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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 25, 2012/ 3 Iyar, 5772

Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While the world fixates on the latest gasbagging and saber-rattling from globally sanctioned but ever-defiant North Korea and Iran, we are focusing today on another escalating nuclear-age crisis -- one that never had to be.

Make no mistake. We don't underestimate the potential for evildoing by the world's self-actualizing bad guys: Pyongyang's Kim Jong Un, who this week vowed "special actions" against South Korea; or Tehran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose government just announced it is building a copy of a captured U.S. spy drone.

But we are looking behind the scenes at a less strident, but potentially more probable crisis: Russia's vow to answer NATO's planned Europe-based missile shield with new rockets on its European borders.

After years of on-again, off-again diplomatic dealings with Moscow, NATO plans to announce its first missile-defense deployment steps in its May 20-21 summit in Chicago. The first step will reportedly include stationing radar facilities in Turkey and on U.S. Navy vessels in Spain.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that if that happens, Russia will station missiles near the borders of Lithuania and Poland unless it receives legal and binding guarantees that the missile shield won't be directed against Russia.

NATO officials have said a formal, legally binding assurance can't be provided to Russia because NATO nations' legislatures were unlikely to approve such an internationally binding measure. NATO has emphasized that its shield is a defense against missiles that might someday be launched by Iran or others in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, U.S. experts analyzing the latest plans for NATO's shield have sounded at least two warning calls. The first came in a study done last year by a Pentagon advisory panel. The U.S. Defense Science Board warned that the radar planned for the new NATO system needed to have greater range to be effective. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency rejected that analysis.

Perhaps more importantly, a report by the Government Accountability Office, a respected nonpartisan analysis arm of Congress, warned in 2011 that in the rush to deploy the project, the interceptor missiles had not been properly tested. "DOD is at risk of incurring schedule slips, decreased performance and increased cost," the GAO reported. Defense officials said they generally concurred and were working to remedy the testing problem.

Russia's concerns about the Europe-based missile shield were as predictable as an eastern sunrise. Yet U.S. administrations failed to lay the groundwork for handling the missile-defense project in a way that could have made it a win-win for all participants.

Experts, including former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., have long warned that Russia's radar facilities were in need of major improvement. Nunn made a compelling case that improving Russia's ability to properly detect an incoming threat -- and avoid false warnings -- was of the highest interests to Europe and the United States, as well as Russia.

A classic reminder of this occurred after the fall of the Soviet Union. On Jan. 25, 1995, during the regime of President Boris Yeltsin, Russian radar officials detected what they believed was a missile launch from off the coast of Norway, where U.S. submarines were known to be. It seemed to be headed toward Russia. Kremlin officials had just 15 minutes to decide whether this was an incoming attack and whether to launch missiles to retaliate. They didn't believe the U.S. would launch a one-rocket attack, so they didn't push the button. The threatening "rocket" turned out to be a launch of a Norwegian weather balloon.

That is why the planned NATO missile shield needed to be approached from the outset as a combined NATO-Russian effort. It represented, and still represents, an opportunity to help Russia improve its radar capabilities, an effort that can help safeguard us all.

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Previously:


04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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