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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 Jan. 17, 2011 / 12 Shevat, 5771

From Russia with envy, a lecture on ‘freedom’

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is bracing, not to mention annoying, laughable and obnoxious, to hear a White House press secretary lectured by a Russian journalist about the parameters of free expression American-style.

Adjectives sharpen their elbows as they vie to properly describe the Cold War-ish moment Thursday when Andrei Sitov of the state-run ITAR-Tass news agency challenged Robert Gibbs about the Arizona shootings.

According to Sitov, the assault was just an extension of American free expression, this time the "freedom of a deranged mind to react in a violent way."

Sitov prefaced his lecture with perfunctory condolences for the victims and families before opening his fire. From the outside, he said, the tragedy "does not seem all that incomprehensible."

"It's the reverse side of freedom. Unless you want restrictions, unless you want a bigger role for the government . . ."

Audacity had few competitors on this particular day. Being lectured about American freedoms by a man whose own status among the living wouldn't be so assured under similar circumstances back home was rich in ironies. It was also horribly ill-timed. A couple of time zones away, Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in the rampage just outside Tucson, was being lowered into the ground by her devastated parents and community.

Gibbs soldiered through the awkward moment with grace, reminding Sitov that people had died, that lives had been rearranged and that nothing about American values was consistent with the actions of the man accused of opening fire on citizens, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

"I think there's an investigation that's going to go on. . . . I think as the president was clear last night, we may never know fully why or how," replied Gibbs. "We may never have an understanding of why, as the president said, in the dark recesses of someone's mind, a violent person's mind, do actions like this spring forward. I don't want to surmise or think in the future of what some of that might be."

Gibbs added: "There is nothing in the values of our country, there's nothing on the many laws on our books that would provide for somebody to impugn and impede on the very freedoms that you began with by exercising the actions that that individual took on that day. That is not American."

This may have been Gibbs's best moment, as well as much-needed articulation of the freedoms we do, indeed, take for granted. Perhaps the Russian was merely toying with Gibbs, testing the limits of freedoms that wouldn't be tolerated in his own country, where journalists and bloggers are frequently maimed or killed for speaking up.

Last November, for instance, Oleg Kashin, a reporter for the daily Kommersant and also a prominent blogger, suffered fractured legs, a damaged skull and broken fingers (at least one of which was nearly ripped off) for writing something "offensive." He recently had challenged destruction of the Khimki forest for highway construction between Moscow and St. Petersburg, investigated an extremist organization and criticized a local governor.

Another Russian journalist suffered a similar fate in the spring of 2008. Mikhail Beketov, who sought to expose corruption behind construction of the same road, was beaten and left unconscious and bleeding in front of his house. Like Kashin, he slipped into a coma. And, like Kashin, his fingers had been mangled. Three had to be amputated, along with a leg. Message: Never write again.

Even though President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to punish Kashin's attackers, history suggests that won't happen. Attacks on journalists in Russia are increasing, and assailants rarely face justice, according to a report by Radio Free Europe. The Carnegie Center in Moscow reports that of 200 attacks on journalists and activists over the past 10 to 15 years, only a couple have resulted in productive investigations.

Such stories of dead and comatose journalists are surely fresh in the mind of one Andrei Sitov. Thus, perhaps he found some perverse release in speaking out against the freedoms he was enjoying in a place where he obviously felt safe. Let's hope he gets the whole story straight: In this country, the freedom of a deranged mind to act in a violent way ends in a courtroom, and those who report corruption are protected even by the state they criticize.

Thanks to the values he critiqued, Sitov was permitted his say without repercussion or threat of violence. We wish him Godspeed and good luck when he returns to Russia to report that the demented behavior of one man is never an indictment of freedom - and that most Americans understand the distinction.

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