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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 Dec. 22, 2008 / 25 Kislev 5769

The ripples of recession: Desperate adversaries might lash out

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the economy worsens, the attention of Americans is drawn inward. So this is a good time to remember that if it hadn't been for the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler never would have become ruler of Germany.


In the German parliamentary elections of 1928, the Nazis won less than 3 percent of the vote, and just 12 of the 608 seats in the Reichstag.


After the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929, our government called in the loans it had made to Germany, throwing Germany into depression. Unemployment there rose from 1.5 million (10 percent) in 1928 to 5.5 million (30.1 percent) in 1932.


Hard economic times radicalized the German electorate. The Nazis won 230 seats in the Reichstag in the election of July 1932, nearly a hundred seats more than the second-largest party.


Though the U.S. economy has suffered serious harm, our competitive position in the world actually has improved, because most other nations are suffering more than we are, wrote Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard's Center for International Development, in Britain's Financial Times Monday.


"The financial meltdown has translated into a sudden stop in capital flows to emerging and developing countries, which threatens to destabilize their growth, their financial systems and their government accounts," Mr. Hausmann said.


Those who are suffering most are those who can afford it least. "Financial crises, like epidemics, kill the unhealthy first," noted the cynic who writes for the Asia Times under the pen name "Spengler."


The collapse of oil prices is having a devastating impact on our enemies in Iran and Venezuela, and our sometimes enemies in Russia.


The Iranian economy was a mess even when oil prices were high. The mullahs maintain a tenuous hold on power through massive subsidies for food and refined fuel, subsidies they can no longer afford to pay now that oil revenues are a third of what they were in the summer.


Hugo Chavez's situation is even more dire. Deutsche Bank estimated in October that Venezuela needed an oil price of $95 a barrel to keep its budget in balance. Venezuela had food shortages and raging inflation before oil prices collapsed. If Mr. Chavez has to cut subsidies — as he must — he could be toppled in a matter of months.


Hard economic times may improve Russia's international behavior, thinks Mr. Hausmann.


"Remember the dangerous scenario this past summer with Russia intervening in Georgia and threatening Europe with the energy card?" he asked. "Now, Russian policy makers perform daily prayers just to be able to open the stock market for regular business."


But except for Venezuela — where nothing but good can come from Mr. Chavez' misery — we should temper our schadenfreude (pleasure in the misfortune of others) with caution. Because desperate circumstances cause desperate men to do desperate things.


It wasn't just megalomania that caused Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait in 1990. His war with Iran had emptied Iraq's treasury, and he saw no way out of the fiscal hole he was in except by seizing Kuwait's oil fields. Hitler invaded Russia because he thought he was in an economic squeeze.


Might the mullahs in Iran be tempted to try to solve their otherwise insoluble economic problems by seizing the oil fields in southern Iraq and Kuwait? Spengler thinks so. "The system is rotten, and must either break down, or break out, that is, through military adventures," he said last summer.


But the biggest danger point, Spengler thinks, may be Pakistan, a nuclear power on the verge of becoming a failed state, with 20 million men of military age, most of them dirt poor, many educated only in radical Islamist madrassas.


"The West at present is unable to cope with a failed state like Somalia, with less than a tenth as many military age men as Pakistan, but which nonetheless constitutes a threat to world shipping," Spengler said. "How can the West cope with the inability of (Pakistan's) duly constituted government to suppress Islamist elements in its army and intelligence services?"

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