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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

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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. 24, 2011 / 20 Adar I, 5771

Families of Lockerbie dead out to make sure Gadhafi is held accountable

By Greg Gordon





With his once loyal ministers defecting, Gadhafi's problems are just beginning

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A boast from Libya's defected justice minister that he can prove that Moammar Gadhafi ordered the 1988 bombing of a U.S. jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, stirred hope among families of the 270 dead that the rogue dictator might be held accountable someday.

"This is not surprising," said Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein, who lost her husband, Michael, when Pan Am Flight 103 blew apart. "We always suspected that it was Gadhafi. Nobody does anything there … without his approval."

Pointing to the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco and 1980s attacks on the Rome and Vienna airports, all attributed to Libya, Bernstein said that Gadhafi's massacres of his countrymen in recent days should leave U.S. and foreign governments red-faced about restoring normal diplomatic ties with Libya in recent years.

"The idea that … this guy was anything but a murderer and a thug is just beyond me," she said. "Of course, this is the kind of person who wouldn't think twice about killing his own people."

The Libyan justice minister, Judge Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, surfaced outside Tripoli in recent days and said he'd turned against Gadhafi. While declaring to reporters that he can prove Gadhafi's complicity in the bombing, he offered no proof.

"I'd love to see the proof," said Frank Duggan, the president of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc., which represents 800 survivors of those killed. "And I'd love to see it before someone kills the guy (Abdel-Jalil). His life is probably in danger."

Unraveling the bombing plot would culminate a wrenching odyssey for family members.


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A presidential commission that investigated the bombing during the administration of President George H.W. Bush disbanded with suspicions that Iran or Syria had carried it out. Scottish investigators, however, found a tiny timer, traceable to a Swiss company that had sold the device solely to Libya.

In 2002, Libya agreed to a $2.7 billion deal that ultimately gave each victim's estate $10 million in phased payments timed to the lifting of U.N. and U.S. sanctions and the removal of Libya from the State Department's list of sponsors of terrorism. A year later, Gadhafi's government formally took responsibility for the bombing in a letter to the United Nations and deposited the money in a Swiss bank account. Last year, however, Gadhafi told an Australian television company that the payments merely resolved a diplomatic row and weren't an admission of guilt.

Two Libyans ultimately were prosecuted on charges of carrying out the bombing.

Kathy Tedeschi, 61, of Columbia, S.C., whose husband, Bill Daniels, died in the bombing, flew to the Netherlands four times to observe their trial. One was acquitted. The court sentenced the other, Abdel Baset al Megrahi, an intelligence officer, to life in prison in 2001.

But in 2009, with Britain's acquiescence, Megrahi was freed and returned home on the grounds that he was near death from cancer.

Before his release, nearly two dozen family members of the Pan Am victims pleaded in vain for a reversal of the decision in a teleconference with the British Embassy and the Scottish justice minister, who had concluded that Megrahi had three months to live.

Libyans celebrated in the streets when Megrahi returned home, apparently in better health than depicted. He's still alive.

Tedeschi "sat and cried in front of the television the whole day," Duggan recalled.

The London-based website WikiLeaks recently released secret diplomatic cables showing that Britain's Foreign Office secretly coached Libya on how to win Megrahi's compassionate release.

Bernstein, whose husband was an assistant deputy director of the Justice Department's Nazi-hunting unit, charged that it's all about oil.

"The Brits have been awful … because they were so anxious to get BP back in there," she said of the giant British petroleum company that's on the verge of resuming oil-drilling operations in Libya.

"I would like the governments of the world that have been dealing with the Libyans to say, was this worth it? Was it worth it to have rapprochement with this guy? I don't think so. What was at the bottom of it? Was it a desire to promote a better way of life for the Libyan people? No. It had to do with oil."

Duggan noted that the United Nations put Libya on its peace council in the last year, even though figures in Gadhafi's government have all but conceded guilt in the Pan Am case on multiple occasions.

He said that Gadhafi's rambling tirade against protesters Monday was "almost laughable, except that he's got so much blood on his hands. It's not like he's the crazy uncle in the attic. He's a monster."

Tedeschi, who's now remarried, said she'd be thrilled if Abdel-Jalil really had the goods on Gadhafi.

Then she added bitterly: "I just wondered if this meant that the United Kingdom and the Scottish government were going to try and convict Gadhafi and let him free on compassionate grounds, too."

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