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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.

Christian Africans in Israel, Despite Illegal Status, Claim Alliance, Ask for Better Treatment

July 31, 2012

From The Algemeiner

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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This summer, Israel’s government has undertaken a policy of detaining Africans who are illegally residing in the Jewish State, holding them in immigration centers, and deporting them.

The first to be deported are Southern Sudanese...

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Romney in Israel Sunday: “We must lead” in preventing Iran nukes

July 30, 2012

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Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on a visit yesterday to Israel’s Western Wall, struck a Churchillian note with a call for moral clarity that is long-overdue.

He talked tough about reigning in Iran’s...

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Is Obama a socialist or not?

July 25, 2012

“Is Obama a Socialist or Not?”

That is the question that Rock Cellar Magazine’s “Both Sides Now!” section tackles in the current issue. The ‘pro’ side is written by my friend Julia Gorin. Here is...

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Israel deports African Christian Zionists; activist: “There is no justification for putting families in prisons”

July 18, 2012

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Shocking news out of Israel as it is being reported that Israeli officials have begun arresting what are expected to be tens of thousands of Africans residing in the Jewish State, and deporting them to detention camps.

The first to be...

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Champion Lance Armstrong has always defied the odds

July 10, 2012

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The U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) has picked a fight with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Bad move.

Taxpayer-funded bureaucrats have lined up former teammates to strike deals in which they anonymously accuse...

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Democracy Takes Time, Even in the Middle East

June 27, 2012

From The Algemeiner

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Last week’s Wall Street Journal ran a sobering piece by Bret Stephens about the disappointing results of democratic elections in Egypt the previous weekend. It’s true that democracy’s defenders have lately been mugged by reality.

On...

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Nora Ephron, a writer for all seasons, dead at 71

June 27, 2012

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A few thoughts on the death, last week, of screenwriter, journalist, essayist, film director, and playwright Nora Ephron at age 71. Nora Ephron defied the conventional wisdom that you can only do one thing well in life.

Born into a...

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Democracy is not a panacea – but with real commitment, it is a possible future

June 19, 2012

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Last week’s Wall Street Journal ran a sobering piece by Bret Stephens in about the disappointing results of democratic elections the previous weekend. It’s true that democracy’s defenders have lately been mugged by...

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Up up and away with JICNY

June 14, 2012

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Last night I was fortunate to attend the yearly gala for Jewish International Connection New York (JICNY). Founded by Gavin and Jodi Samuels and Steve Eisenberg, the organization holds over 200 free and low-cost events a year and provides a...

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Calling out Jewish self-haters

June 13, 2012

Interesting piece in today’s Jerusalem Post about self-hating Jews. Of particular value is the psychologist’s perspective in the piece that, just as an abused child will sometimes internalize the abuser’s...

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