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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 March 27, 2014 / 25 Adar II, 5774

If the West could talk with the people of Russia . . .

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This week, the leaders of the world's seven largest industrial economies did a relatively easy thing. And it made them feel pretty good about themselves. Even though they knew it was unlikely to produce a positive outcome in a world that has mindlessly backed itself into a Cold War and is on the brink of slipping into a hot one.

They booted Russia, the once-again militaristic bully, out of their exclusive club, the former G-8 that is now once again a slimmer G-7.

But next week, these same leaders have a new chance to complete what should always have been a two-step process. They can do something that is bold, visionary and straight-forward - and absolutely unprecedented. Also something that just might produce a positive outcome in Russia, for a change.

This is a moment when the G-7 leaders may be able to actually harness the power of public opinion in Russia - and energize it into a force of logic that even a strongman like Vladimir Putin may understand.

It is time for the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan to take the unprecedented step of reaching out, directly and personally, to the Russian people. It is time for the G-7 leaders to deliver to Russia's citizens a message of straight-talk, common sense, candor, respect and hope - concepts that are quite foreign in the slog of international diplomacy. Which is why it just might work.

Because journalism is not the medium of the diplomatic pouch, I'm going to explain this idea by covering it the way journalists around the world would report what happened. Because this report is being written for U.S. newspapers, it will begin in the traditional America-centric way.


Dateline: Washington, April 5, 2014:

"In an unprecedented synchronized diplomatic effort, President Obama and the other leaders of the G-7 industrialized nations reached out to the Russian people, delivering simultaneous identical speeches urging Russia to return to the 'path of prosperity' President Vladimir Putin had originally charted to showcase Russia as 'productive and trustworthy partners in the global economy.'

"At noon, Greenwich Meridian Time, each G-7 leader posted on the Internet (via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and other social media sites) videos of themselves delivering identical speeches to the Russian people, spoken in their own languages and translated into Russian subtitles.

"The G-7 leaders talked with rare candor to the Russian people, praising policies and progress of Russia's leaders yet also warning that Russia's military response to the crisis in Ukraine risks undoing Putin's best economic plans.

"President Obama and the other G-7 leaders told the people of Russia:

"'Your proud nation has arrived at a crucial economic crossroads. Fortunately, the decision can be up to you - and your ability to convince your leaders of your wishes for Russia to return to its progressive path toward proving itself a trusted and valued member of the global economy.

"'Your leaders had wisely charted a course that was to culminate with two grand global events in Sochi. The first was your successful 2014 Winter Olympics. The second was supposed to have been Russia's hosting in Sochi of our conference of G-8 nations. It would have showcased Russia's emergence as a powerful, trusted partner in the global economy.

"'But unfortunately, Russia undid all that with a military response to the upheaval in Ukraine. Now you and your leaders must choose your future path. Will Russia travel a road to unprecedented prosperity for you, your children and your grandchildren? Or will Russia stay on its new path of military threats against neighbors, a road that can only lead to economic isolation and missed opportunities for Russia's citizens?

"'Frankly, I have seen how the people's voice has shaped policies in my country. We hope Russia's people will choose the path of prosperity through responsible partnership in the global economy. And we hope Russia's leaders will hear and heed the voice of their people.'

In 2002, the last Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, talked with me about the importance of keeping weapons of mass destruction out of terrorists' hands. Gorbachev said ordinary people understand this - and urged the world's people to lead their leaders to do the right thing.

Twelve years later, another Russian president stands a historic crossroads. Once again, we must hope the people will lead their leader to make the right choice.

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Previously:


03/20/14: A pain-free victory for Putin

03/13/14: 20th-century travel technology in the 21st century

03/06/14: The World According to Putin

01/23/14: National security priority? Education

12/25/13: A New Year's Resolution to revitalize presidential press conferences

12/04/13: U.N. nuclear fuel bank may save us from next Iran

11/27/13: We must not fool ourselves about Barack Hussein Carter

11/13/13: Let's honor our veterans by ending Veterans Day Sales

10/30/13: Could dyslexia be a 'desirable' disability?

09/18/13: Syria's big picture, as Vladimir Putin sees it

08/28/13: Kerry finally gets his moment to look presidential --- at least somebody is

08/08/13: Latest political scandals seem like reruns --- in fact, they seem like parodies of themselves

07/03/13: NSA reforms will come, securing liberty and homeland

07/03/13: As student loan rates double, Congress fails to act

06/05/13: Scandal chatter drowns out best and worst news

05/29/13: Obama vs. Obama

03/13/13: VA's growing backlog needs attention now

03/06/13: When a presidency and press corps collide

02/27/13: Washington unintentionally but predictably triggering a coast-to-coast tsunami, freezing job hiring

02/21/13: Cold War vestiges still afflict 2 nuclear cities

01/16/13: Turnabout sucks

01/09/13: Education must be America's new national security priority

11/29/12: Building a budgetary bridge to somewhere

11/24/12: Voters share blame for negative campaigns

10/24/12: Romney displays unusual strategy for winning

10/17/12: Russia drops a bombshell on U.S. nuclear safeguard plan and few notice

10/11/12: A new debate game plan for a new comeback

07/25/12: Washington news, sanitized for officials' comfort

07/18/12: By withholding, Mitt Romney taxes campaign

06/20/12: Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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