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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

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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

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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 Oct. 13, 2005 / 10 Tishrei, 5766

One less Better in Europe

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | See how low Our Betters in Europe have fallen.

Remember how highbrow European politicians had all those yuks berating that intellectually challenged hick George W. Bush? They aren't laughing it up now.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has lost his bid for re-election. Odd, how such a sharp, sophisticated fellow oversaw Germany's highest unemployment since World War II.

In 2002, Schroeder's justice minister charged that President Bush was beating the Iraq war drum to "distract attention from his domestic problems." Actually, it was Schroeder who tried to curry favor with Germans by bashing Bush to distract them from his domestic problems. The ploy, alas, couldn't work forever.

True, Christian Democrat Angela Merkel, the lead vote-getter in Germany's Sept. 18 election, saw her huge lead in the polls tank at the ballot box. So she had no choice but to cut a deal with Schroeder's Social Democratic Party that awarded them with key cabinet posts. It's also true that Schroeder lost his chancellor's hat and likely will leave the government.

French President Jacques Chirac thought he had French ratification of the proposed European Union constitution in the bag. He was so confident that he brought the measure before French voters in May.

The shrewd Chirac could not have been more wrong: Some 57 percent of the French voted "non" — even though former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing headed the committee that drafted the document.

So the anti-Bush EU has had to kiss its new constitution au revoir and auf wiedersehen.

Chirac later lost to London the bid for Paris to host the 2012 Olympics. No surprise there: The French love affair with the transportation strike would threaten any Olympic planning. It also may have hurt the French that two voting members of the International Olympic Committee were Finns — which is important, because they voted shortly after Chirac delivered these bon mots about the British: "We can't trust people who have such bad food — after Finland, it's the country with the worst food."

See how the French-German condominium is crumbling.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero did thrive by opposing Bush on Iraq in the wake of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. His election was considered a rebuke of the then-governing, pro-Bush Popular Party. But now, for the first time since the Madrid terrorist attacks, Agence France-Presse reports that Zapatero's Socialist party is running behind the Popular Party in the polls. A paltry 31 percent of those polled have a "good" or "very good" impression of Zapatero.

Yes, things are looking up for Bush supporters abroad. Despite opposition to the United Kingdom's role as a top ally in Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was re-elected this year.

At this year's G8 Summit in Scotland, Schroeder and Chirac tried to push Blair to hit Bush harder on the issue of the Kyoto global warming treaty. Sorry, chaps. Blair is moving in the other direction. Last month in New York, the prime minister said he was "changing his thinking" on Kyoto.

After Bush won re-election in 2004, the London Mirror ran a headline that asked: "How Can 59,054,087 People Be So Dumb?" The Guardian waged a campaign that had readers send letters to residents of Ohio's Clark County urging them to vote for John Kerry. The county switched from Democratic to Republican.

During the 2004 race, supporters of Kerry argued that America should elect a president who has better relations with European leaders — by which he meant Chirac and Schroeder. A year later, Our Betters in Europe are losing battles with their own electorates. They're so clever, yet somehow stupid is spreading throughout Europe.

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