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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 Feb. 8, 2011 / 4 Adar I, 5771

Hosni and me

By Richard Z. Chesnoff





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "You Americans always want quick solutions," Hosni Mubarak once told me during an interview in Cairo. "But," he added quickly, "in this part of the world there are no quick solutions; only accommodations."

Mubarak's words ring as true today as they did when Egypt's embattled president uttered them nearly 20 years ago.

Tahrir Square's heroic and dramatic demands for democratic change in Egypt have resounded around the world. But anyone who thinks that Cairo's massive calls for freedom can lead to a rapid democratization of Egypt is dangerously naive.

For starters, outside of Mubarak's own authoritarian circle, there are no Egyptian political leaders anywhere near capable of taking the helm immediately. Mohammed ElBaradei, the nuclear diplomat who's been touted as a successor, says he doesn't even want the job. Amr Moussa, the self-promoting head of the Arab League, says he's available, but is known better for his bluster than for his democratic acumen. In fact, there are no opposition political leaders strong enough to unite the nation and win the support of the all-powerful million man Egyptian army. Indeed, with the exception of the undemocratic Muslim Brotherhood (and who in their right mind wants them in leadership?), there is not one Egyptian political party with an apparatus capable of taking control of a truly democratic Egypt or a government.

The harsh historic fact is that during its five thousand of years of existence, Egypt has never known anything close to democracy. In our own time, the Arab world's most important nation moved from a ridiculously corrupt kingdom ruled by a perverse monarch to a military revolutionary dictatorship led by a series of heavy handed army officers - none of whom brooked opposition.

Nor, for that matter, is there evidence of real democracy anywhere else in the Mideast's Muslim world. Iran's Islamofascist "republic" brutally crushes anyone who dares seek democratic reform. Syria has remained clenched in the tight fist of the same dictatorial family for 40 years, a clan that has not hesitated to use Syria's army to murder tens of thousands of people who disagreed with it. Jordan's smiling king and beautiful queen enjoy some degree of public popularity. But neither they nor the Royal Hashemite security service the king controls are prepared to yield any real democratic political power. As for the Palestinians, the West Bank's Palestinian Authority and Gaza's Hamas are hardly renowned for political freedom. Qadhafi's Libya? Algeria? Yemen? Sudan? Lebanon? Even newly "liberated" Tunisia is still in dangerous flux.

So what's Egypt's chance now for positive "accommodation"?

In my view, the best hope lies in what is already happening: a concerted transfer of presidential power from Mubarak to a trio consisting of his Vice President Omar Suleiman, the Defense Minister Mohammed Tantawi, and retired General Ahmed Shafiq, the newly appointed Prime Minister. These are the men who seem to be calling most of the shots - which this weekend included the resignation of some of the most important members of Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party, including Mubarak's controversial son Gamal.

Most important, the Suleiman-Tantawi-Shafiq trio is in the process of actively making contact with some of the most important non-governmental figures in Egyptian business, letters, science and academia in an attempt to debate and decide the wisest way forward for balance between the army and those demanding democratic reform. Leaders of some of Egypt's 24 small but serious opposition parties have already joined in these discussions in hopes of making enough progress to enable a meaningful democratic parliamentary election in September. Reportedly, the government has offered new concessions including freedom of the press, release of those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks ago and the eventual lifting of the country's hated emergency laws

And what of Hosni Mubarak? Officially he still refuses to step down from the presidency before the September elections. But at this juncture the embattled Egyptian "leader's" real power already seems limited. He may yet decide to retire to his Red Sea home at Sharm el-Sheikh or join his wife in England for an extended stay abroad - even before September. But short of that, Egypt's current ruling triumvirate will do everything in its power to ensure Mubarak leaves office with dignity. For the democratic opposition to continue to stubbornly refuse to continue negotiating until Mubarak actually leaves is self-defeating.

Egypt's pyramids were not built in a day - or even a year. Had they been, they would have collapsed long ago.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff was Senior Correspondent at US News & World Report, and is now a columnist at the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. The paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews & Committed the Greatest Theft in History" is now on sale. (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.


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