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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

US bracing for more Russian blowback after taking action against 18 more human rights violators

By Howard LaFranchi



Law requiring the administration's action roiled US-Russia relations after its passage last year. Some in Congress believe new list is too short


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WASHINGTON — (TCSM) The Obama administration, acting in accordance with a law passed by Congress last year that roiled US-Russia relations, named 18 Russian officials Friday who will face visa bans and a US assets freeze as a result of alleged human rights violations.

US officials said the administration is bracing for blowback from Russia — where irate lawmakers already reacted to the US law by approving a ban on American adoptions of Russian children.

The list was the first to result from passage last fall of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, named for a Russian whistleblower who died in prison in 2009 after publicly reporting massive tax fraud by Russian officials.

But on Capitol Hill, several lawmakers decried what they described as a surprisingly short list that failed to name any senior officials.


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Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona said he was "deeply disappointed" that the administration named only 18 individuals — even though, he said, several prominent international human rights organizations and the European Court on Human Rights have made "compelling cases" against many times that number of Russian officials involved in human rights abuses.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D) of Massachusetts described the list as "timid and features more significant omissions than names." But he nevertheless called the release of the initial list "an important first step" and said administration officials had assured him that "further additions will be made to the list as new evidence comes to light."

A senior State Department official discussing the list with reporters Friday acknowledged that human rights are "sometimes a difficult part of our relationship with Russia," but he insisted that "political considerations were not a factor" in drawing up the list of 18 names.

Some human rights organizations consulted by the State Department as it drew up the list and some congressional supporters of the legislation had anticipated a much longer list that might even reach intoRussian President Vladimir Putin's circle of advisers and political associates.

The State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to openly discuss the listing, confirmed that there is also a separate classified list, as called for in the law, but he refused to divulge even the number of names on that list.

In his statement, Senator McCain said "even that [classified] list is inadequate." Individuals on the classified list are subject to a visa ban but not an assets freeze, since financial sanctions can only be levied against publicly named individuals.

Of the 18 publicly named Russians, 16 were listed over their involvement in the Sergei Magnitsky case, according to the State Department official. The Magnitsky Act directed the Treasury and State Department to go beyond the Magnitsky case in targeting Russian officials involved in human rights abuses.

The Magnitsky action announced Friday seemed likely to add fuel to the fire burning through US-Russia relations — even if the initial list was a modest one.

President Putin has cited the Magnitsky Act in railing against what he sees as US meddling in Russian affairs. In December he signed the legislation that would ban adoption of Russian children by US citizens, and has called for Russia to name its own list of American human rights violators.

Some experts in US-Russia relations have played down the impact of the Magnitsky law, noting that it was passed at the same time Congress approved legislation that lifted Cold-War-era restrictions on trade with Russia as part of paving the way to Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization.

But others have cautioned that a US focus on human rights in Russia could dim prospects for advancing other priorities with Russia, such as missile defense and nuclear disarmament.

"We have strong relations with Russia," the State Department official said, noting that there are "strong areas of cooperation, and strong areas of difference.

"Human rights," he added, "is an area of difference."

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