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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 March 7, 2011 / 1 Adar II, 5771

At funeral of Pakistan's only Christian cabinet member, PM refuses to mention why he was assassinated

By Issam Ahmed


During a May 16, 2007, press conference in Islamabad, Shahbaz Bhatti displayed a threatening letter that a Christian resident of Charsadda town received. On March 2, gunmen killed Mr. Bhatti, Pakistan's government minister for religious minorities, highlighting a growing intolerance for reforming harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam




Critics say a timid government has emboldened terrorists and allowed extremists to shape the country's future. A move at the United Nations almost guarantees that


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cslamabad, Pakistan — (TCSM) About 1,000 mourners, including the top diplomats and the US ambassador, today attended a Roman Catholic funeral for Shahbaz Bhatti. The former head of the Ministry of Minorities was Pakistan's sole Christian minister and the second Pakistani official slain in as many months for opposing the country's blasphemy laws.

Speaking at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said his government would do its "utmost" to catch the killers. Tellingly, however, he stopped short of mentioning — much less supporting — the cause for which Mr. Bhatti lost his life Wednesday.

Critics believe the government's strategy of distancing itself from liberal politicians who have campaigned for amendments in the blasphemy laws, which includes the death penalty for disrespect of Islam, has emboldened militants and will allow extremists to shape the country's future. On Thursday, Pakistan's representative to the UN called on other countries not to link the killing with blasphemy laws.

"The most depressing thing has been that the government has no capacity or interest in doing anything in changing mindsets," says Cyril Almeida, a columnist of Catholic background who attended today's Mass. "When it comes to using the levers of the state to roll back the tide of extremism, there is little that is tangible."

Pakistan's fragile coalition government has failed to prioritize or convey the dangers of extremism because of associated political risks, says Mr. Almeida, while voters are more concerned by bread-and-butter issues such as spiraling inflation and a chronic energy crisis. "After this death the militants must feel they have a winning strategy," he adds.

SNIPERS GUARD FUNERAL
Roads were blocked and rooftop snipers assigned to surrounding buildings as several hundred mourners grieved outside the packed church. Riot police and Western-embassy security staff in business suits, known locally as "Raymond Davises" (after a high-profile CIA agent in Pakistani custody) watched on, contributing to a tense atmosphere.

Addressing the mourners indoors, Prime Minister Gilani said of Bhatti: "People like him, they are very rare. All the minorities have lost a great leader. I assure you, we will try our utmost to bring the culprits to justice."

His words, however, had little impact on the grieving Christians, many of whom felt the government was derelict in its duty to protect Bhatti.


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"What hope have we left? Who can take [Bhatti's] place?" wailed Saira Masih, who had come with family members to mourn. Others pointed out the irony in the prime minister and other officials arrived in armor-plated cars — a security measure denied to the slain minister despite repeated requests.

Later, Bhatti's coffin was draped in Pakistan's national flag and was flown by helicopter to his hometown of Khushpur for burial.

Bhatti is the third high profile politician from the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to be killed in recent years, following the assassinations of liberal governor Salman Taseer in January, who had also campaigned to amend the blasphemy law, and iconic leader Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Mr. Almeida, the columnist, points out that after Taseer's death the government publicly distanced itself from the blasphemy-law debate, leaving other politicians who had campaigned for amendments such as Bhatti and Sherry Rehman, a female MP, to fend for themselves.

When the PPP, considered Pakistan's most progressive party, fails to act, "that compounds the sense of gloom," he says, "because where are the alternatives?"

LIBERALISM ASSOCIATED WITH AMERICAN IMPERIALISM
That sense of gloom contrasts with the optimism prevalent after democratic elections were held in Pakistan in 2008, following eight years of rule by General Pervez Musharraf.

While it was hoped at the time that democracy could act as a 'release valve' that could alleviate extremism, a number of factors both internal and external have led to Pakistan's democratic setup becoming "compromised," according to Mosharraf Zaidi, a political analyst.

Pakistani cooperation with the US-led war in Afghanistan is deeply unpopular at home, allowing religious parties to stoke anti-Americanism and extremist ideologies. Subsequently, he argues, fighting against the root causes of extremism is interpreted as following a US-led agenda.

Still, he adds, "it's absolutely essential Pakistan do these things."

Sherry Rehman, a liberal lawmaker from the PPP who has tabled amendments to the blasphemy law, agrees.

"Pakistanis are very fiercely protective of their sovereignty. So any kind of encroachments, suggestions, even coupling of agendas is seen as sinister," she says, adding, "Universal goals are conflated with US goals simply because it casts such a long shadow on the world. Particularly in Pakistan, and the [Predator] drone program doesn't help that."

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