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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 August 2, 2013/ 25 Menachem-Av, 5773

Missing From News: the World

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Traveling around the U.S. and catching news on the fly, one is struck by things that go unnoticed in the ordinary routines. Just how shallow and parochial can American news get?

An airport CNN monitor reported the breaking news that George Zimmerman had been pulled over for speeding. Thanks, CNN, for keeping me up to date.

One can read newspapers, magazines and watch TV in America pretty diligently and still only vaguely be aware that there's a world out there. I know this makes me sound like a liberal. Liberals, more than conservatives, like to focus on international events. Public Radio International has an eclectic nightly program called "The World" that covers everything from pop music in Peru to an orangutan rehabilitation center in Borneo. It's a quirky show — interesting and rarely preachy — but it's more human interest than hard news.

Liberals' interest in the world seems to stem at least in part from disdain for their own country. Like Obama's vacuous invocation of the "citizens of the world" cliche, they tend to view the world not as it is, but as a foil for the U.S. News from other nations tends to be reported as an implied rebuke to the U.S. ("All Belgians are given free education from birth through Ph.Ds") or a reminder of past U.S. crimes. ("Vietnam still struggles to overcome war's legacy.")

This kind of reporting is just an extension of the parochialism that liberals claim to despise. Other nations are interesting in their own right, not just as exhibits in our ongoing domestic debates.

Let us therefore praise the London-based Economist magazine. Its editorial posture is liberal. They endorsed Obama in 2008 and again (begrudgingly) in 2012. They can get things infuriatingly wrong — their coverage of the Zimmerman trial, for example, neglected to mention self-defense.


Yet week in and week out, The Economist reports world news with sophistication and intelligence. Guess which region of the developing world has the highest rates of obesity? Latin America and the Caribbean. More years of life are now lost to overeating than to hunger in this part of the world.

Guess what the poverty rate in India is? Twenty-two percent. That's down from 37 percent in 2005. The nature of poverty in India remains radically different from first world conditions. The poor suffers high levels of disease, malnutrition and illiteracy. But the story of India's rapid economic growth over the past several decades is stunning. An estimated 300 million Indians have moved from poverty into the middle class in 10 years. (Forgive a little axe grinding: It was capitalism that did it.)

Iraq has seen more violence in the past four months than at any time since 2008 — 3,000 killed and more than 7,000 injured. Al-Qaida and Sunni spillovers from the fighting in Syria are battling for control of the country. Shia mosques, markets and funerals have been attacked. The Economist doesn't mention it, but the Obama administration has invited this chaos by refusing to leave a stabilizing U.S. force behind after a hard-won U.S. success.

France has endured more riots in the Muslim suburbs of Paris (reminiscent of the weeks of violence in 2005) after police asked a woman to remove her face covering in the course of an identity check. The woman's husband attempted to strangle the officer. There was a scuffle. He was arrested, and later that night the town of Trappes began to burn.

Female genital mutilation (a practice unrelated to Islam) is subsiding in the Central African Republic and among some tribes in Kenya. But it's going strong in Egypt, Somalia, Mali, Sudan, Ethiopia and Mauritania, where 70 to 100 percent of girls are cut. A UNICEF report found that more than 65 percent of Somali women believe the practice should continue, along with about 58 percent of Egyptian women and 77 percent of Malian women. In Britain, where the practice is illegal, immigrants from Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Somalia take their daughters abroad during summer holidays to be mutilated. Police are reluctant to investigate, fearing political incorrectness.

Expect the American press to cover more Zimmerman news this summer. They'll explain that August is a slow news month. Maybe it's not the news that's slow.

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