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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

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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 Dec. 7, 2007 / 27 Kislev 5768

The more Russia changes . . .

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The latest election results out of Russia are more Russian than ever, more's the pity.


The latest czar had no problem arranging a victory that would have made old Mayor Daley or Boss Crump look like a piker. The outcome was so forgone a conclusion that the usual European election monitors didn't even bother to show up. Besides. Vladimir Putin's regime had delayed granting them visas for so long they were denied a chance to witness all the preparations for the big show.


Even from this distance, it was clear the vote was rigged: State-run television kept any real opposition off the air. The only real democrat in the runner, chess champion Garry Kasparov, was thrown into jail for a spell after he dared lead a demonstration. There's freedom of assembly in Russia, all right, just not freedom after assembly.


Bribery, coercion, the whole repertoire of tricks all conspired to make these rubber-stamp results inevitable. The coronation of Vladimir I went off without a hitch.


Most disheartening of all is the realization that Vladimir Putin, familiar KGB type that he is, probably didn't have to go through all this trouble to arrange his party's landslide victory in these parliamentary elections. The results reflected the ingrained Russian preference for authoritarian rule, however crushing, over unruly freedom with all its uncertainties. With all precincts across Russia's 11 time zones duly reporting, Czar Vlad's ruling party collected some 64 percent of the vote.


The distant runner-up was the Communist Party, another outfit not known for any excessive attachment to freedom. It got 11 percent of the vote.


A couple of parties allied with Comrade Putin's brought up the rear. The democratic opposition was completely shut out, failing to win the 7 percent of the vote required for representation in the Russian parliament.


None of this should surprise in a country where the most popular former ruler, with the possible exception of Ivan the Terrible, is probably Josef Stalin — not exactly anybody's idea of a Jeffersonian democrat.


The returns from Russian-occupied Chechnya had a distinctly Soviet touch: Comrade Putin's party won 99.4 percent of the vote in an election in which 99.5 percent of the eligible voters were supposed to have participated. (The other 0.5 percent are probably a head shorter by now.) Josef Vissarionovich would be proud.


Inescapable conclusion: The more Russia changes, the more Russian it remains.

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