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 June 3, 2013 / 25 Sivan 5773

Pvt. Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks trial also a test for government

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

JewishWorldReview.com |

AASHINGTON — (MCT) Army Pfc. Bradley Manning already has confessed to mishandling classified information for sending hundreds of thousands of U.S. intelligence documents to the WikiLeaks website, including reports of airstrikes that killed civilians, assessments of terror captives, and diplomatic cables. On those charges alone, he could spend 20 years in prison.

But today, the 25-year-old Army computer whiz who lost his faith in the government over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will go on trial on charges of aiding the enemy and putting American lives at risk, and for that he is facing a possible life sentence. His general court-martial at Fort Meade, Md., will place the enlistee in wire-rim glasses against the might of the U. S. government.

But in many ways, the government also will be tested in this military trial expected to last most of the summer.

The trial could prove a further embarrassment to a government that granted a low-level disgruntled Army private from a small farm in Oklahoma wide access to the nation's top secret vault and then unwittingly allowed him to compromise an estimated 700,000 state secrets.

"It's disappointing on a diplomatic level," said Donald J. Guter, president of the South Texas College of Law and a former Navy judge advocate general. "And the lack of any efficient control over the content of the material was a huge issue. He shouldn't have been able to do what he did. It's disturbing and embarrassing."

Legal experts say that government lawyers do not have an open-and-shut case because they must prove that Manning knew he was jeopardizing U.S. national security.

"The government can't win just by showing up," said Elizabeth Goitein, an expert on government secrecy and co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. "It has to prove that Manning had reason to believe his disclosures would harm national security."

While most eyes have focused on Manning and his effort to avoid a life sentence, another kind of drama has played out beyond the small military courtroom.

Just outside Fort Meade, protesters descended in support of Manning on Saturday, disembarking from eight buses from New York, Philadelphia and Connecticut. Among the planned speakers was Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistle-blower from an earlier era.

The Bradley Manning Support Network, which organized the protest, said it has raised more than $1 million on his behalf.

Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, has seized the glory of Manning's scoops while Manning has languished for three years in a military brig.

But Assange remains in a prison of his own. He has been holed up inside Ecuador's tiny embassy in London, claiming diplomatic asylum. Sweden has sought his extradition for questioning in a sexual assault case.


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U.S. prosecutors presented evidence in the pretrial phase of the Manning case suggesting a broader Manning-Assange conspiracy to steal the material for publication, and U.S. officials have weighed an attempt to bring Assange to this country on charges related to Manning.

The trial will start with opening statements from the lawyers, and then the government's case will be presented. But much of the prosecution will be held in closed session, away from the public, with testimony from two dozen government witnesses detailing classified information.

The military's new pursuit of Manning, the 5-foot-2 son of a Navy intelligence analyst, involves 21 charges, including one count of "aiding the enemy." The judge in the 12-week nonjury trial is Army Col. Denise Lind.

Among the secret material that WikiLeaks obtained from Manning and posted on its site were combat videos of civilians being killed in U.S. airstrikes, detailed logs of U.S. military patrols and government assessments of terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The release of so much material, especially unflattering diplomatic dispatches that humiliated U.S. allies abroad, incensed U.S. officials.

How damaging the material was overall remains to be seen. Prosecutors expect to provide a detailed assessment at Manning's sentencing.

In February, Manning read a 35-page handwritten statement confessing to the lesser charges but also highlighting some of his reasoning for leaking the secrets. He recalled making his decision to go public with the documents while homebound in his aunt's house during a Washington, D.C., blizzard.

After two East Coast newspapers did not respond to his queries, he turned to WikiLeaks.

"I began to become depressed with the situation that we found ourselves increasingly mired in year after year" in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. "I felt that we were risking so much for people that seemed unwilling to cooperate with us, leading to frustration and anger on both sides."

He left open the critical question: whether he knew he was harming U.S. interests and aiding the enemy.

That question, and whether Manning gets life, will be answered at trial.

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