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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 June 7, 2005 / 29 Iyar, 5765

Abandoning Central America

By Rich Lowry


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back during the Reagan years, few things so exercised self-styled idealists of the left as the fate of Central America. They bewailed its civil wars, and the way its governments allied with the U.S. were supposedly autocratic and abusive. When "Sandanistas" — the archetypical Birkenstock-wearing friends of Nicaragua's left-wing government — urged people to "think globally, act locally," they were mostly thinking of Central America.

Flash-forward two decades and a fragile democratic revolution in the region later. That old (misplaced) idealism has transformed into a genuflection to the protectionism of American labor: "Think globally, act however AFL-CIO head John Sweeney dictates." And so almost all of the House Democratic caucus has lined up in opposition to the U.S.-Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

CAFTA was finished last year and will be taken up by Congress next week. President Bush plugged the agreement in a speech to Organization of American States foreign ministers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday. It is the most important Central America-related initiative Congress will take up for decades, and on its passage hinges the future of the region.

The agreement is a win-win. The University of Michigan estimates that it would boost U.S. income by $17 billion and Central American income by $5 billion. Thanks to their proximity to the U.S., CAFTA countries together constitute the 13th largest U.S. trading partner. Forward-looking leaders in the region have made CAFTA a centerpiece of their development strategies, hoping to create a virtuous circle of economic growth feeding and building on political and economic reform.

Chile is a model. The U.S. trade agreement with Chile that went into effect in 2004 expanded exports between both countries by 30 percent its first year. As State Department official Robert Zoellick pointed out in a recent speech, "The country in Latin America that has dramatically reduced inequality, unemployment and poverty in recent decades while also increasing real wages and pensions for working families is Chile — the country that has most opened its economy to free trade."

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So why not CAFTA? Bipartisan majorities support programs to give developing nations tariff-free access to the U.S. market. Democrats in particular support these programs on humanitarian grounds, including the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which has helped make 80 percent of exports from CAFTA countries already tariff-free. But when it comes to a free-trade agreement that will benefit U.S. exporters by giving them, in return, tariff-free access to foreign markets, then the Democrats find reasons to be oddly opposed.

They point to what they say are CAFTA's insufficient labor and environmental standards. But those standards are more far-reaching than those in the U.S. agreement with Jordan, negotiated by the Clinton administration and approved by Congress in 2001, and roughly equivalent to those in the agreement with Morocco, approved by a wide margin last year. While it's unrealistic for poor countries to live up to First World standards, the CAFTA countries have tightened up their labor codes and practices to bring them in line with International Labor Organization standards. A representative of the Humane Society International recently told Congress, "CAFTA has brought the issues of protecting the environment ... to the forefront in Central America."

The fact is that unions simply don't like free-trade agreements. They opposed last year's free-trade agreement with Australia, even though the Aussies have roughly a $9-an-hour minimum wage (U.S. dollars) and we run a $9 billion trade surplus with them. The unions gave Democrats a pass on that agreement, so they felt liberated to vote for it. The unions won't be so forgiving on CAFTA, so nearly all House Democrats — even moderate "New Democrats" — are lining up to try to defeat it.

The agreement isn't perfect. It unfairly protects the U.S. sugar and textile industries. But it will foster growth here and in Central America, and help cement the region's progress. Its uncertain political prospects would be helped immeasurably if the left mustered on its behalf a spasm of its former Central American altruism.

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