms.

There was no sign that the turmoil inspired by the uprisings against Mubarak and former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was abating in a region ruled for decades by depots and monarchs, many of them supported by the U.S. and other Western powers.

The Obama administration, caught unawares by the breadth and speed of the turbulence, reaffirmed a policy shift in sympathy with the mostly youthful protesters who have used Facebook, Twitter and other social media to organize the largely leaderless protests.

The U.S. "supports democratic change," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a State Department meeting with civil society activists from across the globe. "It is in line with our values and our interests. We support citizens working to make their governments more open, transparent and accountable. We uphold the universal rights of every person to live freely, to have your voice heard and your vote count."


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But an Egyptian activist in attendance, Sherif Mansour, reminded Clinton of Washington's support for corrupt, autocratic governments in the region.

"Let's be honest," Mansour said. "The record of the U.S. foreign policy on Egypt and on Tunisia is not very good. I think what we've seen over the last 30 years is ... complete support for the governments of those countries without enough leverage for civil society."

The unrest doesn't appear to immediately threaten Gadhafi's rule, and the regime mobilized large pro-government crowds to counter the demonstrations.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley urged Libya to respond to the protesters' demands, including the release of prisoners. "We encourage these countries to take specific actions that address the aspirations and the needs and hopes of their people. Libya certainly would be in that same category," Crowley said.

Asked if Gadhafi is a dictator, Crowley demurred. "I don't think he came to office through a democratic process."

Gadhafi was among a group of junior army officers who staged a bloodless 1969 coup against the monarchy.

In Bahrain, as many as 10,000 people filled Pearl Square in the capital, Manama, in a growing standoff with the dynasty of King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, a witness said. After two deaths earlier in the week, and a rare televised appearance by the king expressing regret, no violence was reported.

But there was a large police presence on one side of the square, a major traffic intersection, said the witness, who asked not to be named for safety reasons.

The protesters, who are demanding democratic reforms, were attempting to recreate the role and the carnival-like atmosphere of the 18-day occupation of Cairo's Tahrir Square that became the hub of the revolt against Mubarak.

They camped in tents, made speeches, played music and even set up a media center.

State-run television has downplayed the protests, portraying them inaccurately as the work of the Sunni Muslim-ruled country's disaffected Shiite majority, the witness said. Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

In Yemen, the impoverished nation of 23.5 million at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, a sixth day of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh spread to Aden.

Some 500 protesters attacked a police station in Aden, prompting officers to fire live ammunition, witnesses said. A hospital official, who asked not to be further identified for safety reasons, said that one protester died and a second suffered serious injury.

The violence could fuel a separatist movement seeking a return of the independence that southern Yemen enjoyed until 1990.

In the capital, Sanaa, several hundred protesters clashed with government loyalists and police as they tried to march from Sanaa University to Saleh's residence.

Several hundred mostly young demonstrators also marched in the highlands city of Taiz, where some 20 held a sit-in in the main square.

"We started to demand reforms, but now we are demanding the toppling of the regime," Ghazi Assami, a lawyer and opposition activist, said by telephone.

Saleh, who has presided over an authoritarian regime for 32 years, blamed the protests in Yemen and Bahrain on a foreign plot.

"There are schemes aimed at plunging the region into chaos and violence," Saleh was quoted by the state-run Saba news agency as saying in a telephone conversation with Bahrain's King Khalifa.

The protests don't threaten Saleh's grip on power. They are largely leaderless and involve mostly students, human rights activists and other members of the impoverished, deeply conservative nation's tiny educated class.

There are concerns, however, that the demonstrations could become a vehicle by which ordinary citizens could vent their ire with Yemen's myriad problems, from corruption to grinding poverty. The country is awash in guns.

Saleh also confronts an insurgency by a Shiite Muslim sect in the north, the southern secessionist movement and a growing presence of an al-Qaida affiliate that he's battling with U.S. assistance.

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