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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 4, 2007 / 18 Sivan 5767

Giving voice to the dissidents

By Jeff Jacoby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When President Bush addresses the Conference on Democracy and Security in Prague Tuesday, his audience will comprise some of the world's most indomitable champions of democracy and freedom.


Several of them the president already knows, including Natan Sharansky, the renowned former Soviet refusenik; Vaclav Havel, the one-time political prisoner and former Czech president; and Chol Hwan Kang, author of *The Aquariums of Pyongyang*, a memoir of his years in the North Korean gulag. Many of the others, who will be coming from Egypt, Russia, Syria, Belarus, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority, Kosovo, and Iran, Bush will be meeting for the first time.


But he has spoken to all of them before. In his second inaugural address, Bush vowed to make the promotion of freedom and democracy the mainspring of American foreign policy. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you," he pledged.


To the unfree world's dissidents and rebels he directed particular encouragement: "Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are — the future leaders of your free country."


Bush's freedom agenda got off to a remarkably fast start. Iraqis by the millions voted in fair elections. Lebanon's "Cedar Revolution" forced an end to Syria's long military occupation. Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak agreed to face opponents on the next presidential ballot. A campaign for women's suffrage was launched in Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, for the first time, held elections for municipal officials.


The result was what many began to call an "Arab Spring" — not without astonishment at the blossoming of democratic reform across so much of the Middle East. The Independent of London doubtless spoke for many when it asked, in a striking Page 1 headline: "Was Bush Right After All?"


Alas, the "Arab Spring" ended almost as fast as it had begun. From the seizing of journalists in Libya to the aggrandizement of Hezbollah in Lebanon to the canceling of elections in Egypt, regimes that had begun opening doors to liberty and democratic reform slammed them shut once more. And not only in the Arab world: Freedom and the rule of law retreated in such countries as Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and Russia, too. Increasingly embattled at home after Hurricane Katrina, Bush focused less and less on the promotion of liberty abroad. The freedom agenda ever since has been little more than a memory.


But when Bush speaks to the dissidents and democratic activists assembling in Prague this week, he has the chance to breathe new life into that agenda and recommit his administration to the pursuit of human and democratic rights. He may never have a more perfect opportunity to restate the case for moral clarity in the conduct of international relations — and to explain why linking those relations to the advance of democracy and civil rights is a prerequisite to lasting peace and security.


For Sharansky, who is co-hosting the conference along with Havel and former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, the Prague gathering is a dream come true. During his years as a Soviet dissident and political prisoner, Sharansky was always acutely aware of the lack of communication between leaders in the West and the dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. "I believed that if only we could make our case directly," he told me last week, "the free world would be much stronger in its confrontation with the Soviet Union."


In the 1970s and 1980s, "realists" believed in appeasing Moscow and ignoring dissidents, whom they saw as too weak to make a difference in Soviet policy. They didn't understand that the best way to undermine a totalitarian regime is to weaken the control it exerts over its subjects — and the best way to do *that* is to amplify the voices from within calling for freedom and democracy.


President Reagan, who did understand, labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and put Moscow's treatment of dissidents and refuseniks high on the international agenda. As Sharansky and co-author Ron Dermer explain in The Case for Democracy, their 2004 best-seller, the Kremlin eventually caved under the pressure that resulted.


What worked in the Cold War will work in the conflict with radical Islam, Sharansky insists, if only the free world will support the beleaguered human rights and democracy advocates in Iran and the Arab world. "If President Bush will say clearly to democratic dissidents in the Middle East, 'You are our partners, and we are going to work through you' — that would strengthen their position tremendously."


Our strongest weapon against the global jihad, says Sharansky, is that people prefer to live in freedom, not fear. "Help those people who are fighting for it from within," he pleads. "That is the most important thing."

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