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

G-8 meeting will test NSA leaks' effect on U.S. influence

By Don Lee

JewishWorldReview.com |

LASHINGTON — (MCT) On the surface, President Obama would seem to have a strong hand as he heads to the annual Group of 8 economic summit. Instead, the meetings today and Tuesday seem set to provide the first test of how much his administration's international agenda has been complicated by revelations of U.S. surveillance of telephone use and the Internet.

The issues that dominated the last several economic summits have receded in advance of the meeting, which will be held at a gorgeous golf resort in Northern Ireland. The U.S. economy, though hardly robust, is leading the West, and Obama's persistent arguments that Europe's austerity policies would backfire have proved mostly right. With fiscal belt-tightening, the Eurozone is in its second year of the second dip of a double-dip recession.

But the publicity given to the U.S. eavesdropping has suddenly emerged to complicate the summit as well as Obama's scheduled visit to Germany immediately afterward.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is hosting the two-day summit of the Group of 8 industrialized nations, has made trade — specifically a proposed U.S.-European Union free-trade deal — the economic centerpiece of the meeting. But even before Edward Snowden leaked secrets about the National Security Agency, the trade pact was tied up in intense discussions between U.S. and European negotiators on data privacy standards, crucial for the financial services and information industries.

Europe generally has stricter rules on online data collection and retention than the United States. And for historical reasons, Germany is especially sensitive about government spying on its citizens.

Now, those already complex issues have become more central to the discussions and have taken on a much higher profile.

"I think it will form a large component" of the G-8 discussions, "largely because, though considered allies of the United States, European countries were labeled foreigners by the NSA and deemed legitimate targets for surveillance," said Michael Geary, a fellow on European studies at the Wilson Center in Washington.

"The NSA snooped on all member states of the European Union," Geary said, adding that he expects European officials will be seeking answers on how much information was collected and how the data were targeted.

Obama's deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, acknowledged that the Europeans will have questions on American surveillance, given their interests in privacy and civil liberties. But the point of these NSA programs, he said, was to thwart terrorist plots, and he suggested that the U.S. had acted with cooperation from European governments.

"All of these countries at the G-8 are important counter-terrorism partners," Rhodes told reporters at a briefing Friday. "And together, we've worked with them on an intelligence and security relationship to foil terrorist attacks in the United States and in Europe."


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Nonetheless, privacy is a politically potent issue in Europe, particularly in Germany. After news broke of the NSA activities, Germany's justice minister said that "the suspicion of excessive surveillance of communication is so alarming that it cannot be ignored."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to express her concerns Wednesday when she meets with Obama in Berlin and may do so privately during the G-8 as well.

Merkel can use the issue not only to pursue European goals about data security, but also to deflect pressure from Obama. The U.S. administration would like countries with large export surpluses, particularly Germany, to consume more to help boost demand for U.S. goods.

"She's going to have an easier ride because of privacy issues," one European diplomatic official said about Merkel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Germany's reaction to the spying activity reflects its memories of the former East Germany's notorious secret police, but data privacy is also a top concern in Nordic countries and the European Parliament as a whole. In the months before the Snowden leaks, European officials had been working to update the EU's data protection rules, which already are stricter than those in the U.S.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, a 30-year-old German member of the European Parliament, has been pressing for stronger regulations on the collection and processing of individual online data for EU citizens no matter where the tech companies are based or where their servers are located.

"It has an influence for sure," Albrecht said of Snowden's leaks. The news showed how much the issue turns on private firms, not governments, he said. And it strengthens the view that "there should be minimization of data collection, and it should be for a fixed purpose, and personal data should be deleted" as promptly as possible, he said.

"Will there be a common transatlantic standard which gives individuals control of personal information?" Albrecht said.

Before the latest revelations, Albrecht and his supporters were largely seen as extreme, but not anymore, said Fredrik Erixon, director of the Brussels-based European Center for International Political Economy.

Like other analysts, Erixon says it remains to be seen how much the Snowden affair affects the transatlantic free-trade talks, but there is no doubt some effect will be felt.

"Privately the Europeans will be extremely vocal about their concerns on this, and it will be — it will have to come out in Berlin," said Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

"This issue actually could be a major stumbling block," she said. "This has raised some important questions."

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