Blog

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

Moderates Stand Firm in Lebanon

June 9, 2009

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Congratulations to the people of Lebanon who this week cast their votes against extremism and brutality.

The dynamic of extremists and elites who refuse compromise, and are inclined to seize power, imposing their will on a pliant, intimidated...

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Journalist Pushes on in Bangladesh Despite Harassment; His U.S. Supporters Keep Faith With Him

June 8, 2009

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who was physically attacked and beaten in February by thugs he believes were members of the Bangladeshi government’s ruling party, has recovered from his injuries.

But this independent...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Let’s Find Out What it Means To Us

June 4, 2009

In his speech last Thursday in Cairo, President Obama emphasized his respect for the Muslim world. While the notion that, with superior  diplomatic skills, Obama can sweet talk fanatics like Iran’s Ahmadinejad into becoming statesmen...

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Bobby Jindal and the Soft Bigotry of Good Intentions

May 30, 2009

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Interesting story today on how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal supposedly rebuked former Vice President Dick Cheney for asserting the U.S. is less safe due to some of President Obama’s decisions.

Despite the Huffpo’s headline...

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Let’s Support President Obama in Stopping Iran

May 30, 2009

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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This week I have a piece on the web site of the Center for Security Policy detailing former deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams’ views on President Obama’s chances of effectively employing sanctions to squeeze...

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Bibi: Today in Washington, Remind Our President of These Hard Truths

May 30, 2009

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the White House today to meet with President Obama, Israel faces a potentially existential threat from Iran, whose leadership has repeatedly stated its intention to destroy the...

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Dissident Watch: Mithal al-Alusi

May 30, 2009

From Middle East Quarterly

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Amid growing conservatism and ethnic and sectarian populism in Iraq, parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, a Sunni Arab, has become the country’s chief advocate for liberal values including a free market, free press, religious...

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Interview With C. Holland Taylor, Co-founder of LibForAll Foundation, an NGO That Argues for Rejecting Extremists’ Definition of Islam

May 29, 2009

It has been less than five years since the founding of the LibforAll Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to supporting moderate Muslims and promoting a nonviolent, pluralistic interpretation of Islam....

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Thank You Service Members and Veterans

May 25, 2009

Today and every day I am grateful to our service members and veterans for keeping me safe. As a woman, as a journalist and commentator, as a Jew–all categories of individual that the enemies of this country and of civilization reserve...

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The Furor Over Gitmo was Absurd from the Get – Go

May 21, 2009

Looks like the U.S. Senate has been reading Jewishworldreview.com.

At any rate, with yesterday’s Senate vote of 90 to 6, U.S. Senators, at least for now, have thrown a wrench into the President’s plan to shut down...

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