Blog

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

South Sudan President says new nation will place its embassy in Jerusalem

September 12, 2011

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The Sudan Tribune recently reported that Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of the newly formed nation of South Sudan, told visiting Knesset member Danny Danon that the future South Sudanese embassy in Israel will built in Jerusalem. He also...

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Thoughts on a 9-11 anniversary interview with Rudy Giuliani

September 10, 2011

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This morning I read Steve Forbes’ interview of Rudy Giuliani, who recalled his experiences and reactions on September 11. It is lengthy, but very worth reading. You can read it here.

For those not familiar with his actions that...

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Wanted: A unifier for the nation

September 2, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Incivility toward Tea Party embarrasses us all

Last month, during a forum for the unemployed in her home state, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said, “the Tea Party can go straight to hell,” adding, “And I intend to help them get...

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Good news, bad news: Jewish groups granted lion’s share of area’s federal security funds

September 2, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

The Department of Homeland Security last week announced the allocation of $19 million for 2011 to non-profit institutions deemed vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The allocations were made as part of its Nonprofit Security Grant Program...

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Tea party reflects nation’s health

September 2, 2011

From Pittsburgh Tribune Review

by HEATHER ROBINSON

During a forum for the unemployed in her home state this month, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., announced that “the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell,” adding, “And I intend to help them get...

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‘Sign here!’: Petition effort launched against likely unilateral Palestinian statehood bid

August 31, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Sign here. That is what Jewish organizations across the country are asking people to do in e-mails and up-close-and-personal appeals in advance of next month’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly. In this area,...

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Economy taxes agency resources: ‘Second wave’ of needy feared as nation’s financial picture worsens

August 25, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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In the wake of the economic downturn three years ago, many people in our area turned to local Jewish social service agencies for help, according to those agencies’ directors. Last week, as stock markets seesawed wildly, those same...

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Iraqi human rights champion to Obama: stop Iran before it’s too late

August 17, 2011

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Mithal al-Alusi, human rights leader and former Iraqi Parliamentarian, contacted me last weekend to convey his thoughts about the dire situation for proponents of human rights and liberal values in Iraq. He also urged President...

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Triathlon Tribute: Bergenfield resident races to honor slain compatriots

August 7, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Yitzhak Zahavy is competing this Sunday in a grueling sports event because he can. He can, he says, because three of his comrades gave their lives to save his. He is competing to honor them.

Zahavy, who was born in Rhode Island, moved to...

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Signs of awakening in the Arab world?

August 7, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

More than 100 reportedly unarmed civilians in the Syrian city of Hama have died at the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces since the start of Ramadan on Sunday in a crackdown some in the media have labeled the “Ramadan...

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