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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 January 14, 2008 / 7 Shevat 5768

Is your pension fund supporting genocide?

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With an extremely rare bipartisan unanimity, the House and Senate passed a bill that is the strongest financial pressure yet on the savage government of Sudan to end its genocide in Darfur. On Dec. 31, the president signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act. As he had previously pledged, "not on my watch" would he be silent on the next Rwanda, after the world had done nothing to stop the mass killings of Africans there.


This law mandates that companies doing business with the federal government must certify that they are not doing any with the government of Sudan. As the Washington-based Genocide Intervention Network, a key in getting this law passed and signed, point out:


"The U.S. government has millions of dollars of contracts with...companies that support the genocidal regime in Sudan. A ban on renewal of federal contracts with those companies (would also) increase pressure on (other) foreign companies that fund the genocide."


Moreover, this act making Sudan even more of a pariah government would, the Associated Press reported (Dec. 31), permit "state, county and municipal officials to adopt measures to divest their government investments (including pension funds) in the four sectors that provide vital revenue for Sudan's government — oil, power production, mining and military equipment."


Also affected are such huge investment funds as Vanguard and Fidelity. There is a pointed slogan of the Save Darfur Coalition (encompassing more than 170 organizations): "Is your mutual fund funding genocide?" Maybe now more Americans will demand answers.


The president signed this acutely humanitarian legislation despite opposition in his administration. For example, there was the stunningly clueless statement by the State Department's Elizabeth Dribble, principle deputy assistant for international finance and development: "We have serious concerns about attempts to apply new sanctions on the government of Sudan now at this moment. It would send the wrong message to the regime at a time when it is actually being helpful with peace talks and with the African Union/U.N. peacekeeping force."


Sudan President Gen. Omar al-Bashir has been so "helpful" that as of Jan. 1, only 9,000 of the promised 26,000 members of that force are in place due to the continued obstructions of al-Bashir, who has not in the least disarmed his murderous Janjaweed militia. And the force is badly underequipped.


Bush, however, has taken internal resistance to this legislation into account. In a signing statement accompanying the law, he reserved his authority to overrule any state or local divestment decisions that conflict with his administration's foreign policy. "The constitution," he warned, "vests the exclusive authority to conduct foreign relations with the federal government."


But as the president monitors local and state divestments under this new law, he will himself be monitored by an insistently watchful array of such groups as the Save Darfur Coalition, the Genocide Intervention Network, American Jewish World Service, Dream for Darfur and others. As a number of them emphasized in a joint statement:


"The people of Darfur cannot afford an empty law on the books, which is why the president must vigorously enforce this critical legislation."


Also on Dec. 31, the Bush administration — in a move that is far more rhetorical than meaningful — called on the chronically duplicitous al-Bashir and the conflicting, sometimes murderous rebel groups "to observe a complete and immediate ceasefire" so that the combined U.N. and African Union force can engage in "full and expeditious deployment."


That won't happen for months, if ever, as the genocide goes on.


And, as useful as the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act can be, al-Bashir's crucial economic dependence on China continues. For one of many examples, the tireless historian of this genocide, Eric Reeves, notes in The New Republic (Dec. 18):


"Of the 500,000 barrels of oil Sudan produces every day, China imports roughly two thirds. ... It's no wonder the Chinese have been so keen on funneling money — some $10 billion — into Sudanese oil infrastructure projects like pipeline construction, all-weather road building, and exploration rigs."


That's why the international pressure by human rights groups on corporations investing in this summer's Beijing Olympics must continue in order to place deep shadow of China's support of murder and rape on those games that China so depends on to demonstrate its innate decency to the world.


Also, since the nations of the Arab world are so indifferent to the atrocities against the black African Muslims in Darfur, isn't it time for economic pressures on those governments? Doesn't Islam insist that all Muslims — of whatever color or ethnicity — be treated as equal members of the faith? To begin with, where is the rescuing voice of Saudi Arabia?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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