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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 June 1, 2010 / 19 Sivan 5770

Four Very Beautiful Ugly Americans

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am rarely accused of being overly sensitive to other cultures, and I've had my share of disagreement with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Yet even I was offended at the decision to center the plot of "Sex and the City 2" on an all-expenses-paid vacations to Abu Dhabi for New York's famed four best friends. The sequel's racy material was considered so objectionable that the Islamic emirate wouldn't let filmmakers work there, so the crew had to shoot in Morocco.

The setup is just plain irritating. The four iconic New York friends — 40-something and 50-something Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte — are supposed to be smart survivors who thrive in a scratch-your-way-to-the-top world. They are too old not to understand the notion of hospitality and the corresponding responsibility of visitors to behave as respectful guests.

They should understand that you don't trot around an Islamic nation flashing leg and baring cleavage with a Cosmo in hand. You don't engage in foreplay in a public restaurant in front of frowning locals. And by the way, the most effective way to show solidarity with one's sisters in the Middle East should not be wearing short shorts at the souk.

Wikipedia describes the epithet Ugly American as the term for "loud, arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless and ethnocentric behavior of American citizens mainly abroad." "SATC2" — as the trades call it — has a new message: It's OK to be an Ugly American — if you're beautiful.

The universal expression "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" apparently does not apply if you are chic and from Manhattan.

As the United Arab Emirates has opened its doors to international tourism, there have been news stories about the clash of Western women, barhopping men and sharia law. In 2008, a British couple was arrested in Dubai for drunkenness and having sex on a public beach.

The "SATC" sequel's plot seems, as they say, ripped from that headline and then topped with a feminist rant.

As an American woman, I have many issues with countries that make their women cover their bodies and also limit their legal rights and movement. But when you are a guest in a country, you should show respect for the customs of your hosts, whether you agree with them or not.

As an HBO series, "Sex and the City" never was a particularly tasteful show. The series' emotional glue was supposed to be the special bond between four single women, but their true love clearly was for conspicuous consumption. As a movie, their materialism befits the big screen. Watching "SATC2" was like watching a very stylish fashion catalog for two and a half — yes, two and a half — hours.

Everything looked great — starting with the same-sex wedding in an adorable Connecticut venue jazzed up with a decked-out men's chorus in a ceremony presided over by Liza Minnelli. But then, every "SATC" location has to shout "Filthy Rich." Otherwise, it's not special.

In that spirit, the sequel ends with no Carrie Bradshaw revelation about how disrespectful it was for the ladies to think that their designer clothes gave them carte blanche to misbehave in other people's homeland. It ends with the series' great sanitizer — jewelry.

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