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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 December 3, 2013/ 30 Kislev, 5774

Backlash in the 'social dump'

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | LONDON. Britain and France have been the cat and dog of Europe, yapping and hissing at each other over the centuries, but they're singing the same song now in close harmony over immigration and what to do about how it's changing the face of Europe. The not-so-huddled masses, yearning to breathe free on the ride to a good life in the prosperous countries. The music is familiar to American ears, but the words are brisk and straightforward, unencumbered by the fear of being politically incorrect.

The French still call the English "the Anglo-Saxons," as if history has stood still. (A 10-minute stroll through Notting Hill Gate or Earl's Court demonstrates how the term is so Twentieth Century. The words are not taken as the intended insult, but often as a wistful recollection of yesteryear. The French are still the frogs, but now frog and bulldog share an abiding dilemma, with a sympathetic Germany standing by to help with cutting "Eurocrats" in Brussels down to size. It's about "benefit tourism," and it has little to do with authentic tourists and a lot to do with government benefits. The problem is not immigration so much as migration, the free movement from country to country within the European Union. But it's of a piece with the fast-growing movement of migrants from the impoverished nations across the globe.



The issue is acute now because come Jan. 1 Romanians and Bulgarians will be free to work anywhere in Europe, as set out in the agreement to join the European Union in 2007. A transition period restricted access of Romanians — a bit of a euphemism for "gypsies" — and Bulgarians for seven years, and it's the restrictions that expire on New Year's Day.

Forty-six Conservative members of Parliament have signed a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding that the restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians stay in place. Britain, they said, "is full up." Francois Hollande, the French premier, decries that the "social dumping" of the poor from Eastern Europe poses "a threat to the economic and social fabric of France." Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, agrees that the "poverty migration" is causing "considerable social problems" in Europe.

The "Eurocracy" in Brussels, the administrative capital of the European Union, doesn't appreciate such back talk, even from the big mules in the union. One senior EU official, a Hungarian, says Britain is being unreasonable and risks being "the nasty man of Europe." This was not a nice or smart thing to say, and the London newspapers, even the liberal ones, scolded Brussels harshly. Jose Manuel Barroso, the chairman of the EU, lectured the British prime minister as if he were a schoolboy who had got his homework wrong. He takes "good note" that Britain wants its laws to conform to European law but the EU is waiting impatiently until Britain presents its proposed changes.

This rankles the many in Old Blighty. The prime minister promises to persuade his European counterparts to end the "vast migration" from poor to rich countries. But until that distant day he is under pressure to tell Brussels to buzz off. In a testy exchange in the House of Commons, one Tory member urged the Home secretary, the blonde, glamorous Theresa May, to find her "inner lion or inner tiger" and do what's right for Britain, and take whatever the Eurocrats dish out in fines.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, possessor of a name out of the colonial past as well as skepticism of the nannies in Brussels, says "the free movement of people is no longer working in the interests of this nation, so why does Her Majesty's government lack the political will to change the law?"

The anger transcends the usual politics of left (Labor and Liberal Democrats) and the Tories of the right. Jack Straw, the former Labor home secretary, has apologized for his government's failure to make the necessary restrictions that would have limited the great influx of Poles when Poland joined the EU in 2004. Some on the left complain that there's nobody left to praise the expensive nostrums of the runaway welfare state. "The shadow home secretary," grumbles the London Guardian, the influential journal of the respectable British left, "matches and sometimes exceeds every Tory commitment to restrict migration."

Boris Johnson, the sharp-tongued mayor of London and a rising star in the ranks of Tory politicians, is, like the French, puzzled why migration is tilted toward those who would "threaten the social fabric." At the moment, he says, "we are claiming to have capped immigration by having a 60 percent reduction in New Zealanders, when we can do nothing to stop the entire population of Transylvania — charming though most of them may be — from trying to pitch camp at Marble Arch."

Harsh, perhaps, but heartfelt.

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