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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 July 2, 2008 / 29 Sivan 5768

Of what use is the United Nations?

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Voting early on the morning of Election Day in Zimbabwe, the only candidate, Robert Mugabe, smiling broadly, said he was "happy and hungry for victory." In his wake are the corpses of at least 80 members of the Movement for Democratic Change and thousands of tortured and beaten opposition Zimbabweans. Among them — seen on the front page of the June 26 New York Times — is an 11-month-old boy whose legs were shattered by the "Green Bombers," Mugabe's youth militia.


Following Mugabe's Stalinesque triumph, the U.N. Security Council expressed "deep regrets" that the election was conducted "in these circumstances." That language would have been a tad more critical, but South Africa, not wanting to hurt Mugabe's feelings, objected to describing the elections as "illegitimate."


On the very day before, hospitals in Harare, the capital, were overflowing, as there weren't enough doctors. Some hospitals, responding to threats by the military, refused to take any more victims of torture.


Not at all surprisingly, the U.N. Human Rights Council has yet to even put on its agenda Mugabe's extended version of the Nazis' "Kristillnacht" that presaged the Holocaust, when the world also declined to intervene.


As the June 25 Times of London reported, Mugabe the Liberator of his country crowed: "Other people can say what they want, but the elections are ours. We are a sovereign state, and that is it."


The United Nations insists that the sovereignty of its members — even those who terrorize their own people — is inviolable. Savoring that guarantee, Mugabe declared during his solo "campaign": "We will not accept any meddling in Zimbabwe's internal affairs, even from fellow Africans."


Among the millions of Zimbabweans abandoned by the world are the survivors — in Chitungwiza, 18 miles south of Harare — of an attack on a home that was a refuge for Movement for Democratic Change members. Said one of them, 57-year-old Georgina Nyamutsamba, in a June 27 Washington Post report: "There are so many boys buried in (nearby) Warren Hills Cemetery, killed by Mugabe. Please help us suffering in Zimbabwe. What can we do?"


One of the owners of that refuge, Annastasia Chipiyo, has given up any hope of deliverance from Zimbabwe's Liberator. She says: "I have nothing to fear. I've just lost my son" — one of the four murdered in the June 17 attack on her home. She has nothing left to lose. Untold numbers of Zimbabweans are also frozen in hopelessness.


Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, withdrew from the run-off election because he did not want to add to the broken bodies of his supporters, saying in the June 25 The Guardian newspaper in London: "Zimbabwe will break if the world does not come to our aid."


Tsvangirai has called on the United Nations to send peacekeepers to Mugabeland to clear the way for the new elections so that he could campaign as a "legitimate candidate," for whom Zimbabweans can vote without putting their very lives in danger.


But if the United Nations were to do more than express "deep regrets" and only impose more economic sanctions on Mugabe and his primary accomplices, that would hardly cause fear in the Hitler of Africa. Though well-intended, Queen Elizabeth's ruling on June 25 to strip Mugabe of his 1994 knighthood — Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Bath — must have been derisively received by the cashiered knight. You think he cares?


Sarah Childress of the Wall Street Journal has been covering this satanic "election" — that has shamed Africa and the world — with consistent accuracy. "Mr. Mugabe," she wrote on June 26, "has long disregarded what the world thinks of him. Unless Mr. Mugabe is pressured by his African counterparts, there is apparently little diplomats can do to sway him."


Will the African Union expel Zimbabwe, as Mugabe is strangling that nation? What actions will now be taken by the Southern African Development Community, which Childress describes as "the most powerful international (economic) actor in Zimbabwe's drama?"


How about military intervention, if all else fails, by Zimbabwe's African leaders, an increasing number of whom are dismayed and repelled by Mugabe's literally getting away with murder? Even the revered Nelson Mandela had, at long last, conquered his acute desire not to criticize another former freedom fighter against European colonizers. (The white rulers of Rhodesia kept Mugabe in prison for 10 years before he was out, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe.)


Celebrating his 90th birthday at a dinner in London, Mandela faced the naked, barbaric truth, and said there is "a tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe. He didn't speak the dreaded name, but the message was clear. Maybe Mugabe, on hearing Mandela's irreverence, shrugged.


To be continued: Are there specific, realizable answers to Zimbabwean Georgina Nyamutsamba, mourning "so many boys buried ... killed by Mugabe?"


"What can we do?" she asks. Will there be no reply except more deep regrets — and the impossibility of first having to get permission from U.N. Security Council members China and Russia to actually intervene with armed forces?

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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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