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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

Lawyer: ‘Blood money’ bought CIA contractor's freedom

By Saeed Shah and Jonathan S. Landay





A Pakistani court ordered Raymond Davis' acquittal after the survivors agreed to forgive him. But who paid the tab?


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JSLAMABAD, Pakistan — (MCT) A murder case against an American CIA contractor that had threatened already troubled U.S.-Pakistani relations came to an abrupt end Wednesday after $1.4 million in "blood money" was paid to the families of the two men he was accused of killing, according to the contractor's lawyer.

A Pakistani court ordered Raymond Davis' acquittal after the families agreed to forgive him. Davis, who had been in custody since January, immediately left Pakistan. The families of the dead men were secretly relocated inside Pakistan as part of the agreement, Pakistani officials said.

Under the court-ordered release, Davis neither admitted his guilt nor conceded that he didn't enjoy diplomatic immunity, a major point of contention between the U.S. and Pakistan, according to his lawyer and a senior Pakistani official.

The U.S., however, agreed as part of the settlement to notify Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency of all CIA personnel in the country. The ISI apparently was unaware that Davis, officially an administrative officer at the U.S. consulate in Lahore, actually worked for the CIA when he killed the two men, whom he said were trying to rob him.

Davis, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier, was hired by the CIA to provide security for CIA officers involved in a top-secret operation in Lahore against Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani Islamic extremist organization that was behind the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai and has had close ties to the ISI in the past. Pakistan has said those ties were cut in 2002 when the organization was outlawed.


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It was unclear where the money for the payment to the families came from. U.S. officials insisted that Washington didn't pay, which suggested that the Pakistani government had, initially anyway, picked up the tab.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Cairo that "the United States did not pay any compensation." But an official with knowledge of the case said the U.S. would likely contribute at least something to the payment. "It stands to reason that the United States will man up and will contribute to the settlement," said the official, who requested anonymity to speak freely.

Clinton thanked the families for agreeing to pardon Davis. "We are very grateful for their decision," she said.

The case had led to a tense standoff between Islamabad and Washington, important allies in the fight against Islamic extremism. Washington insisted that Davis was entitled to diplomatic immunity and couldn't be charged. Pakistan said he wasn't a diplomat.

The dispute deepened after it was learned that Davis was working for the CIA. The issue inflamed anti-American public opinion in Pakistan, and there were small demonstrations Wednesday in several Pakistani cities over the outcome.

How the CIA will work with the new agreement was unclear. The CIA's operations in Pakistan are closely guarded, and it's hardly a secret that the CIA and ISI, which has ties to the Afghan Taliban, are deeply suspicious of one another.

The sharia, or Islamic law, concept of "blood money" leading to a court acquittal is incorporated in Pakistan's penal code, Davis' counsel, Zahid Hussain Bokhari, told McClatchy Newspapers. Washington is often highly critical of the application of sharia.

The deal came after complex talks that involved the CIA, ISI, the top military commands of the two countries, as well as the State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"ISI and CIA are working on ensuring that their relationship remains on track and there are no future undeclared CIA operations in Pakistan that result in jeopardizing bilateral relations," said a senior Pakistani official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The outcome seemed to be face-saving for all sides, with the Pakistani government able to say that the courts had let Davis off, while Washington didn't concede its stance on diplomatic immunity. The families have ended up wealthy by Pakistani standards.

Pakistan receives around $3.5 billion a year in civilian and military aid, an assistance program that some in Congress had demanded should be cut off until Davis was freed.

While Pakistan and the U.S. cooperate closely against al-Qaida, the relationship is delicate as Washington has consistently accused Islamabad of providing support for the insurgents in Afghanistan.

The U.S. also is increasingly concerned about the activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The ISI used the Davis issue to put pressure on Washington, insisting that Davis didn't have immunity and whipping up the Pakistani media, overriding President Asif Ali Zardari, who seemed prepared to accept that Davis was exempt from prosecution.

Washington hit back, even disinviting Pakistan from a summit in Washington last month that was supposed to be a tripartite meeting among the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"We want to be treated as equal partners, as allies, with trust and respect," said a Pakistani security official, who couldn't be named, as he wasn't authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

Bokhari said that the families of the dead men came to the court hearing, which was held behind closed doors inside a jail in Lahore, and certified that they had received the money and were agreeing to the "compromise" of their own free will.

Each family received 60 million Pakistani rupees, about $700,000, he said.

"There was an agreement between the accused and the complainant," Bokhari said. "Who was behind the curtain, I can't say."

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