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December 2, 2014

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 May 22, 2007 / 5 Sivan, 5767

Terror-free candidates

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | News item: "Presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John Edwards, who have spoken out about genocide in Darfur, did not know their financial holdings included investments in companies doing business in Sudan, aides said Thursday."


The AP wire story picked up by a number of publications last Friday said the two campaigns responded as if they had been handed hot rocks. "An Edwards campaign spokesman said the former Democratic senator from North Carolina would sell thousands of dollars of Sudan-related funds. 'He did not know about it and will divest.' " For the Giuliani campaign's part, spokeswoman Maria Comella was quoted as saying, "The mayor was unaware of this connection, but is taking it very seriously." She added that Mr. Giuliani and his staff would review his portfolio and "ultimately take appropriate action."


As it happens, two other presidential candidates narrowly averted being caught with a similar political, as well as financial, liability: Sens. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, and Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican. Their disclosure reports revealed they had recently divested the stocks of companies doing business with the genocidal, Islamofascist, slave-trading, weapons of mass destruction-proliferating and terrorist-sponsoring regime in Sudan.


The same AP story indicated "Obama placed the total value of his divestitures at $180,000." Mr. Brownback was even more politically exposed since he was "among members of Congress who [last year] wrote 44 governors to urge them to divest their employee pension funds from businesses linked to Sudan."


These presidential wannabes may soon have company. Business Week reported May 18: "The federal Office of Government Ethics wants former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain to open up their blind family trusts because they were not set up under the agency's standards. That means that the trusts, created so that elected officials could avoid conflicts of interest between their financial holdings and their official acts, will now be in plain sight for the public — and the candidates — to see."


In other words, we may shortly know whether all of the first-tier candidates have been investing — presumably, inadvertently — in companies partnering with one of the most odious governments on the planet. It seems likely all will feverishly reposition their portfolios to do as Messrs. Obama and Brownback have already done: Invest Sudan-free.


While they are at it, these would-be leaders of the Free World would be well-advised to demonstrate their leadership on another, related front: They should instruct their portfolio managers to ensure they are investing terror-free — not just from Sudan, but from three other U.S. State Department-designated state-sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria and North Korea.


As it happens, in recent months, virtually all the leading contenders have publicly espoused one form or another of terror-free investing. They are responding to a rising alarm in Washington and in a growing number of state capitals (including those of Missouri, Florida, California, Ohio and Louisiana): Investments in companies that provide financing, know-how, technology and services to the regimes in Tehran, Damascus, Pyongyang — as well as Khartoum — are providing significant cash-flow, and life-support, for our enemies.


Unfortunately for Messrs. Giuliani and Edwards, the funds that recently embarrassed them over Sudan are also invested in one or more of the other state-sponsors of terror. For example, the seventh-largest holding in Mr. Giuliani Vanguard Wellington Fund is Total SA. The French oil giant is identified as one of the "Dirty Dozen" by the Center for Security Policy's Terror-Free Investing initiative (www.DivestTerror.org). Total makes a point of doing extensive business in U.S.-sanctioned countries that are therefore off-limits to its U.S. competitors.


The fact Mr. Edward's portfolio has been invested in the American Europacific Growth Fund means he has owned several other Dirty Dozen companies, in addition to Total. These include: BNP Paribas, Oil & Natural Gas, Ltd, Petrochina and Siemens.


It is likely that, when the other top contenders' blind trusts are made public, they too will have invested in terror-sponsoring regimes' business partners. There is nothing illegal about holding such investments in portfolio. Nor are the mostly foreign-owned companies doing business in Iran, Syria, North Korea and Sudan violating their respective countries' laws.


To the contrary, most of their governments strongly support such activity, often going so far providing political risk insurance and other inducements to operate in or with these pariah states. (Rep. Brad Sherman, California Democrat, holds a hearing this week on the possible exposure of the U.S. counterpart program, the Overseas Private Investment Corp. [OPIC], to similar underwriting.) Since many of these are very profitable companies, they are favored by fund managers for international investment vehicles and diversified portfolios.


For this reason, the embarrassment now felt by investors who also are presidential candidates could have a very positive up-side. By now making the politically necessary divestments of all terror regime-related stocks, they can help impel wider terror-free investing initiatives by state pensions, other institutional funds and private citizens and thus deny our enemies vital cash-flow. In so doing, the would-be leaders and those they hope to lead can finally bring to bear a formidable — and potentially decisive — financial weapon in this War for the Free World.


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