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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

A case of bombs and identity theft?

By Jeffrey Fleishman





Yemen bomb suspect is released, lawyer says


JewishWorldReview.com |

SANA, Yemen — (MCT) Yemen authorities on Sunday released a 23-year-old engineering student who had been arrested a day earlier for her alleged connection to al-Qaida and the foiled plot to mail packages of concealed explosives into the U.S., according to her lawyer.

The Yemen government did not issue a statement on why Hanan Samawi, who was detained Saturday after her cell phone number was traced to shipping orders, was freed. The student's release could be a political embarrassment for President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had announced her arrest in a high-profile news conference apparently designed to show that his government was moving aggressively against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Samawi's lawyer, Abdulraham Barman, said he was told by Samawi's father Sunday evening that she was no longer in custody. Barman did not elaborate.

A Yemen official in Washington, who asked not to be named, said authorities released Samawi on conditional bail and believed it was a case of stolen identity. The official said "they brought in several people from the shipping company where the package was dropped off. They had them look at the woman and see if they could identify her. All of them said it was not her."

The official added that the woman who did drop off the package "used a passport and an ID that had the full name of Hanan Samawi, and her address and phone number. ... We believe it was someone who knew Hanan Samawi or somehow their paths crossed."

Hours before the young woman's release, her classmates at Sana University College of Engineering protested against the treatment she received from police in her neighborhood in north Sana, the Yemen capital. Students were angry that police had surrounded her house and drove away with her and her mother, a scene many Yemenis found culturally reprehensible. They protested under the sign: "Is this how you treat women in Yemen?"

In a country woven with deception and conspiracy, the president's involvement in the case suggested the increasing pressure Saleh faces inside and outside of Yemen. Was he taking charge to keep Washington from pressing him for increased U.S. military intervention, or was it a sign that after years of keeping the Americans at bay he was signaling closer cooperation with the Obama administration?

"I think it's an orchestration to draw more attention to Yemen," Barman, a human-rights lawyer, said earlier in the day. "The U.S. wants to be more active here and this plot is a fabrication to justify coming military strikes against al-Qaida."

Others viewed the president's quick action as a pointed message to Washington: "We'll deal with it to your liking, but just keep out of our hair. The president has the support of the Yemeni people to handle our own affairs," said Abdul-Ghani Iryani, a political analyst. "The military option will not work in dealing with a small group of bandits. You need police work, not bombs and missiles."

While pundits and columnists parsed the global politics of terrorism, Yemeni investigators hunted for suspects and details in a plot that spanned several countries. Security forces were trying to determine how two packages containing explosives and bound for Jewish centers in Chicago slipped through detectors at the Yemen airport and wound up on planes in Britain and the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Qaida has not claimed responsibility for the plot, but intelligence officials say it bears the earmarks of Ibrahim Hassan Asiri, the group's chief bomb maker. The explosive in the packages was PETN, which was also used in a suicide bombing carried out by Asiri's brother in 2009 in a failed attempt to assassinate Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency.

Few on the Sana University campus believed that Samawi, a liberal thinker and the daughter of a water engineer, was connected to a terrorist network, even though a copy of her identification card also appeared on shipping papers. Her female classmates, most of whom wore veils covering their faces, described Samawi as an apolitical conscientious computer engineering student awaiting graduation in July.

"Hanan wouldn't do anything like this," said a student who gave only her first name, Sumiya. "She's only interested in computer engineering. She's one of our best students, a normal girl. She listens to Western music. She likes Yanni."

There is growing frustration among Yemenis with Washington's influence and their own government's inability, despite military attacks on al-Qaida, to significantly weaken the group. Many feel the country is adrift in a costly and dangerous battle against terrorism while not solving issues such as poverty, corruption and a failing education system that have allowed militants to gain a foothold.

News clips tend to stay the same. Soldiers and heavy artillery move into mountainous regions, airstrikes rattle ravines and al-Qaida fighters slip away, disappearing into tribal lands and safe houses. Increased cooperation between the U.S. and Yemen has resulted in some military successes, but, analysts say, a new generation of militants is waiting.

"Right now there's no indication whatsoever that al-Qaida is losing ground," Iryani said. "As tanks roll into an area, new buds of terrorists bloom. We've been going about it completely wrong."

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