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

J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador, murdered in Libya; Islamist extremists torch U.S. embassy in Egypt

September 13, 2012

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Yesterday Islamist extremists attacked the U.S. embassy in Egypt. Islamist radicals in Libya murdered four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, pictured above.

Prior to serving as ambassador, Mr. Stevens did...

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Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood crack down on Egyptian press

September 10, 2012

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been cracking down on journalists, targeting those who criticize the Muslim Brotherhood.

This development is a sobering indicator of Egypt’s regression toward theocracy in the year and a...

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Iran sends troops into Syria; Dems convene in Charlotte

September 5, 2012

Tonight, the second night of the Democratic National Convention, it will be interesting to hear what if any discussion there is of America’s role as leader of the world in protecting human rights. I will be listening for any...

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Exclusive: Iraqi Ally of Israel Dispossessed of his Home, he Says by Iraqi PM Maliki

August 31, 2012

From The Algemeiner

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, who in a series of recent interviews with The Algemeiner has spoken of Iran’s alleged bribery of numerous Iraqi officials, says he has received notice from the office of Iraqi Prime Minister...

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Opinion: Ann Romney at RNC Flips Obama’s Effort to Criticize Romney’s Success

August 29, 2012

From The Algemeiner

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Tuesday evening’s speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were solid and periodically inspiring. Ann Romney spoke about her husband and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the keynote.

Perhaps the most affecting moment...

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Tonight at convention, Ann Romney flips Obama team’s attempt to demonize Romney’s success

August 29, 2012

Tonight’s speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were solid and periodically inspiring. Ann Romney spoke about her husband and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the keynote.

The most affecting moment, for me, came when...

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Israel Should Not Deport South Sudanese Christians

August 24, 2012

From The Jewish Week

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Sudanese couple separated recently when she was repatriated to South Sudan. Photo credit: Avi Blecherman

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a flight left Tel Aviv carrying about 100 South Sudanese Christians to Juba, the capital of the newly declared...

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Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Alusi to Obama: Demand Assad Give Control of WMD to International Community

August 22, 2012

From The Algemeiner

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Today President Obama warned Syrian dictator Bashir Assad that “use or deployment of … weapons of mass destruction” would be crossing a “red line,” that would prompt U.S. intervention. Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal...

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Cyber-Trenches

August 22, 2012

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Alusi calls on Obama to introduce U.N. resolution demanding Syria give control of WMD to international community

August 21, 2012

Today President Obama warned Syrian dictator Bashir Assad that “use or deployment of … weapons of mass destruction” would be crossing a “red line,” that would prompt U.S. intervention. In a phone ...

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