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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

Obama administration pushing forward with India-style nuclear pact for Saudi Arabia

By Howard LaFranchi




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mASHINGTON— (TCSM) The Obama administration is quietly moving ahead on the groundwork for a possible civilian nuclear trade agreement with Saudi Arabia — an agreement that could prove to be the most controversial of a string of such US deals in recent years.

The US plans to hold what State Department officials are calling "exploratory talks" in Riyadh this week to gauge Saudi objectives behind their interest in a civilian nuclear deal. The US also wants to explore whether the Saudi government would accept restrictions to ensure its nuclear fuel is used purely for civilian purposes, according to congressional sources.

The US has recently concluded civilian nuclear trade deals — or so-called "123" agreements — with India and the United Arab Emirates and is in advanced discussions with countries including Jordan, Vietnam, and South Korea.

But Saudi Arabia's interest in such an accord has raised intense suspicions, particularly in the US Congress.

"There aren't many countries you could come up with where people would be more energized in opposition to this kind of cooperation than this one," says one House staffer who was informed on the administration's planned talks, but could speak only on condition of anonymity, due to the fact that the talks have not yet been made public.

"It's an unstable country in an unstable region, and — fairly or unfairly — people think 9/11 when they think of Saudi Arabia. It would be an extremely hard sell," said the staffer.

The State Department first announced Saudi Arabia's interest in gaining access to US nuclear technology for "medicine, industry, and power generation" in May 2008. US-Saudi relations have become considerably rockier since then, and some regional experts say it is important to keep that in mind when considering why the administration is proceeding with exploratory talks now.


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"Remember, the administration is responding to the Saudis' request for these talks," says the House staffer. "This is a test, especially for the Saudis, of where our relations are at the moment."

Sensitivities to Israeli concerns about a nuclear-endowed Saudi Arabia are one reason. But perhaps even more worrisome is the Saudi kingdom's deepening regional rivalry with Iran. Recent published comments by one member of the Saudi royal family suggested that, if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia would be forced to go the same route.

One question for this week's talks is whether Saudi Arabia would be open to forswearing any right to nuclear fuel enrichment or reprocessing, according to congressional sources that could speak only on condition of anonymity, due to the fact that the talks have not yet been made public. That would, in effect, mean that Saudi Arabia would be committing to use for the nuclear fuel it would receive purely for civilian power.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) accepted nonproliferation commitments in its 2009 agreement with the US — no domestic uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing rights. The State Department henceforth declared this the "gold standard" for such agreements.

But earlier this year the State department appeared to step back from that declaration and deemed such nonproliferation commitments desirable but not absolute requirements.

Word of the Riyadh talks — the administration is required by law to inform Congress of advances in nuclear-trade deals — comes as Congress considers legislation that would complicate the approval process for nuclear pacts that do not include strict nonproliferation provisions.

A House bill co-sponsored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) of Florida and Howard Berman (D) of California calls for affording preferential treatment to 123 agreements that include provisions like those accepted by the UAE. The bill would also make it easier for Congress to block agreements without such commitments.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday she was "astonished" the administration "is even considering" nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia. She said the idea made passage of her bill all the more urgent.

"This proposal is a compelling argument for quick passage of … the bipartisan legislation I have co-authored to give Congress a direct role in approving nuclear cooperation agreements that are now determined almost entirely by the executive branch," she said in a statement.

The administration has said it opposes the legislation. The State Department concluded earlier this month that the bill would make the nuclear-cooperation accords less attractive and would thus limit "our influence over others' nuclear programs."

Indeed, one of the concerns the administration will have to consider is that a Saudi Arabia spurned by the US may look elsewhere for nuclear technology. But congressional experts say even a Saudi commitment to accept nonproliferation controls is not likely to budge Congress in favor of a nuclear accord.

"it would make it easier, but it would still be extremely difficult," says the staffer. "You can't change the basic objections to Saudi Arabia no matter what you do."

Information about the talks next week first leaked out of a teleconference that US Ambassador to Riyadh James Smith held with US business leaders earlier this month, according to congressional sources.

Ambassador Smith reportedly told the conference that preliminary talks would begin soon, and that led officials on the Hill to begin inquiring with the State Department.

The US will assess the Saudi positions that come out of the talks before determining whether to launch formal negotiations. According to one Senate source, the US would also consult with Israel before any formal decision to conclude a nuclear deal with the Saudis.

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