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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

Resentment toward US seen building in Egypt

By Edmund Sanders






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JAIRO — (MCT) An undercurrent of anger against the United States appears to be building here because of what many see as the Obama administration's overly cautious response to the demands of protesters for the resignation of longtime U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak.

Anti-American sentiment in Egypt has percolated just below the surface in Egypt for years, exacerbated by the 2003 invasion of Iraq and Washington's steadfast support for Israel.

While the current level of public antipathy remains relatively low, anti-U.S. placards have been popping up amid the anti-Mubarak posters in the streets. And some seeking an end to Mubarak's three decades of rule are quick to cite what they see as American hypocrisy.

"They are just waiting to see which side wins and then they will claim to have backed them all along," said Amin Iskander, an official of the El Karama party, an opposition group.

Two years ago, President Barack Obama chose this influential Arab capital as the setting for a landmark speech, reaching out to the Muslim world and calling upon Arab regimes to respect the "will of the people." In previous years, President George W. Bush made a series of calls for increased democracy in the Middle East.

Cairo resident Said Samir, 26, was among those inspired by Obama's words. But on Monday, Samir was questioning the president's sincerity in a situation where the public is fed up with a man it sees as an autocratic ally of America.

"If America really cares about democracy, why aren't they behind us?" asked Samir, who spent Sunday night in Tahrir Square with hundreds of other protesters. "The U.S. went to Iraq and Afghanistan because they said they wanted to bring democracy, but their policies are unfair. If America keeps backing this regime and not the revolution, the people in Egypt will be very angry."

Tariq Abbas, 50, an engineer also ignoring the overnight curfew, warned that Egyptians won't forget soon how, in his opinion, the United States has not lived up to its own rhetoric about democratic values. "America is going to pay a big price for supporting Mubarak."

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the former U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency chief who in recent days appears to be gaining support, has likewise warned Obama to not be the last one calling for Mubarak's resignation.

"You are losing credibility by the day," he told CBS News on Sunday. "On one hand, you're talking about democracy, rule of law and human rights, and on the other hand, you're lending still your support to a dictator that continues to oppress his people."

After Friday's violent clashes with police, many protesters angrily held up tear-gas canisters that had been fired at them, pointing to the "Made in the USA" labels. The devices are part of the more than $1 billion in economic and military aid that the U.S. provides for Egypt.

Scattered among the protest signs in the downtown square, some in broken English, are slogans such as, "USA don't involve, We will get our (democracy) with our will. Play ur games with the tyrant."

The Obama administration is well aware of the risks to the Mideast's stability that it faces in the unfolding crisis. American diplomats say that as a result, they are struggling to strike the right balance in tone and action.

Washington is wary of simply abandoning a predictable partner like Mubarak, who has long been a key Mideast partner in fighting Islamic extremism and keeping peace with neighbor Israel. Yet to some American officials, the situation is reminiscent of Iran in 1979, when U.S. support for the hugely unpopular shah backfired, resulting in the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and the rise of a fervently anti-American government that remains firmly in control.

"They're just trying to be neutral to prevent things from getting out of hand," said Azza Abdulfadl, a science professor at Benha University. "There needs to be a plan. If Mubarak just quit today, it would take us into chaos."

Yet many think the careful modulation in statements by U.S. officials — at times having called Mubarak's rule "stable" while also calling for an "orderly transition" — have made American policy appear "fickle and insincere," said political analyst and journalist Hisham Kassem. "The risk is that the U.S. will lose a lot of its influence in the region."

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