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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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

U.S. Attorneys Rally in Support of Pakistani Brethren

By Heather Robinson


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The steps of the New York County Courthouse in downtown Manhattan were a sea of black and white Tuesday as hundreds of New York City attorneys gathered in support of their counterparts in Pakistan, thousands of whom have been arrested in recent days under General Pervez Musharraf's imposition of martial law. Similar rallies are set to take place across the country from Washington D.C. to Seattle this week.


Speakers at the New York rally included Ali Ahsan, the son of Aitzaz Ahsan, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, who is currently jailed. The younger Mr. Ahsan, formerly of the New York City law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton, spoke in urgent tones of the plight of thousands of Pakistani lawyers presently incarcerated.


"My father is in confinement, and my mother has warrants out for her arrest," said Mr. Ahsan. "But at least my parents get some mention in international media. Thousands of Pakistani lawyers do not have the bright light of international media shining on their individual cases."


Barry Kamins, president of The New York City Bar Association, a co-organizer of the rally, expressed grave concern for the physical well-being of the Pakistani lawyers and judges.


"We are learning that at least some of these lawyers are being mistreated, perhaps tortured," he said.


Following his public remarks, Mr. Kamins told a smaller group of listeners that he had received an e-mail from students at Lahore University expressing appreciation for the New York City attorneys' solidarity.


He said the students had written to him of violence.


"Their e-mail said, 'Riot police stormed our courthouses and brutalized thousands of lawyers and students'" he said.


Kathryn Grant Madigan, president of the New York State Bar Association, quoted Act 2 of Shakespeare's "Henry VI," in which one character, during an exchange on how to overthrow the government, says, 'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,' explaining the Bard's meaning was that lawyers are targeted first in attempts to destroy the rule of law in a society.


Following the speakers' remarks, this reporter asked Mr. Ahsan if there is any legitimacy to the concern that if Gen. Musharraf were to step aside, Islamic extremists might seize power.


"To me, that [idea that only Gen. Musharraf can contain the rise of Islamist extremism in Pakistan] is ridiculous scare-mongering," he said. "Musharraf['s approval rating] is at 21 percent. The only ones less popular are Islamists. Pro-democracy forces would sweep a fair election." He believes the U.S. is squeamish about pushing for such an election because of the "messy democratic process" it would entail, but says he personally believes such "messy" democracy-as exists "in Spain, or Poland" is the only way to achieve long-term goodwill toward the U.S. and nurture free societies.


Mr. Ahsan also spoke about the violence, and the importance of standing with the Pakistani legal community.


"The most vivid image in my mind is the [Pakistani] police beating people," he said. He analogized the efforts of lawyers to defend civil society in Pakistan and worldwide to recent efforts on the part of Burmese monks to stand up for human rights.


"The black coat is our saffron robe," he said, referring to the Burmese monks' attire and the white shirts and dark suits, the typical outfit worn by Pakistani lawyers, that organizers have urged lawyers to wear to this and other U.S. demonstrations.


On Wednesday, lawyers and judges organized by the American Bar Association will rally in Washington D.C. at 11:30 am in front of the James Madison Building, and then encircle the Supreme Court in support of Pakistan's legal community. Also on Wednesday morning, attorneys and judges in Seattle will gather downtown.


At the New York rally, which seems to have been the first, about two hundred lawyers were gathered on the steps in the chilly, sunlit afternoon.


"I think it's great that there were so many middle aged men here - those are not your typical rally-goers," said Jessica Neuwirth, a lawyer in private practice and president of Equality Now, an international women's rights organization. "That shows how deep the support is in New York for the legal community in Pakistan."


The attorneys present spanned a broad range of age, race, and specialty from corporate to nonprofit law. Many spoke of attending the rally as an expression of solidarity with fellow lawyers and of the importance of principle over politics.


"It's irrelevant if we're liberals or conservatives," said Dora Marta Gruner, an associate at Debevoise and Plimpton, a corporate firm. "It's an issue of supporting lawyers in another country in upholding the rule of law."

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