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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

In Egypt, Kerry gets an earful from the opposition

By Kristen Chick


Opposition protesters burn a drawing of US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Egypt.




In Cairo Secretary of State John Kerry was told Egypt's secular-leaning opposition sees the US as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood


JewishWorldReview.com |

SAIRO— (TCSM) John Kerry arrived in Egypt on his first visit since becoming secretary of state amid criticism that the US has reverted to an old pattern of behavior in Egypt: overlooking abuses of the president.

Some opposition leaders refused to meet Secretary Kerry, protesting what they see as unreserved US support for Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, despite troubling and undemocratic behavior.

"There is a genuine feeling by many that either there's something that the US is too chicken to say, or that there is indeed a deal made between the Brotherhood and the US over the future of the region and thus the US is being accommodating accordingly," says Bassem Sabry, a writer and critic of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a meeting with business leaders last night, Kerry sought to dispel that idea. "We come here — I come here — on behalf of President Obama, committed not to any party, not to any one person, not to any specific political point of view, but filled with the commitment that Americans have to democracy, to a robust commitment to our values — to human rights, to freedom of expression, to tolerance," he said.


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Among those opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, the belief that the US struck a deal with the group has been common since President Morsi's election last summer. Even those who don't believe a backroom deal was made have been angry about what they feel has been a refusal of the US to criticize anti-democratic moves made by Morsi.

Last year Morsi issued a constitutional declaration that made his actions immune from any judicial challenge, took legislative power from the military and gave it to himself, and sacked the public prosecutor, appointing a new one seen as loyal to the president. He later rescinded some of the measures after he had used the power to help pass a controversial new constitution over the objections of the opposition.

More recently, the president's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) party passed an election law that the opposition says favors the FJP.

CONSOLIDATION?
His opponents say he has been more intent on consolidating power than seeking the consensus needed to overcome Egypt's political crisis. The president's supporters say the opposition are sore losers who can't accept their defeat at the ballot box.

None of these measures drew public rebukes from the US, and many opponents of the FJP and the Brotherhood feel there isn't any private pressure going on, either. They say it reminds them of the time of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, when the US overlooked internal repression.

Unlike for most of the Mubarak years, Egypt is no longer a very stable place. In Mansoura, one of several cities in the Nile Delta and along the Suez canal that have witnessed protests against the president in the past week, there is real anger.

"We think the American administration is responsible for what's happening in Egypt," said Abdel Meguid Rashed, head of the Popular Current, an opposition group, in Mansoura. Activists are angry that the US has not spoken out about police violence against protesters. One man was killed in Mansoura when a police vehicle ran him over in the early hours of Saturday, say witnesses. Dozens of others have been wounded by birdshot and tear gas canisters fired by police.

The opposition would like to see stronger public statements from the US about moves like the constitutional declaration, says Mr. Sabry. "I think many are hoping more than anything else for stronger back-room diplomacy. It's not that they want the US to be on the side of the opposition, but they feel there's a bias, and they wish the US could play a better role in making sure the political process is fair and equitable and just."

NOT VOTING
US officials did call on opposition leaders to cancel a planned boycott of upcoming parliamentary elections. That deepened the opposition's perception of US bias, says Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. "When the opposition does something they don't like, they're willing to state it boldly, and when Morsi does something they don't like, they're not. And that's not particularly useful."

Mr. Hanna argues the US too often reduces its relationship with Egypt to the Egypt-Israel peace agreement, overvaluing the importance of US pressure in maintaining the treaty and underestimating the Egyptian interest in keeping the peace.

"Fundamentally we shouldn't view the relationship as so fragile that we are pushed into unseemly compromises," he says. "I don't think we should be browbeating the Egyptians, but I also don't think we have the option of staying silent in the face of really worrisome developments ... Silence is its own form of support."

This morning Kerry met with 11 representatives of Egyptian civil society, some of whom expressed their worries that rights and freedoms were deteriorating under Morsi. Bahey El Din Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, said Kerry asked participants if they thought Egypt was moving backward. Mr. Hassan's response was that the situation in Egypt now is worse than it was under Mubarak.

"Under Mubarak we were suffering, yes, from bloody repression by police, which was at its maximum under the 18 days of the revolution. What we witness now is a daily bloody aggression," he says he told Kerry. Also troubling is that supporters and members of the ruling party have sometimes joined police in attacking protesters, he says, and what he called a "massive destructive attack against the judiciary" by Morsi.

"The US administration is seen by average Egyptians .. as supporting the Brotherhood as it supported the Mubarak regime, and it doesn't care enough for human rights abuses," he says. But Kerry "was keen to convey the message that US is supporting an elected president, elected by the Egyptian people, and the US didn't choose or elect Morsi."

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