Blog

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

It May be One World Trade to E.U., But To U.S., it Will Be The Freedom Tower

March 28, 2009

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New York’s former Governor George Pataki has a good opinion piece in today’s New York Post about the Port Authority’s decision to abandon the name ‘Freedom Tower’ and refer to the central building on the site of...

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Elliott Abrams predicts Obama, Bibi faceoff

March 23, 2009

From Center for Security Policy

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Elliott Abrams, former deputy national security advisor to President Bush, speaking Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale at the winter meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said he thinks the Obama administration may be able to successfully...

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Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman Rallies the Faithful Tonight in Fort Lauderdale

March 21, 2009

Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, who remains locked in a contentious battle with challenger Al Franken for his Senate seat, struck a confident tone in an informal speech Friday evening to Jewish Republicans in Fort Lauderdale for the...

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Evidently Genocide is Not Enough

March 9, 2009

Evidently masterminding genocide — or at least allegedly doing so — is not sufficiently evil for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. Last week he decided to kick out of Sudan 13 NGOs, including Doctors without Borders, Save the...

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Memo from Washington D.C.: Wilders Wildly Well Received

February 28, 2009

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Geert Wilders, the Dutch Parliamentarian being prosecuted in his own country because of reaction to his film “Fitna,” and his remarks challenging the contention that Islam is a religion of peace, spoke yesterday...

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Bangladeshi Journalist, Champion of Free Speech in the Muslim World, Attacked

February 28, 2009

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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On Monday, a gang of thugs stormed the newspaper office of The Weekly Blitz, an independent newspaper based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and physically attacked its editor, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

Choudhury, 39, advocates normalized...

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Champion of Jewish-Muslim Relations Beaten by Thugs in Bangladesh

February 22, 2009

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a Bangladeshi journalist who has labored to build bridges between Israel and his country, was beaten this morning in the Dhaka offices of his newspaper, The Weekly Blitz, by thugs he believes to be members of the...

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UAE Violates Spirit of International Cooperation and Sportsmanship

February 21, 2009

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This week the United Arab Emirates (UAE) refused to grant entry to Shahar Peer, an Israeli female tennis champion, to compete in the Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championship.

The UAE offered this explanation: “We do not wish to...

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A Man of Common Sense?

February 16, 2009

Interesting piece in today’s Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama’s more-moderate-than-expected moves (or lack thereof) in such areas as stem cell research, detainee policy, and faith-based initiative policy. His caution and...

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Shutting Down Guantanamo Makes No Common Sense

February 12, 2009

From Jewish World Review

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Last week former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration’s national security policies, including holding “hard core” terror suspects at the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay,...

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