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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 Sept. 27, 2009 / 9 Tishrei 5770

Obama is wrong on Chavez wannabe

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As I write this column, Manuel Zelaya, the Hugo Chavez wannabe who the Obama administration wants to install as president of Honduras over the objections of the overwhelming majority of its people is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigulpa.


In an interview with the Miami Herald published Thursday, Mr. Zelaya claimed he is being tortured by "Israeli mercenaries" who are attacking him with radiation beamed through the embassy's walls.


Mr. Zelaya sounds as if he is a few tacos short of a combination plate. His bizarre statements make President Obama's support for him all the more puzzling and despicable.


Mr. Zelaya was elected president of Honduras in 2005, and wanted to serve a second term. But the Honduran constitution permits the president to serve only a single term.


Mr. Zelaya thought he had a way around that. He'd hold a referendum on changing the constitution. But referenda to change the constitution may be proposed only by a two-thirds vote of the Honduran Congress. The Attorney General ruled Mr. Zelaya's proposed plebiscite illegal, and the Honduran Congress voted to bar the printing of ballots for it.


So Mr. Zelaya had ballots printed in Venezuela, but these were seized when they were brought into Honduras. The crisis reached its head June 25 when Mr. Zelaya organized a mob to take the ballots from where they were stored on a military base. The Attorney General asked the Supreme Court for a warrant to arrest the president on a charge of treason, which a unanimous Supreme Court granted.


The Army executed the warrant the morning of June 28, and the Honduran Congress voted 122-6 to approve the arrest. Roberto Micheletti was selected by Congress to replace Mr. Zelaya until a new president is elected Nov. 29.


But the Army made a mistake. Instead of jailing Mr. Zelaya pending a trial for treason, the Army put him on a plane to Costa Rica. This is what prompted erroneous reports he had been ousted in a coup.


It was no coup, our Congressional Research Service said in a recent analysis. The Army was acting on a warrant issued by the Supreme Court at the request of the Attorney General, which was supported by an overwhelming majority of the Honduran Congress. The Army immediately turned power over to a civilian selected in a constitutionally approved manner. It was Mr. Zelaya who had attempted the coup.


President Obama has joined Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez into trying to bully Honduras into restoring Mr. Zelaya to power. The president has imposed economic sanctions on the tiny democracy — a step he is only now contemplating with regard to Iran — and though the administration has granted a visa to a Burmese mass murderer, the State Department is denying visas to Honduran democrats. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that even if the elections Nov. 29 are free and fair (as everyone expects them to be) the U.S. will not recognize the victor. With Mr. Zelaya back in Honduras inciting violence (but attracting only a few thousand supporters in a country of 7.5 million) and making asinine statements that call his sanity into question, the sanity of U.S. policy toward Honduras is ever more sharply being called into question.


The reputation among his supporters that Barack Obama has for being a really, really smart guy is based chiefly on the first of his two autobiographies, "Dreams From My Father," published in 1995, which admirers and critics of Mr. Obama agree is beautifully written.


I received a lot of hate mail last fall when I wrote a column about Jack Cashill's suspicions that Mr. Obama received substantial help in writing the book from former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, a neighbor in Chicago's Hyde Park.


In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," celebrity journalist Christopher Andersen writes that at Michelle's urging, Barack did solicit help from Mr. Ayers.


"In the end, Ayers' contributions to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant," Mr. Anderson said, "so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers' own writing."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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