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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 July 24, 2013/ 17 Meanachem-Av, 5773

It's time for Obama to tell Putin 'nyet'

By Kevin Ferris



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) In the latest political show trial in Moscow, Alexei Navalny, the anticorruption activist and charismatic opposition leader, was sentenced to five years in jail — for corruption. Apparently there is no move too cynical for Russian leader and former KGB operative Vladimir Putin.

Only last week a dead man — Sergei Magnitsky, a whistle-blower who was jailed and beaten to death in prison — was judged guilty of the very embezzlement scheme he had exposed (which was committed, in reality, by top government officials).

Then there's Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil magnate, who has been repeatedly jailed in another series of show trials — because he mounted a political challenge to Putin.

These trials — even more than the games Putin is playing with the American leaker and asylum-seeker Edward Snowden — should signal to President Obama that it's time to cancel a planned summit with Putin in September. The same mind-set that drives the Russian leader to lock up any political opponent ensures that a summit would be a waste of time.

Just look at the case of Navalny, Russia's most promising opposition leader and a new kind of Russian politician. He came to prominence after mounting a series of Internet investigations of his country's staggering official corruption.

When I interviewed the tall, blond, 35-year-old Navalny in Moscow last year, he told me: "This regime is based on corruption." He was referring to the massive wealth funneled to Kremlin favorites and the disrespect for law that pervades the system. "I focus on this issue," he said, "and that's why people appreciate my efforts."

Navalny's slogan was: "No to robbers, no to thieves, yes to citizenship."

This crusade made Navalny an icon for Moscow's growing middle class. The anti-corruption campaigner was set to run for mayor of Moscow in September. No question, the incumbent (a favorite of the Kremlin's) would win. But a strong Navalny showing might have embarrassed Putin — and still could, since his name is already on the ballot. So first they jailed him, then they suddenly freed him after 24 hours, pending appeal.

"Maybe they feared more people would vote for him because he was imprisoned," says Russian journalist Natalia Gevorkyan, who has written books on Putin and Khodorkovsky.

However, at any moment, Navalny could be tossed back in jail. The Navalny tale illustrates Putin's blatant indifference to domestic and international opinion — both are critical of the Navalny verdict. Russian polls show that 56 percent of Russians believe Navalny's arrest was either aimed at halting his anti-corruption crusade or preventing him from running for mayor. But Putin, confident he can manipulate the Russian system, doesn't care.


Which brings us to the question of whether Obama should cancel the summit in Moscow, where he is scheduled to stop before attending a September meeting of leaders of the G-20 (the major industrialized and developing nations) in St. Petersburg. Just as Putin imagines he can manipulate Russians, he seems to believe he can manipulate Obama as well.

After Putin was re-elected president early last year, Obama attempted (for a second time) to reset U.S.-Russian relations. Yet, in a put-down to Obama, Putin declined to attend a May 2012 meeting of the leaders of the G-8 (eight of the most powerful industrial countries), which was held at Camp David. The excuse he gave was so silly as to be demeaning.

The White House, and Secretary of State John Kerry, has invested much effort in urging Moscow to help mediate a compromise solution to the Syrian civil war, yet Putin has steadfastly backed President Bashar al-Assad. Obama dearly wants to negotiate another round of nuclear arms cuts with Putin, but the Russian has made clear he is not interested.

"There is nothing on the (Moscow summit) agenda that they can make progress on," says the Brookings Institution's Fiona Hill, co-author of "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin." "Why would Obama bother going?"

Indeed, when the two men met at a G-8 summit last month in Northern Ireland, Putin's demeanor was so frigid that video clips of the scene became grist for TV comics. A summit in Moscow, says Hill, "would be just another exercise in parody and disillusionment."

Meantime, the Russian leader continues to toy with Snowden at Sheremetyevo Airport — cynically using him to decry American "human-rights violations." There's no chance that Putin will hand him over. Yet Putin clearly still wants the September summit. He has said "squabbles" over Snowden shouldn't derail bilateral relations.

The new Russian tsar wants to project himself as a global leader and Russia as a rising superpower (despite its shrinking population and third-world-style economy that depends on the export of natural resources).

Although he thinks America is declining, he still wants a photo-op that shows him as an equal of the U.S. president. Isn't it time for the White House to administer a reality check? Isn't it time for Obama to stop playing by Putin's rules?

There are plenty of transparent excuses — busy schedule, daughter's school play — for bowing out of a pointless summit. And Vice President Biden could certainly fill in for Obama at the G-20 meeting. Putin seems to believe that Obama will come calling, no matter how many times he insults him. It's long past time to show him he is wrong.

Previously:

05/15/13: What Russia gave Kerry on Syria --- very little


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Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer.



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