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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 Aug. 4, 2014 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5774

It's Mexico's Turn to Give Back

By Diane Dimond




JewishWorldReview.com | OK — I'm going to propose something radical. I'm sure it doesn't fit into the strict confines of how our U.S. State Department conducts foreign policy, but here goes ...

How about we ask Mexico to do us a favor for once?

Not only has that sieve of a country sat back and watched as more than a hundred thousand desperate Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans streamed through on their northward search for a safer life but they have also taken decades of generous U.S. foreign assistance without so much as a "what can we do for you?"

Well, here's what they can do for us: They can expedite the judicial process for U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, held in Mexico since the last day of March, 2014. He is due back in court in Tijuana this coming Monday, but without some high-powered attention being applied, it's unlikely he will be quickly released.

The quick backstory: As has happened before with Americans who are not familiar with U.S./Mexican border crossings Sgt. Tahmooressi (pronounced: Taam-ah-REE-see) became confused by a graffiti-laden road sign south of San Diego, California. He accidentally wound up on a road from which there was no return and went straight into Mexico.

As Phil Dunn, a veteran trial lawyer who has been advising the Tahmooressi family, explained to me, "Andrew asked the Mexican customs official if he could just turn around, that he had made a wrong turn."

A border agent told Andrew to drive forward, a bit deeper into Mexico, where Tahmooressi was asked what he had in his vehicle. He honestly told them he had just moved to California and among all his worldly possessions in the car were three legally purchased and registered guns. In Mexico, however, they were illegal.

"That was their probable cause to detain Andrew," Dunn told me during a telephone conversation.

Andrew immediately called 911 — he was still that close to the border — but he was told there was nothing California authorities could do for him since he was no longer on American soil. Mexican authorities, long incensed by American gunrunning into their sovereign territory, descended on Tahmooressi.

This two-tour veteran of the Afghanistan war has been to hell and back. A resident of Florida, Sgt. Tahmooressi had been in San Diego for less than a month, receiving specialized treatment for his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, diagnosed after his exposure to prolonged combat and a devastating IED attack on his fighting vehicle. His mother, Jill, believes the mental confusion Andrew suffers probably contributed to him taking that wrong turn into Mexico.

Since his arrest more than four months ago, Tahmooressi has surely lost any psychological ground he gained during his brief PTSD treatment.

Andrew was initially held inside one of Mexico's most notoriously dangerous institutions, La Mesa prison in Tijuana, where he says vicious prisoners threatened to kill and rape him. Tahmooressi, 25, maintains he was beaten by guards, stripped naked and handcuffed in a standing position by both his ankles and wrists. Sleeping was next to impossible. It was like he was back in a war zone again.

The Marine's mother made early contacts with U.S. media, and they produced a flurry of stories about Sgt. Tahmooressi's plight. Those stories helped win Andrew a transfer to a better prison with protective custody where he now feels safer. But media attention has faded and Mexico's legal process to determine what to do with the Marine is painfully slow. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

So, I asked attorney Dunn, how much longer might it be before the Mexican judge hearing the case makes a decision about Andrew's fate?

"We are not in Kansas anymore," Dunn said. He explained that the Mexican judicial system is different. Trials are not continuous; rather, there is one day of testimony and the next one may come weeks later. And what do officials in Washington say?



"They are very diplomatic," Dunn said. "They have told us that the secretaries of state of both nations have, 'Met face-to-face on this issue.'... But (they) just have no idea what will happen or when."

Jill Tahmooressi said, "I know (Secretary John Kerry) raised the issue on May 21. However, I would not label Sgt. Tahmooressi as an 'Issue.' I would label him an urgent, grave, serious concern." He fought and nearly died for this country, she reminds us, "and now he is being held in captivity."

This determined mother also managed to gather the necessary number of signatures on a White House petition — which is supposed to spark an automatic response from the president, but she hasn't heard a word. There's no indication that Obama has even broached the subject of the sergeant with the president of Mexico.

Look, none of this is to say Tahmooressi shouldn't have to face the music if he knowingly broke the laws of a foreign country. But just as it is here, Mexican law dictates that intent to commit a crime must be established. That's what Andrew's defense attorney hopes to focus on during Monday's hearing — that Tahmooressi, driving in an unfamiliar state, befuddled by confusing signs and his own illness, simply made a mistake.

On July 9, the last time Jill returned from visiting her son, she says a U.S. customs agent stopped her to talk. "He said, 'You know what? Last night a Mexican military (man) by mistake crossed our border — with his rifle — and we just sent him right back." The discussion left her wondering why our supposed friendly neighbor to the south doesn't return the favor.

California congressman Duncan Hunter wondered too and asked the Department of Homeland Security how often the tables have been turned.

The DHS reported that armed Mexican military troops and Mexican law enforcement officials have crossed the United States border more than 300 times since 2004 and none were prosecuted by the U.S.

Maybe it's time we stop being so nice to Mexico. Maybe it's time we withhold some of the millions of dollars in aid we send to Mexico every year. Maybe someone at the State Department ought to simply say, "Hey, the guy is an American war hero. Do us a favor; let him come home."

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