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December 2, 2014

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 13, 2014 / 11 Adar II, 5774

Buzzwords hide Ukraine's meaning for U.S. and EU

By Diana West




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Reading as widely on Ukraine as possible, I kept wondering why the story wasn't making sense. Then I realized the buzzwords used to tell the story weren't adding up.

Here's what we hear: Democracy in action drove a corrupt leader, whose snipers had fired on protestors in Kiev, to flee Ukraine. Enter Russian forces into Crimea, Ukraine. The "Free World" must now take its stand against the "Russian Bear" for freedom, sovereignty and rule of law, and reject the outcome of an "unconstitutional" referendum in which Russian-majority-Crimea is expected to vote to join Russia. Meanwhile, please inject billions of Western taxpayer dollars and Euros into Ukraine.

Mute the rhetoric, though, and it's hard not to notice that last month, a violent mob and rump parliament ousted the elected Ukrainian president in another "unconstitutional" process better known as a coup. It's a coup even if Vladimir Putin calls it one, and even if Barack Obama calls it "standing up on behalf of democracy."

In this way, "democracy," too, becomes another buzzword. "Democracy," good; "Putin," maybe worse than Soviet-era dictators who came before him. (Romanian Communist defector Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa went so far as to write online at The Blaze: "Russia's gradual conquest of Ukraine has become the most dangerous challenge to peace and stability in the world since the end of World War II.") If "democracy" vs. "Putin" is a struggle of the buzzwords, what is it that Washington and Brussels, capital of the European Union, are really supporting in Ukraine?

To understand this -- and I feel I'm still at the beginning -- it's important to see the players for who they are, not for who they are reputed to be. The buzzworded story sticks only if we respond to injections of Cold War rhetoric by seeing Barack Obama as "Leader of the Free World" -- not as a president who has brought U.S. foreign policy into closer alignment with jihadist movements worldwide, while further socializing the U.S. at home, and seizing non-constitutional powers for the executive branch.

We also have to regard the countries of Europe and NATO as "free" -- that is, not "integrated," and often not freely so (meaning not by national referendum), into the European Union's one-world-fits-all, socialistic superstate, which is run by unelected, unaccountable ministers, many of whom actually cut their political teeth in Communist parties.


We also have to believe that "freedom," "sovereignty" and "rule of law" -- what Washington and Brussels say are at stake in Ukraine -- are not just bursts of propaganda shot off to inspire good people to hand over those billions of taxpayer dollars and Euros for Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund.

Weirdly little-known fact: The IMF is the post-World War II brainchild of one of Moscow's most important and successful Communist agents ever, Harry Dexter White. For the matter, the United Nations was also fostered by another Soviet agent, Alger Hiss.

All of which is to say that there are more moving parts here than our limited stock of buzzwords indicates. More intensive scrutiny is surely needed -- and before we pony up again. Since 1991, the U.S. alone has spent $5 billion on building democracy and good governance in Ukraine -- and rampantly corrupt Ukraine still just had a coup.

Much remains murky, but one piece of the Ukraine story whose facts seem within reach concerns the coup's precipitous event: the shocking sniper attacks on people in the square in Kiev, which reached a bloody crescendo on Feb. 20, killing some 40 people out of the "heavenly hundred" who are believed to have died in all. Who is responsible?

Initial reports blamed the security forces of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Now, according to The Associated Press, the new authorities in Ukraine "have shifted their focus" from the Yanukovych government to Vladimir Putin's Russia -- "pursuing the theory," AP continues, "that the Kremlin was intent on sowing mayhem as a pretext for military incursion." Meanwhile, Russia, the AP reports, believes "the snipers were organized by opposition leaders trying to whip up local and international outrage against the government."

Russia's argument is bolstered by an extraordinary "intercepted" phone conversation. In the call, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet describes evidence from Olga Bogomolets, a noted Ukrainian physician-activist, to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton. It suggests the same snipers were killing people from both sides -- policemen and protestors alike. The new government's health minister, Oleh Musiy, said much the same thing to the AP, which adds "that the similarity of bullet wounds suffered by opposition victims and police indicates the shooters were trying to stoke tensions on both sides and spark even greater violence with the goal of toppling Yanukovych."

Estonia's Paet continued, conveying his belief to the EU's Ashton: "There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers ... it was not Yanukovych but it was somebody from the new coalition." In other words, some faction associated with the new government the U.S. and the EU are supporting. Estonia has since authenticated the call.

The cold-bloodedness of whatever party is behind such a bloody calculation is chilling, even as the question of responsibility has hot political ramifications. When it comes to spending billions to promote "European values" (another buzzword) -- let alone "freedom," "democracy" and "rule of law" -- a non-partial investigation into these events becomes essential. Buzzwords, meanwhile, are no substitute for the truth.

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