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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 Nov. 14, 2005 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

‘Uno, dos, tres, catorce ...’

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Tuesday, I met one of the sharpest politicians I've ever encountered — U2's Bono, probably the first Irish rock star to meet with The San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board.

Bono shows what one man can do if he's willing to work with people who aren't his partisan allies. He doesn't hide the fact that he lives on the left side of the political spectrum. Still, he has managed to work with the most conservative Republicans by searching for common ground in his fight to end "extreme poverty" and disease in Africa. Having worked across the aisle, Bono has saved more lives than he could have by working with the left alone.

Former Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., credited Bono for turning him into an international AIDS activist. Helms had condemned foreign-aid programs as "rat holes," but after Bono appealed to Helms' Christian values, the senator proposed a $500 million increase in U.S. global AIDS funding.

A recent New York Times magazine profile notes that when Bono decided to bone up on the problems of African debt — and spearhead an effort to push American pols to cancel debt repayment — he was tutored by a Kennedy, Bobby Shriver. But Bono didn't stop there. He asked for a meeting with an academic who opposed debt cancellation.

Bono has criticized President Bush when he thought the president was not doing enough. But he also gives Dubya credit for the administration's large increases in foreign aid — which many other leftists don't want to do. In fact, Bono told The Chronicle, "I think I'm a pretty good judge of character," and as for President Bush, with whom he recently had lunch at the White House, "I really believe he has this (helping and healing Africa's poor) in his mind and heart."

Bono noted that because of a Bush push, 250,000 Africans are using the antiretroviral drugs now, when zero Africans were using them a year before. "It is an amazing thing he's pulled off. Three years ago, people would laugh openly, in your face, at the idea that we could work with the (Bush) administration on this stuff."

Overall, the Bush administration has trebled American aid for Africa. That's big. Bono is the guiding light for The One Campaign to Make Poverty History (www.one.org), with its goal of pressuring Congress to dedicate 1 percent of the federal budget to improve life in the poorest nations. He helps his cause with his practical approach. While the — all bow — international community has blasted the Bush approach to dispensing aid, One's website notes, "Approaches like America's Millennium Challenge, which directs assistance to honest governments, are the most effective."

He also sees where the policy of requiring African countries to open their markets has hurt those countries. Consider Ghana: Thanks to free trade, you can now buy American rice in Ghana. That's not good, as so-called free trade has destroyed African agriculture. Bono rightly opposes America's farm subsidies, while noting, "Europe is worse."

Bono also understands that if you want to sell the fight against world poverty, you get further selling the effort as a great "adventure," not "a burden."

So Bono has taken a cue from the right, by setting out to create an "NRA for the poor." It is his goal to change the face of politics in Washington so that members of Congress want to broadcast their votes to boost foreign aid, not downplay them.

National Rifle Association chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox noted that it took the lobby 135 years to reach 4 million dues-paying members. He figures that if Bono wants to mirror the NRA, that means he's "pretty smart."

Smart and effective. In his trademark wraparound sunglasses and a cowboy hat, he's the John McCain of the left — a man who wants to get things done, not just beat the other side.

On a recent "Saturday Night Live" episode, comedian Tina Fey quipped on the show's weekend update: "U2 lead singer Bono met with President Bush in the White House on Wednesday and urged the president to help the world's poor. The president urged Bono to get back together with Cher."

Funny joke, but what Bono and Bush have done together is save lives.

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