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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

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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 March 18, 2005 / 7 Adar I, 5765

We can't stand by and do nothing

By Lenore Skenazy


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Usually I glance at reports about the Darfur genocide the way I glance at ads for "CSI: New York." "Ugh — mangled bodies," goes my mind. "This I don't need." So, in the case of "CSI," I boldly take action. I click off the TV.

In the case of Darfur, however, what is there to do, besides feel bad? And since it feels bad to feel bad, usually I just put it out of my mind. But then, I happened upon a picture of a 3-year-old Darfur boy dead in his bed. His brother, age 5, was too bloodied to show. And STILL I could have managed to ignore the whole thing, except that then my rabbi gave a sermon about a national four-day Darfur letter-writing campaign.

Writing letters sounded pretty lame, but it sounded pretty easy, too, so I called up the coalition behind the gig, Save Darfur. Here are the three things I learned from its coordinator, David Rubenstein:

First: Yes, there is a war going on in Darfur. The government is bombing its own villagers, by helicopter. The government's allies, a group called the Janjaweed, kill the villagers, too, in horrible ways.

Second: The ways. (Feel free to skim this just to get the gist.) The Janjaweed don't just murder. They also tie men to trees and make them watch as they — the Janjaweed — rape the men's wives and daughters. Then the Janjaweed brand everyone in the family, "usually with a machete," says Rubenstein. The Janjaweed also have been known to throw dead livestock — and children — into a village's wells. This poisons the water. The Janjaweed also toss infants into bonfires as their mothers watch. They also —

Third: Enough. You get the picture, so here's what you can do: Join Save Darfur's "100 Hours of Conscience." Through Sunday, you and I are asked to write letters to Congress and the President urging them to "Do something!"

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Do what? "The President can solve this by calling the Chinese leadership," contends Rubenstein. China is Sudan's main oil purchaser, so if it demanded reform, Sudan would shape up.

I'm not convinced that's all it would take, but it couldn't hurt. So ask President Bush to ask China to use its influence. Then ask your representatives to press Bush to do so, too. (Names and addresses at savedarfur.org.)

The killing continues in large part because so little pressure is being put on Sudan. In part, that is, because so little pressure is being put on the free world's leaders. And in part that is because you — and I — have yet to pressure them.

To drop a lifesaving note is simple. Almost as simple as turning off "CSI."

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