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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review Feb. 22, 2011 / 18 Adar I, 5771

No time for Pollyanna and more euphoria

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The outline of what's happening in the Middle East may not be as dim as the dimmest among us thought. The news is good only if reality gives the dimbulbs a shot of something stronger than more euphoria.

Turmoil in Libya, much of it aimed at Muammar Gaddafi, looks like good news, but only if a prudent man doesn't look too close. Gaddafi denies he ever ran away, but his son appears to be more or less in charge. Junior quickly revealed himself to be quite the junior partner, cheering if not actually complicit in the Libyan bombing of Libya. Not the way to win friends and influence anyone.

Junior vows that the old man and his security forces will fight "until the last bullet," but this sounds like the Arab bravado we always hear just before quitting time. Some Western observers in Libya are not impressed, figuring that when you start bombing your own capital the end must be near. "But I think Gaddafi is going to put up a fight," says Julien Barnes-Dacey of the London-based security consultants Control Risks. "Libya, more than any other country in the region, has the prospect of serious violence and outright conflict."

The insurgents celebrated in the streets of Benghazi, the second-largest Libyan city, and al-Jazeera, the sometimes reliable Middle East television news agency, reported that government planes had strafed demonstrations in Tripoli. Two protesting Libyan pilots flew their French-built Mirage fighter-bombers to Malta and sought asylum. A London-based opponent of the Gaddafi regime, who says he is in close contact with insurgents in Libya, hailed this as good news. "We're all hoping," he says. "If we take control of Tripoli, it means he's out. We are worried about the foreign mercenaries. We don't know how many of them are in the country."

There's a lot that all of us don't know about what's going on in Arabia, but experience teaches that most of it probably isn't good. Pessimism, not optimism, must be the drug of choice in Western capitals. Despite high spirits over the hijinks in Cairo a fortnight ago, there's dawning recognition that the losing rogues in the struggles from Tunisia to Iran might not be very different from the rascals who appear to be winning. There's an overpowering flavor of radical Islam in the lamb stew.

A coalition of Muslim leaders in Libya, who don't sound like either pious Social Democrats or harmless Episcopalians, issued a declaration that all Muslims have a duty to struggle against Gaddafi and his cohort. The evil-doers in the government, says the grandly named Network of Free Ulema of Libya, "have demonstrated total arrogant impunity and continued, and even intensified, their bloody crimes against humanity. They have demonstrated total infidelity to the guidance of Allah and his beloved Prophet (peace be on him). This renders them undeserving of any obedience and support, and makes rebelling against them by all means possible a divinely ordained duty."

The leader of the al-Zuwayya tribe south of Benghazi, which controls many of the nation's most productive oil wells, threatens to cut off production to Western countries within 24 hours unless the "authorities," whoever they are, stop the oppression of the insurgents. Some of this is the usual big talk from one-eyed fat men, but the price of crude jumped $4 a barrel on the news.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — who outranks Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the designated blabbermouth who usually makes the threats to drown the United States and Israel in vast lakes of fire and brimstone — says the protests across the region are "Islamic" despite friends of Pollyana who insist otherwise. "The enemies try to say that popular movements in Egypt, Tunisia and other nations are un-Islamic," he told a conference of Muslim scholars meeting in Tehran. "But certainly these popular movements are Islamic and must be consolidated." It's necessary to remove the United States from influence in the Islamic world, he said, and now is the time to get on with it because "the country's arch-foe is weak."

You can't blame the Islamic wise men for thinking so. The Obama administration appears to be befuddled and divided, and only last week its two top intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee they weren't sure what to make of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but not to worry, they seemed like good enough guys. More euphoria like this is supposed to make us all feel good.

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