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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review August 3, 2009 / 13 Menachem-Av 5769

Held hostage in North Korea

By Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For nearly five months, two American journalists have been held hostage by the government of North Korea. Most Americans, it seems, couldn't care less. The abduction of the two young women — both married, one the mother of a small daughter — hasn't evoked one-tenth of the passion that followed the death of Michael Jackson or the arrest of Henry Louis Gates. Why aren't we up in arms over this abuse of our fellow-citizens? Why is there no deafening hue and cry for their release?

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two reporters for San Francisco-based Current TV, were seized by North Korean guards on March 17. They were on assignment along the country's border with China, investigating the plight of North Korean refugees and human trafficking victims. North Korea has a history of abducting innocent foreigners, then using them to extort bribes or propaganda concessions from the West. So there is every reason to doubt its claim that Ling and Lee illegally crossed the border, let alone that they freely confessed to "criminal acts" or to planning a "smear campaign" against North Korea.

In June, Ling and Lee were convicted in a closed trial and sentenced to 12 years at hard labor. They have been held since then in an unidentified detention center — two more pawns to be used in Pyongyang's never-ending shakedown of the United States. Washington has responded quietly. There has been no public condemnation of North Korea's thuggish behavior, only a request that the women be granted "amnesty" and set free. At the State Department's insistence, a mild congressional resolution urging the release of Ling and Lee was withdrawn by its sponsor, Representative Adam Schiff of California. It is presumably also in deference to State's wishes that Current TV and former Vice President Al Gore, the cable channel's lead backer, have declined to comment publicly on the case.

Is this "softly, softly" approach really the best way to deal with the demented totalitarians who rule North Korea? Some behind-the-scenes payoff to Pyongyang may bring Ling and Lee home, but it will also, inevitably, pave the way for a fresh outrage, followed by renewed extortion, down the road.

But even if a case can be made for quiet diplomacy — American officials may worry that expressing official anger too loudly will only drive up the price of the women's freedom — what excuse do the rest of us have?

Perhaps it would help to be reminded of the nature of the regime in which Ling and Lee have been trapped since March. Here is a taste of it:

"A Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly executed last month for the crime, South Korean activists said yesterday."

So began a recent Associated Press dispatch from Seoul noting the death of Ri Hyon Ok, a 33-year-old mother of three. According to the Investigative Commission on Crime Against Humanity, a South Korean human-rights coalition, Ri was accused of organizing dissidents in addition to practicing Christianity. As is routine in North Korea, punishment was meted out to her entire extended family: The day after Ri was executed, her husband, children, and parents were all thrown in prison.

Kim Jong Il's Stalinist dictatorship may be the most evil regime on the planet today.

Quite apart from its aggressive international provocations — in recent months North Korea has tested a nuclear bomb, launched ballistic missiles, threatened to "wipe out" the United States, and renounced the armistice that ended the Korean War — its domestic human-rights abuses are beyond horrendous. Political and economic freedoms are nonexistent, North Koreans are banned from leaving the country, and virtually every aspect of daily life is ruthlessly controlled by the state.

Worst off are the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans trapped in Kim's horrific slave-labor gulag. Inmates in these slow-death camps — to which men, women, and children are sent for such "crimes" as complaining about living conditions or neglecting to dust the dictator's picture — are routinely murdered through starvation, torture, or brutal forced labor. The few refugees to have escaped report unspeakable horrors: Pregnant women killed and their fetuses fed to dogs. Children impaled on hooks and dangled over a fire. Whole families used as guinea pigs to test chemical weapons. And more.

In the hands of the savages who preside over such malignance are two American women, journalists arrested while giving voice to the voiceless. Laura Ling and Euna Lee deserve better from their countrymen than apathy and inattention. Do something to help them: Spread the word. Sign a petition. Attend a vigil. You can start at LauraandEuna.com.

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