Blog

My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

After Monsey, it’s time to say Jewish lives also matter

January 8, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From Jewish News Syndicate

Identity politics and talk about “white privilege” are helping set the stage for hate crimes, particularly in New York.

A horrific attack on the Jewish community in Monsey, N. Y., took place on Saturday, the...

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Former Iraqi parliamentarian says most Iraqis support Soleimani assassination

January 8, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From Jewish News Syndicate

Mithal al-Alusi says most Iraqis “are very happy” about the assassination of IRGC Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Mithal al-Alusi, former Iraqi parliamentarian and a longtime friend of Israel, said in a...

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Mayor de Blasio: Jewish Lives Matter, Too

December 30, 2019

by Heather Robinson

A terrible attack on the Jewish community in Monsey, New York took place Saturday night, the seventh evening of Chanukah, when a machete-wielding assailant entered and began wildly stabbing worshippers during a crowded holiday celebration in a...

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Israelis Support Iraqi Youth

November 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

In a far-ranging phone interview last week, retired three-term Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi spoke to me about massive popular uprisings in Iraq, Iran’s interference in his country’s government, and Israel’s support for...

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Lessons From Tree of Life One Year After Synagogue Massacre

October 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From the New York Post

Sunday will mark one year since the Tree of Life massacre, the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history.

It’s a day to reflect on the lives so brutally taken, and on the need for vigilance...

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Debate #3: Democrats Imitate Donald

September 15, 2019

by Heather Robinson

The gloves came off toward Joe Biden in Democratic debate #3, which featured a group of 10 candidates who qualified based on polling and unique donor numbers, winnowing the field. Personally, I missed the antics of New Age guru Marianne...

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A Plea This Tragic Week: Unite Us

August 6, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Terrible, tragic weekend in America, as 22 Americans died in the El Paso massacre, and two dozen more, including children, were injured. In Dayton, Ohio, a shooter killed nine people and injured at least 27 others. These incidents followed a...

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Democrats on Stage Tonight – Good Luck!

July 30, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Ok, I stink at headlines.

And the Democrats pictured above probably aren’t tonight’s lineup. ‘Cause I stink at tech stuff.

Still. I have a sense of humor, something increasingly rare in today’s cultish environment. Let’s...

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Controversy aside, ‘Green Book’ is a film worth seeing

July 25, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From Fox News

Despite this week’s controversy swirling around the personal lives of some of its creators, “Green Book” remains among the year’s best films, and worth seeing for its essential message.

Last Sunday the film took...

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Dem Debate #2: Brainy Buttigieg Prediction Bears Out

June 28, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Yesterday I speculated as to whether President Trump felt any of the Democratic 2020 hopefuls was a threat, and noted that the only one he’s nicknamed – aside from frontrunners “Sleepy Joe” Biden and Bernie “Nutty...

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