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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

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 Feb. 2, 2011 / 28 Shevat , 5771

Will the dominoes continue to fall? Jordan's king sacks Cabinet; protests possible in Syria

By Borzou Daragahi and Stephen Starr






JewishWorldReview.com |

mEIRUT — (MCT) The dramatic political unrest in Egypt, long a pivotal nation in the Arab world, has intensified demands for change across the region and spurred attempts at reform by nations long ruled by autocrats.

On Tuesday, Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his Cabinet and ordered his new prime minister to pursue political reforms to "correct the mistakes of the past" after massive anti-government protests regionwide and smaller demonstrations at home.

The toppling of an Arab dictator in Tunisia and the continuing popular revolt against Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has inspired talk in Syria of staging anti-government protests against the reign of President Bashar Assad on Saturday.

The government of Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir in the Arab nation of Sudan has announced a "dialogue" with political parties following protests throughout in the capital in recent days.

And political activists in Yemen, where huge protests broke out last week, have declared Thursday a "day of rage" against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to local media.

The political upheaval unleashed by the Jan. 14 ouster of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the ongoing struggle against Mubarak in Egypt is burning its way like a contagion though the Arab world, spread by electronic media and breathless reports on pan-Arab media that are accompanied by images of massive, emotional crowds.

"What's happening in Egypt is going to reshape the region," said Mohammad Masri of the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan in Amman.

The new political dynamic is playing out in various countries in different ways.

The fledgling Jordanian government of Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit has been told to take "practical, swift, and tangible steps to launch a real political reform process, in line with the king's vision of comprehensive reform, modernization and development," according to a statement carried by the state-owned Petra news agency.

The announcement came after Jordanians took to the streets in recent weeks demanding that the government respond to popular concerns over unemployment and corruption, although their demands are markedly more modest than those of their Tunisian and Egyptian counterparts, who called for complete regime change.

The Jordanian grievances have been aimed for the most part at Samir Rifai, who was replaced as prime minister by al-Bakhit on Tuesday.

But a Jordanian analyst said the Cabinet change was unlikely to satisfy frustrated citizens who have been demanding political change, economic improvements and fresh faces. Al-Bakhit, a former military official, served as prime minister from 2005 to 2007.

"A measure like today's measure will increase anger, not diffuse it, because people will believe they are not being taken seriously," said Labib Kamhawi, an economist and political analyst. "This is a cosmetic measure. The government itself does not initiate policies, it only implements them. So the Cabinet change does not mean anything."

In Syria, a tightly controlled nation described by human rights groups as a police state, several online campaigns have been launched on Twitter and Facebook calling for protests. One group has called for a "day of rage" on Saturday, similar to the Jan. 25 demonstrations in Egypt that sparked the current uprising there. Another Web page with more than 6,000 members calls for protests in Damascus on Friday and Saturday.

"We want to end oppression and torture and insult (to) people," said a 38-year-old Damascus resident who asked that he be referred to only as Abu Tamaam. He said he would attend protests later this week.

"We want to achieve our freedom," he said. "Syria deserves this."

Syrian authorities and government supporters aren't taking chances. Extra police already have been deployed on the streets of Aleppo in Syria's north, according to news reports and a resident of the city.

Supporters of the president also have taken to Facebook, setting up a page called "Salute President Bashar Assad." Some have vowed to attend a separate gathering Saturday in support of the president.

The Syrian president retains support for some of his stances, including his opposition to American foreign policy and his support for groups that oppose Israel, which occupies the Golan Heights that it seized from Syria during the 1967 Middle East War. Many Syrians view democracy through the prism of neighboring Iraq, which continues to be mired in conflict. More than 2 million Iraqi refugees flooded into Syria and drove up prices for accommodation and food.

"Syria is not Egypt or Tunisia," said Moaaz, a business student in Damascus who said he would attend the pro-Assad rally. He spoke on condition that his last name not be used. "We have work, and Syria is standing up for itself."

A 45-year-old teacher from a village southwest of Damascus said he fears a change in Syria's political system would adversely affect the country's largest minority, the Christians.

"The president is important for Christians. If something ever happened to cause him to go, the Muslims would get in and we (Christians) would be in big trouble," he said. "The president has done a lot for us."

Yemen's Saleh, who has been president since 1978, has buckled somewhat to the demands of protesters and vowed to hold talks about constitutional amendments demanded by the opposition. He called for an emergency meeting of his Cabinet on Tuesday as massive protests unfolded in Egypt.

Egyptians were angered in part by Mubarak's attempt to place his son as his successor as part of what many criticized as an archaic form of "rule by dynasty." The fathers of Syria's Assad and Jordan's Abdullah ruled their countries as well. But anger in the streets does not yet seem to have reached a boiling point in either country.

Even the Islamic Action Front, or IAF, Jordan's main opposition group and a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has renounced the kind of regime change being called for in Egypt and agreed to a dialogue with the new government.

"There is no comparison between Egypt and Jordan," IAF Secretary-General Hamzah Mansour told Agence France-Presse on Monday. "The people there demand a regime change, but here we ask for political reforms and an elected government."

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