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December 2, 2014

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

Driving Off a Cliff

By Mona Charen




JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, The Washington Post's Tehran, Iran, correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38; his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi; and two other U.S. citizens were detained. State Department spokesman Marie Harf issued a protest that didn't even rise to the level of tepid, saying "Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad."

Reassured? Rezaian and the others join a list of Americans held captive — many for years and years.

Former FBI agent Bob Levinson, 66, went missing after traveling to Iran in 2007. Warren Weinstein, 72, was operating in Lahore, Pakistan, as an aid worker when he was kidnapped by al-Qaida in 2011. Alan Gross, 65, had gone to Cuba as a State Department contractor in 2009. He was arrested and tried for the crime of distributing Internet hookups. In failing health, Gross has lost the sight in one eye, can barely walk, and is reportedly deeply depressed. Caitlin Coleman was captured with her Canadian husband in Afghanistan in 2012. She was pregnant at the time.

Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili, director general of the Tehran Province Justice Department, confirmed that Rezaian and the others were detained (one has since been released), adding, "Iranian security forces are vigilant towards all kind of enemies' activities."

Enemies? Someone should alert Secreary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama, who are pursuing Tehran like groupies after a rock band.

The Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Iran as one of the three worst "jailers of the press" in the world. Unlike the U.S. State Department, which said little about the Washington Post reporter, and unlike the White House, which said nothing, the CPJ issued a strong protest: "We call on Iranian authorities to immediately explain why ... (the) journalists have been detained, and we call for their immediate release. Iran has a dismal record with regard to its treatment of imprisoned journalists. We hold the Iranian government responsible for the safety of these four."

The administration's limp response to this obvious provocation would surprise no one. It has failed to secure the releases of so many Americans. The one captive who was freed, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, seemed to have been exchanged not so much for his own sake but rather as a convenient excuse for releasing several of Guantanamo Bay's worst.

The Obama courtship of Iran persists despite everything. It has been the president's fixed intention from the first days of this presidency when he sent warm greetings to the regime and has proved utterly resistant to rebuff, to insult and to glaring failure. Obama is determinedly driving the policy toward the cliff, swerving around one huge blinking danger sign after another.

Iran conspires to blow up a Saudi diplomat — along with countless others — in Cafe Milano, a popular Washington, D.C., restaurant? Keep driving.

Iran has repeatedly lied about its secret nuclear weapons development program, as even the U.N.'s Mohamed ElBaradei confirmed? Keep driving.

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Iran sends boatloads of weapons to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (the outfit whose errant missile actually hit that school in Gaza)? Keep driving. Iran is the chief state sponsor of terror? Keep driving.

Iran's Supreme Leader stands before a huge banner at a rally and proclaims, vis-a-vis Iran's plan to become a nuclear power, "America cannot do a damned thing"? Keep driving.

Iran kidnaps American citizens? Keep driving.

Iran funds and supports the regime of Bashar Assad as it massacres 120,000 Syrians? Keep driving.

Iran promises to replenish the weapons and other supplies lost by Hamas in this latest battle against Israel? Keep driving. (Those weapons included the longer-range M-75 rocket, which has permitted Hamas to hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as drones and thousands of rounds of ammunition.)

Iran insists, against American denials, that the P5+1 talks in Geneva, Switzerland, gave Iran the "right to enrich uranium"? Keep driving.

To what destination? Does Obama imagine that a deal with Iran and loosening sanctions will further world peace? Just last week, his own administration acknowledged that Russia has been cheating on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — since 1987! Does this revelation dim Obama's enthusiasm for arms treaties? Does it sober him up? Not a bit. Obama sent President Vladimir Putin a letter, outlining the cheating and — wait for it — conveying that the United States is prepared to engage in "senior-level bilateral dialogue immediately."

Not a strong letter. Not even strong letter to follow. There is nothing to follow — as the world — and particularly Iran, knows so well.

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