In this issue

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

US-China cybersecurity talks: Obama at Snowden's mercy?

By Howard LaFranchi

Taylor Jones, Political Cartoons.com

Topping the US agenda for strategic and economic talks with China this week is cybersecurity. But since Obama and Xi met in California, Edward Snowden spilled the beans on US spying

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WASHINGTON — (TCSM) The Obama administration has a long agenda for this week's US-China strategic and economic dialogue in Washington, but topping the list of US concerns is Chinese theft of intellectual property — a practice President Obama believes could destroy the product innovation that is the core of American economic strength.

"It's something the US side will focus on like a laser beam," says Kenneth Lieberthal, a former National Security Council senior director for Asia and now a senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

When Mr. Obama met with new Chinese President Xi Jinping in southern California last month, he explained at length how the hacking of US corporations to steal their industrial secrets and product innovations "strikes right at the core of American economic interests," Mr. Lieberthal says.

One result is that cybersecurity will be at the heart of two days of high-level "dialogue" between the two global powers — also the No. 1 and No. 2 economic powers — beginning Wednesday morning. Demonstrating the importance of the issue to both sides, a new US-China cybersecurity working group had its inaugural meeting Monday as part of a run-up to this week's annual dialogue.

A potential complication for US aims in this dialogue is the Edward Snowden affair, which burst onto the international stage since the Obama-Xi summit. The former NSA contractor's revelations of US spying on Chinese institutions and hacking into Chinese databases could offer the Chinese with a convenient foil for deflecting the Obama administration's cybertheft concerns, some experts in relations between the two countries say.

But senior administration officials insist the two issues are "apples and oranges" and that the US will not allow questions of spying among international partners to be confused with the specific threat of economic damage from intellectual property theft.

It's not clear the Chinese see things the same way, however. The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has called the US claim of cyber-victimization "bizarre," and last month declared that Mr. Snowden's revelations about US hacking into Chinese companies and a university data base "demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyberattacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age."

US officials say the new cyber working group demonstrates that the issue is important to both countries. "We want to continue to ensure that a strong regime is in place to protect out intellectual property rights," says a senior administration official, who spoke about this week's strategic and economic dialogue, or "S&E D" in diplomatic speak, on condition of anonymity.


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An annual senior dialogue with the Chinese was started under President George W. Bush, and was expanded and upgraded by Obama in 2009 to include high-level officials and to raise the profile of the dialogue's economic component.

Last year's dialogue in Beijing was marked by the demands of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng for US asylum — an incident that forced then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to balance a sensitive human rights case against the broader diplomatic interests of the US-China relationship.

The way Mr. Chen's case was resolved — he eventually left China for study in the US — without disrupting the high-level dialogue prompted many analysts to conclude that the bilateral relationship had matured to a point where the two powers' interests in a working relationship trumped one sensitive incident.

This year's dialogue will be led by four newcomers to their roles: Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on the US side, while the Chinese delegation will be led by State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang. (Secretary will open the talks in Washington on Wednesday, though his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, remained in a Boston hospital Tuesday.)

Officials from the two countries are expected to take up issues ranging from North Korea and Syria to monetary policy and international investment practices. In addition, this year's dialogue will for the first time include special sessions on climate change and energy security, demonstrating the rising importance of those issues to the two governments.

"We want to demonstrate to the world that the two largest economies in the world can cooperate to help tackle these environmental challenges," says a senior administration official.

Adding a special session on climate change would not have been possible if only one side was interested in the topic, some US-China specialists say.

"Kerry got the green light from the Chinese to make [climate change and clean energy] a working group," says Brookings' Lieberthal. "The big story [of this year's dialogue] is how the climate change issue has moved significantly up the Chinese agenda over the past year," he says.

That, and the fact that growing bilateral accord on the climate and energy issues may allow for some diversion of attention from discord over cyber issues.

In the cyber area "the US is trying to draw a bright red line by saying, 'We also do espionage, but we don't do commercial espionage to benefit our corporations — and we want that to stop,' " Lieberthal says.

What the Snowden revelations have done, he adds, is to blur that "red line" and "give the Chinese an opportunity to muddy the waters."

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