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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 July 12, 2010 / 1 Menachem-Av 5770

From Australia to America, the Concerns Are the Same

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SYDNEY — Even in a country without land borders, border security is a big issue, as asylum seekers — many from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan — have braved the Indian Ocean to reach Australia's shores.

The issue is of such importance that Prime Minister Julia Gillard used her first big policy speech Tuesday to announce a change in her Labor Party's immigration policies. Thus Gillard marked a sharp departure from the policies of former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whom Gillard deposed last month.

President Obama should take notes on Gillard's rhetoric. An astute politician who sees the need to move her party toward the center, Gillard understands how to talk about the issue in a way that doesn't demonize people whose votes she may well need.

Human rights attorney Julian Burnside had challenged her to admit that at the present rate, "it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG" — the Melbourne Cricket Ground — "with boat people."

That's true, Gillard responded. She then took issue with Burnside's dismissal of critics of Rudd's policies as "rednecks" for showing "a fundamental disrespect that I reject."

While Obama essentially was declaring war on Arizonans and branding them as racial-profiling zealots, Gillard defended the motives of asylum critics. She objected to the politically correct notion that those anxious about immigration should be presumed to be racists, and even noted that many would-be Aussies are drawn to the continent because of the "rule of law."

The first and last time I was in Australia, August 2001, then-Prime Minister John Howard — of the Liberal Party, which despite its L-word name is the conservative party — refused permission for a freighter carrying 438 Afghan refugees to enter Australian waters. Howard introduced a policy called, "the Pacific solution," which called for processing of asylum seekers offshore. It was a pivotal moment that contributed to his 11-year leadership tenure, and, observers believe, discouraged illegal immigration and lethal boat expeditions.

When Rudd beat Howard in 2007, the Labor leader rejected the Pacific solution and removed barriers to would-be boat people. Over time, Rudd's "tough but humane" approach played poorly in the polls and contributed to his demise as Labor leader.

Enter Labor's new immigration policy. As a sop to the left, Gillard resumed the processing of Sri Lankan refugees, but Gillard also promised to deport Afghans who do not qualify as asylum seekers. "If people are not found to be refugees, I am committed to sending them home," the prime minister announced as she declared war on human smugglers.

"There is nothing humane about a voyage across dangerous seas with the ever-present risk of death in leaky boats captained by people-smugglers," Gillard explained — which is what conservatives argued during the Howard years.

Gillard went so far in copying Howard's "Pacific solution" that she proposed setting up processing centers, albeit centers run by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, outside of Australia — in East Timor.

Big problem: She forgot to clear the plan with East Timor first. Thus the new plan — notable for its lack of planning — smells like a shoddy stunt. If she had been serious, critics note, she would have laid the groundwork for her proposal with the host country.

Conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott dismissed Gillard's proposal as "a pre-election political fix." He told The Australian newspaper, "I do not believe that a re-elected Gillard government will go ahead and build a processing center in East Timor."

East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta seems to agree. Or as he said of Gillard's scheme, "What plan?"

If in charge, Abbott says that he would turn back the boats. He also advocates refusing asylum to applicants who have destroyed their documentation to discourage them from faking refugee status.

It's always fascinating to watch the same disputes that divide America as they play out in other lands. Australia has its own idiosyncratic geographic issues, but it shared the American left's conceit that conservative immigration policy was mean, while the left's immigration agenda was humane.

That's where the Obama administration is. Rudd was stuck in that gear, too. Under Gillard, the same Australian Labor Party that argued that the right's policies were inhumane bowed to politics and chose to co-opt Howard's Pacific solution. It must be frustrating for Aussie conservatives to watch the Labor prime minister embrace the humanity of their reasonable positions in her own slipshod fashion. It also is frustrating to watch Obama refuse to understand why Americans, like citizens of any affluent country, want border security.

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