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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. 21, 2011 / 17 Adar I, 5771

Can (will) The Hague succeed where Libyan rebels have yet to?

By Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay





Libya's has been the most violent of the region's uprisings. Hundreds of protesters from all over the country are thought to have been killed by Gadhafi's security forces. The challenge will be to prove it


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cAIRO — (MCT) The International Criminal Court in The Hague opened a war crimes investigation into Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his sons Thursday as more human rights violations were reported in a conflict that now seems likely to last for weeks.

A prominent human rights group said it is tracking a worrisome pattern of arrests and disappearances of suspected opponents of the regime, and there were reports that Egyptian and Tunisian migrants in Libya were being attacked by Gadhafi loyalists angry that the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt had inspired anti-Gadhafi protests there.

With Gadhafi's forces unable to recover key rebellious cities and towns, and with the ragtag rebel force of civilians and military defectors too weak and disorganized to advance on Gadhafi's Tripoli stronghold, the two-week conflict appeared to be devolving into a violent impasse.

"There is a sense that there is a patchwork of control across Libya," said a U.S. official who was tracking the crisis from Washington and spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. "The real question is can the opposition break through to Tripoli, or can Gadhafi break out? The odds are that he is going to have a hard time reclaiming areas that he has lost."

Governments across the Middle East, meanwhile, braced for what were expected to be massive pro-reform protests after mosques empty on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.


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In an apparent bid to placate expected protesters in Cairo, Egypt's military rulers on Thursday announced the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq, a former general who was named to his post by ousted president Hosni Mubarak. His replacement, Essam Sharaf, is a college professor and a former transportation minister.

A brief statement on the military's website said Sharaf would soon form a caretaker Cabinet to steer Egypt back to civilian authority.

In The Hague, Netherlands, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced the opening of an investigation into allegations that Gadhafi and his inner circle had committed crimes by unleashing their forces against unarmed protesters in the early days of Libya's insurrection.

"No one has the authority to attack and massacre civilians. As soon as someone commits crimes, this is our business to investigate it and try and stop it," Louis Moreno-Ocampo said.

Libya's has been the most violent of the region's uprisings. Hundreds of protesters are thought to have been killed by Gadhafi's security forces.

The U.N. Security Council had asked the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes by the regime. It also banned arms sales and froze the assets of top officials.

Moreno-Ocampo said his targets are Gadhafi and "his inner circle, including some of his sons, who had this de facto authority. There are also some people with formal authority who should pay attention to crimes committed by their people."

While mentioning no one else by name, he said the other suspects included foreign mercenaries, the commander of the 32nd Brigade, Gadhafi's national security adviser and the heads of his security services. Gadhafi's son Khamis commands the 32nd Brigade. Another son, Mutassim, is Gadhafi'snational security adviser.

Once the investigation is complete, Moreno-Ocampo will present his findings to the court's judges, who could issue arrest warrants.

A regime spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, told the BBC that the court's investigation was "close to a joke" and based on news reports.

"We have armed gangs having tanks, aircraft and machine guns and attacking police stations, army camps, ports and airports and occupying Libyan cities," Ibrahim said of the rebels. "This is far away from a peaceful movement."

Heba Morayef, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, said the group is tracking a disturbing trend of arrests and disappearances of suspected regime opponents in the western rebel-controlled city of Misrata, and the capital and largest city, Tripoli.

The number disappearances is in the "50s and 60s" in Misrata, including three brothers from one family who were arrested and now are missing, she said.

"It's pretty worrying, because it's the targeting of everyone who's spoken to the media, who's passed along information," said Morayef, who had just returned to Cairo from research in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. "It's pretty standard practice for internal security."

In Tripoli, which Gadhafi's forces still control, the apparent crackdown shows that "the security state is still very strong, very alive," she added.

The disappearances don't appear to be restricted to Tripoli and Misrata.

A resident reached by telephone in Tajura, a town under Gadhafi's control about 20 miles southeast of Tripoli, said men have been taking people away and not bringing them back, including one of his relatives.

The resident, whose name McClatchy is withholding for his safety, said one of his relatives had been taken from his office on Wednesday and hasn't been seen since.

The resident said the town is pervaded by fear.

"Nobody can speak in front of anybody because you can't be sure if they're with the government or not," he said. "Usually in the night, we stay in the house because every night we hear the gunshots, and maybe they are using this for some people, or just so people can be scared to stay in their house.

Amnesty International and the U.N. refugee agency said Egyptian and Tunisian migrants have been targeted for attacks because the uprisings in their countries sparked the insurrection against Gadhafi.

"Government forces are blaming this whole thing on the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions," said Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, in Geneva.

Human Rights Watch has confirmed 237 people dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the insurrection began, and 417 nationwide.

But like journalists and aid groups, Human Rights Watch has had trouble pinning down exact numbers. It relies on information from medical sources, Morayef said, but the climate of fear and retaliation compels many families to stay away from hospitals.

"People aren't even taking their wounded to hospital because of reprisal attacks," she said.

In Benghazi, "ambulances were targeted by snipers, and this is what could happen in Tripoli."

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