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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 Feb 13, 2014 / 13 Adar I, 5774

Journalism's extremes meet in Russia

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Not just by what they have reported, but in some cases by what they have not reported, journalists have helped tell the story of Russia in modern times. And something else has helped them tell it: what has happened to them afterward, either good, as in winning an undeserved Pulitzer Prize, or bad, as in being murdered.

While nothing like either of those reactions has been visited on reporters covering the Sochi Olympics, it is their tweeting of jokes and photos about lousy hotel conditions that brings these thoughts to mind. The worst consequence of their messages has been jokes in return, such as a PBS commentator saying it takes open hotel bars to keep the press happy.

But the disarray the reporters encountered points to something of deeper concern than mere gripes about no lights or undrinkable and possibly dangerous water.

To give Russia a chance to shine and shout on TVs throughout the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent an incredible, unaffordable $51 billion on such projects as new Sochi roads, new bridges, new hotels and extraordinary Opening Ceremonies. The method behind much of this madness was corruption, cheating that hurts the country even as it enriches or enhances the power of the cheaters on both sides of the bargain. Skip a contractual obligation here or one there and you get a wink in return, along with more profit. An unfinished hotel room is not a huge worry.

In his heart of hearts, Putin may have wished the complainers had to endure something harsher than kidding for the pin pricks in his mighty public relations venture. But there was little he could unnoticeably do and he surely knew this too would pass as attention came to focus on the excitement of exceptional athletes doing exceptional things.

Foreign reporters in Russia have not always been so uncooperative in telling the story the powerful wanted told. In the early days after the Russian revolution and the later formation of the Soviet Union, leftist reporters would visit and see what they had hoped to see even though it was not there. Some fellow leftists were more intellectually honest, sometimes helping to awaken at least a few to the mounting evil, though other leftists saw the truth and lied about it, decreasing foreign concern.



That brings us to Walter Duranty, a New York Times reporter who helped enable the evil through misrepresenting the truth about such issues as massive starvation and telling outright lies about Joseph Stalin being an OK kind of guy.

In 1932, Duranty won the Pulitzer, a scary example of how lies told often and convincingly enough can obscure truth even from people with the job of judging it.

The opposite of Duranty was Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist who made so bold a move as to heap criticism on Putin and then, in 2006, was shot four times, once in the head. Herís is hardly the only killing of journalistic critics of official Russia. There have been dozens and maybe far more, along with a decided laxity in prosecution, according to some organizations that have examined the issue.

None of this means Putin himself was responsible, but this is his Russia, the land he manages very nearly autocratically, a place in which changes really do occur, but mostly to the extent he wants them.

What he has very much wanted is a resurgence of Russian power and prestige, and if this means restricted rights inside Russia, bullying of neighboring countries and irresponsible behavior internationally, so be it. As all kinds of impositions and threatening criminal cases demonstrate, he does not want press freedom, and itís highly doubtful he wants justice done in the murders of journalists.

Enjoy the Olympics if you wish, but that distinguished looking guy in the overcoat you may have noticed during the Opening Ceremonies? Do not buy his pretenses.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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