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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 June 25, 2013/ 17 Tammuz, 5773

Whistle-Blow a Happy Tune

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | National Journal's Ron Fournier wrote a strong column about why he doesn't care whether National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. To Fournier, that's "the wrong question. The Snowden narrative matters mostly to White House officials trying to deflect attention from government overreach and deception, and to media executives in search of an easy storyline to serve a celebrity-obsessed audience."

Me? I can't take my eyes off Snowden and his mentor, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Snowden is smart enough to have amassed huge amounts of U.S. intelligence but dumb enough to run to Hong Kong -- and then Moscow -- to out himself as a whistle-blower. (As of my deadline, his final destination is unclear.) He's smart enough to have won a top-security clearance from a government dumb enough to give it to him.

How does Snowden know that Chinese and Russian officials haven't tapped into his four laptops and downloaded all his thumb drives? Maybe he doesn't care, but he should.

In China or Russia, if authorities determine they want your hardware, they can take it. If they want your freedom, they can take it. If they want your fingernails, they can pull them. And there won't be any whistle-blowers to expose what happened.

Snowden's lawyer told The New York Times that Snowden left Hong Kong because he could not face the possibility of being held in prison without access to a computer for long periods of time. If this is true, the tech-savvy Snowden actually needed a lawyer to tell him they don't let you email your pals from Chinese prisons.

The former Booz Allen Hamilton consultant left it to The Guardian and The Washington Post to decide which secrets to publish and which not to. He wasn't sure which information should or should not be made public, but he went to China with his laptops anyway.

On Monday, Assange held a telephone news conference from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been holed up while fighting extradition to Sweden, where he has been charged with sexual assault. It was an ironic setting -- given that Assange hit the Obama administration for stifling investigative journalism from the embassy of a country where the National Assembly just approved a bill to regulate news content. President Rafael Correa praised the new law because it means the "party is over" now that his government can "create a good press."

The BBC's Paul Adams asked Assange whether he appreciates the "obvious irony" of Snowden's fleeing to China and Russia, given their "problematic relationship with the sorts of values of privacy and freedom of speech" that he holds dear.

Assange replied: "I simply do not see the irony. Mr. Snowden has revealed information about mass unlawful spying which has affected every single one of us." It would seem the Ecuadorean Embassy is an irony-free zone.

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