In this issue

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

Control by Muslim Brotherhood backed President set to expand

By Kristen Chick

Egyptian bill has rights advocates warning that independent civil society groups working on human rights and democratization could be put under the thumb of the government

JewishWorldReview.com |

mAIRO— (TCSM) Rights advocates are criticizing legislation proposed by Egypt's president to regulate civil society organizations, saying the law could be used to cripple organizations dedicated to documenting human rights abuses and building Egypt's nascent democracy.

President Mohamed Morsi's advisers say they took into account the strong concerns voiced by Egyptian rights groups, the UN's human rights chief, and the US about previous drafts of the law, and that the version introduced this week "aims to provide a suitable environment for civil societies to carry out their activities freely, transparently, and responsibly."

But while the president's proposal to regulate nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) removes several measures that received heavy criticism in previous drafts, it also allows a committee formed by the government to arbitrarily reject funding for civil society organizations and to interfere in organizations' internal decisions.

The president presented his version of the law to Egypt's legislative body.

Heba Morayef, Egypt director for Human Rights Watch, says she applies two key tests to measure the ability of Egyptian civil society to operate independently. "Can they get funding? Because without funding, you can't operate. Without full free access to funding, the government can pick and choose favorites," she says. "The other is to what extent NGOs are protected from executive interference in internal decision making. On both those counts, the law fails."

The draft law does not designate NGO funds as public money, as previous drafts did. That would have opened up such organizations to increased scrutiny and government interference. It also does not set forward an explicit role for the state security apparatus in overseeing the work of NGOs, as previous drafts had.

But it leaves open the possibility for the prime minister to appoint members of the security apparatus to the committee that will make decisions about the funding and registration of NGOs. Under the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak, the security apparatus often obstructed the work or registration of organizations. Civil society representatives will also have seats on the committee.


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The law requires NGOs to receive prior approval from that committee before receiving foreign funding. Rights advocates say giving a government committee control over NGO funding would allow it to cut off support to organizations critical of the government, such as those documenting human rights abuses. While there is judicial recourse, lengthy court battles will be crippling for such organizations, say rights advocates. The law also allows the committee to reject NGO efforts to raise domestic funds.

The law also requires civil society organizations to submit an annual report listing the decisions of the organization's general assembly, and gives the committee the right to reject those decisions. "This is really none of the government's business. This is all about regulating internal governance," says Morayef.

Mohamed Zaree, Egypt program manager for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, says the president's law is similar to the previous drafts that aroused strong criticism. "I consider it very restrictive toward NGOs," he said.

The president and his advisers, however, say the law would empower NGOs. In a televised speech, the president said the state does not seek to control civil society. His proposed law, he said, "enables civil society to be assured that the state will not restrict civil society organizations that work in service of the sons of the nation."

In a statement, the administration said the law "seeks to maintain the balance between Egypt's openness to the world ... and maintaining its sovereignty and independence."

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