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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 Jan. 13, 2010 / 27 Teves 5770

Iran Sacrifices Its Future

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have just read about a new high-water mark in the persecution of intellectuals. Or just the intelligent. For setting it, the world can thank the Hon. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his clerical keepers, notable among them the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader, General Exaltedness, Most High Nabob, etc.


Forgive me if I lose track of the exact titles now used by the higher-ups of the Islamic Republic, just as I used to have trouble keeping track of the Grand Dragons and Imperial Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc., in these Southern latitudes. And probably for the same reason — there is a comic-opera aspect to such official designations that won't let me take them seriously. At least not until till said officials turn homicidal. Then they become serious indeed. As in threats to the peace.


Lest we forget, as late as 1940 some found even A. Hitler a figure of vaudevillian fun — see Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator." But a buffoon with a great army ceases to be a buffoon and becomes a clear and present danger. The same goes for a grand ayatollah who's on the verge of acquiring his own nukes.


But today let's give the devil/grand dragon/Supreme Leader his due. For the first time in my admittedly limited knowledge, a regime has decided to identify its most promising students not in order to make use of their minds and talents, but to bar them from further study, or maybe from society in general.


That's right: If you're a star pupil in Iran, you're less likely to get a good report card than a stiff prison sentence. Iran's rulers have made a capacity for thought grounds for suspicion, even suspension, expulsion and incarceration. If not worse.

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Here's how Iran's star system works, according to an eye-opening and brow-furrowing front-page story by Farnaz Fassihi in the Wall Street Journal:


If one star appears beside a student's name in the extensive dossier kept by Iran's secret police, he — or she — may stay in graduate school but only after signing a promise not to take part in any objectionable activities. Like freedom of expression.


But if you're awarded two stars by Big Brother, uh oh. You're suspended from school and become eligible for interrogation by the authorities. After which you may be required to write a letter (if your hand still works) pledging you'll forgo any unapproved politics.


It would be no surprise to learn that that there's an Anti-Iranian Activities Committee modeled on the old House Un-American Activities Committee that held sway during one of this country's more fearful moods.


If you rate three stars, which means you've been spotted attending a protest rally or daring to openly support an opposition candidate, you are banned from any of the country's institutions of higher education. For life.


In Iran, education is being reserved for those who solemnly promise not to use it to think for themselves. It's a terrible thing to do to a society, let alone a once great civilization. It is the equivalent of a nation's destroying its seed corn.


Remember the case of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman whose killing was captured on a video? How could anyone forget? The people of Iran remember her.


So will all these star students. Some of them, denied places in graduate school, are quoted as wondering what will happen to them in life. I take this opportunity to hazard a prediction: One of them will turn out to be prime minister of a new, free Iran. For today's revolutionaries have a way of becoming tomorrow's leaders.


Despite their bully boys and all the other accouterments of a police state, the mullahs in transient power in Iran are making a big mistake, the same one all their kind do. They're betting against their people's noblest aspiration: liberty.


However long it takes, freedom will sprout. Naturally it was a Russian — Ilya Ehrenburg — who said it: "If the whole world were to be covered with asphalt, one day a crack would appear in the asphalt, and in that crack grass would grow."


The American method of suppressing dissent is more subtle, and effective.


Here anyone who dares challenge the reigning orthodoxy in this country's politically correct, well-policed groves of academe may find himself facing just as well-calibrated a system of penalties, from a failing grade to being denied tenure. But there is no need in a free country to use an instrument as blunt as force. In the supposedly free world, intellectual fashion reigns, and ostracism is the instrument of choice.


Note the tactics used by the "scientists" who contributed those revealing emails out of the formerly respected Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England. Anyone who harbored doubts about man-made climate change was to be treated as a heretic. Doubts were to be suppressed and the doubters themselves reduced to unpersons in the scientific hierarchy, their work unpublished.


To quote one of the hacked e-mails: "I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!" That was Professor Phil Jones, who now has stepped aside as head of the CRU while his activities there are investigated, writing to his collaborator Michael Mann at Penn State.


The moral of this story: When it comes to anti-intellectualism, no one practices it so assiduously as the West's own intellectuals.

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