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December 2, 2014

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 March 14, 2007 / 24 Adar, 5767

Closing Time in the West

By Tony Blankley


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the last week two news items caught my attention. News Item No. 1: dateline Abu Dhabi — The Louvre Museum is selling the use of its name for a museum in Abu Dhabi for $520 million, and will rent out some of its art exhibits and provide technical museum management services for another $747 million.


News Item No. 2: dateline Dubai — the Halliburton Corporation is moving its worldwide corporate headquarters to the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. It will keep most of its staff in its Houston, Texas office, will maintain its legal incorporation in the United States, will remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but will list its shares on a Middle East exchange also.


Twenty years ago, even 10 years ago, these items would have given rise to Third World screeching about western cultural and economic imperialism. But today it is French and American whining that greets these moves.


Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman threatened hearings on the Halliburton move (birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, Waxman gotta threaten hearings), while Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy complained that Halliburton was somehow trying to cheat the American taxpayers (even though Halliburton is going to continue to pay its corporate taxes to the IRS — and anyway, Dubai doesn't tax corporations that site in their city. Hm? No taxes as an inducement to increased business activity — there's an idea to which Sen. Leahy probably hasn't given sufficient thought.)


Rather than hold hearings, or construct phantom conspiratorial tax evasion theories, Waxman, Leahy and their fellow ilk might consider that since Congress won't permit American oil companies to drill for the more than 140 billion barrels of recoverable oil that exists under American ground and in our coastal waters, it only makes sense for oil drilling companies to go where oil drilling is permitted.


I wouldn't blame Halliburton if it moved all its assets out of a country (that would be the United States) that slanders their good name rather than appreciates their world-class, vitally needed skills. What a pity if Waxman and his fellow anti-capitalists soon won't have Halliburton to kick around anymore.


Meanwhile, various offended Frenchmen are complaining that renting out the Louvre brand name debases the greatest museum in the world and is a national insult. In a possibly related story reported by the BBC last month, the staff at the Louvre had gone on strike, demanding a bonus for the stress of looking after the Mona Lisa and other popular masterpieces: "Attendants are demanding a bonus . because they suffer more stress. ... The stress is clearly linked to the number of visitors . What's unbearable is the constant hubbub of the crowd, especially in the really popular rooms," said a Louvre attendant who didn't want to be named.


Exactly why a person would take a job as a public attendant in the world's most visited museum if crowds of people stress him out is beyond my ken, but it probably has something to do with the singular work habits of your typical Frenchman habituated to over 1,000 years of worker disgruntlement. Perhaps they seek out jobs for which they are uniquely unfit precisely so they can complain about their job.


But if Frenchman don't like to work at the Paris Louvre, I can't help wondering how many Muslims will want to visit the Abu Dhabi Louvre. After all, most Muslims are deeply offended by representational art, which is why Islamic art is magnificent in its patterns, colors and calligraphy, but is a void when it comes to portraiture. And, in case the Abu Dhabi Louvre renters haven't noticed, Christian-European representational oils are the strongest part of the Louvre's magnificent collection. Even as a mere brand name knock-off (like Ralph Lauren putting his haute couture name on rags to be sold to fashion-hapless suburban mall bumpkins), one wonders how much cache the Louvre brand holds for your average infidel-hating Middle Easterner.


Of course, having a local Louvre in Abu Dhabi will be quite convenient for Halliburton CEO David Lesar working in nearby Dubai. But even if he and his staff are great museum enthusiasts, their patronage can't possibly support a billion-dollar museum. Still for Abu Dhabians, as it was for American tycoon widows of the 1920s, there is something pleasurable about buying up the treasures of Europe from groveling Europeans greedy for a piece of your new wealth. Europeans have been selling off — and living off — their patrimony for quite a while now. There is a lot of ruin in a civilization.


But as America is now driving its productive assets and people (such as Halliburton) away, we shouldn't be too smug. By the way, New York's Guggenheim Museum will be opening up their Abu Dhabi museum in 2012.

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