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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 July 11, 2013/ 4 Menachem-Av, 5773

Edward Snowden's Just Rewards

By Bob Tyrrell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dante Alighieri was the 13th-century Florentine author whose "Inferno" apportioned his sinners' suffering in hell to their vices committed on earth with delightful affect. For instance flatterers are mired in human excrement. Traitors are frozen in a lake of ice. Now Margaret Thatcher's distinguished British biographer, Charles Moore, updates Dante by heaving the wretched Edward Snowden into hell.

Moore writes that "it will be entirely fitting if Edward Snowden spends eternity in a Moscow airport lounge." I might add that the airport lounge is a transit lounge with Snowden transiting from the free world to absolutely nowhere, all under the watchful eyes of the Russians' Federal Security Service, the modern equivalent of Communist Russia's KGB. Snowden supposedly worries about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and, of course, the National Security Agency. Let him sound off to the officers of Russia's Federal Security Service, and they will teach him a lesson in human rights. By the way, is it possible that he really entered Russia with four laptops containing top secret American intelligence, and no one in the Russian intelligence community has politely asked him to let them see his laptops under penalty of having his arms broken? Frankly this is another absurd aspect of Snowden's absurd adventure.

On the other hand, if he is shipped off to Venezuela, as has been reported, it will be fitting, too. There this ignorant modern-day Daniel Ellsberg will be hosted by the phony human rights defender, President Nicolas Maduro, whose government desperately fights to control the flow of information worldwide to the Venezuelan public by taking over cable television, hounding the remaining independent press and, most ironic of all, spying on his citizens' telephone calls. Venezuela is a human rights mess. Ecuador is a human rights mess. Bolivia is a human rights mess. These are but three of the countries in which this lunkhead seeks refuge. How odd.

The world of Snowden is like no world I have ever imagined. For that matter, so is the world of Julian Assange and his bizarre contrivance, WikiLeaks. In a recent public letter to the president of Ecuador, Snowden wrote that the United States system of surveillance is "a grave violation of our universal human rights." Whose system of universal human rights is he talking about? What are those rights? Who enforces them? Do they include the right to freely exchange ideas, say in Venezuela or, for that matter, in Russia? Do they include the right to freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear? Those would be the four freedoms that Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt deposited into the Atlantic Charter as universal goals before World War II. They sound very nice, but even today they are not universal rights. Try practicing any one of them in areas held by the Taliban or the North Koreans or any of a dozen other regimes that have attracted the vigilant eyes and ears of the CIA, the NSA and other Western intelligence eavesdroppers.

I do not mean to say that a free society has no reason to fear government intrusion into our freedoms. Certainly the administration's excesses at the Internal Revenue Service are a matter of grave concern and require further investigation by Congress and the media. As for the NSA's system of surveillance, we need to remain vigilant. Yet the NSA is not eavesdropping on law-abiding Americans. It is listening for hints of terrorist activity. It has been remarkably successful in thwarting the bad guys and ought not to be hindered by Snowden, Assange and the other twits that are out there. To return to Snowden, let us hope he is remanded to American custody and that our government can discover how he got access to all that information that he is now traveling the world with on his four laptops. Then, I say try him for treason and put him in a proper prison until he is taken by a divine authority to hell.

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