Blog

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

How blessed we were – and are

January 16, 2012

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It’s become a cliche to say that our nation needs a unifier. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. On this Martin Luther King day, I’ve been thinking about Dr. King’s legacy as a unifier.

How easy it is, in this...

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What Women Want — Really

January 12, 2012

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Ah, the eternal question: What do women really want? (Hint: It’s not a vacuum cleaner or thigh master.) Here are twelve things we actually do care about. Feel free to take notes!

1. Henry Kissinger had it wrong — power can be...

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Go Steelers! (and Tim Tebow)

January 8, 2012

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Today, the Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Denver Broncos. And yes, I know Tebow plays for Denver.

Normally this is a political blog, and I was all set to write about the Republican candidates’ debate earlier tonight, when a...

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Why Iowa matters (though we’re not sure yet for whom it will matter most)

January 4, 2012

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With Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney neck-in-neck in the wee hours on Wednesday, looks like the Iowa caucus is up for grabs. At the moment, 18 votes separate these men. Can’t wait to see what’s being reported later this...

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Iran’s Threat to Close Strait of Hormuz: Bluff to Influence U.S. Presidential Election?

January 2, 2012

From Jewish World Review

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Last week, as many Americans took to the skies and roads to visit with family and friends for the New Year’s holiday, the Islamic Republic of Iran unleashed a torrent of threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping channel...

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U.S. headed for showdown with Iran? This commentator has another theory

December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Iran’s navy chief said that the Islamic Republic could close the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping channel vital to transporting one third of the world’s crude oil, adding that doing so would be “very easy” for his...

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Alusi says, U.S.: “Don’t be the power to help Tariq al-Hashemi; speaks of precarious times for middle east Christians

December 25, 2011

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In the aftermath of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and with upheaval in middle eastern nations from Egypt to Syria, Christians are more vulnerable than they have been for decades.

This Christmas Day I spoke with my source in Iraq,...

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My meeting with Newt; other impressions from the RJC candidates’ forum and last debate

December 22, 2011

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Covering the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidates’ forum a couple weeks back, I had the (brief) opportunity to meet Newt Gingrich (pictured above with his wife Callista, South Dakota Senator Dan Lederman, and...

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Sharansky calls for support for reformers; Alusi cautions U.S. troop withdrawal a blow to human rights in Iraq; Havel, champion of democracy, dies

December 18, 2011

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The Washington Post just ran this thought-provoking piece on the Arab Spring by former Soviet dissident refusenik and Israeli Parliamentarian Natan Sharansky. As I wrote last spring, Recent upheavals across the mideast from Egypt to...

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Newt spoke some truth – and blindsided the rest

December 12, 2011

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One additional thought about Newt Gingrich’s citing, during the Republican candidates’ debate Saturday, facts regarding Palestinians’ historical identity and U.S. funding of hate education in the Palestinian territories. It...

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