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

U.S. Attorneys Rally to Support Pakistani Brethren

November 14, 2007

After writing a curtain raiser for The New York Sun of yesterday’s lawyers’ rally in downtown Manhattan, I attended the rally and ended up writing this piece about it for As I am learning, the issues...

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Walter Monheit: The Oldest Club Kid

November 12, 2007

From The New York Sun


July 23-25, 2004


On the New York City nightclub scene, Walter Monheit is a fixture, an icon even.

Since the days of ballroom dancing clubs in the 1950’s, this now-78-year-old man has been clubbing two to three nights per week from around...

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Attorneys of the World Unite

November 9, 2007

Just got word that on Tuesday, New York’s lawyers, organized by the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New York County Law Association, in cooperation with law schools and human rights organizations,...

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Maybe Borat Should Interview Christiane

November 7, 2007

Last month in The Jerusalem Post, Jay Tcath, executive director of the Chicago Jewish Community Relations Council, described how he was manipulated into participating in Christiane Amanpour’s “God’s Warriors,” a documentary...

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Bringing People Together, One Snack at a Time

November 2, 2007

From The New York Daily News


October 31 2007


If people from different backgrounds can find common ground, according to Daniel Lubetzky, it’s food – and the desire to prosper.

The founder of PeaceWorks, a food and condiment company, Lubetzky, 38, has promoted over...

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Stern Warning

October 18, 2007

In June, I wrote a story for the New York Sun of which I am particularly proud. I covered a talk by Dr. Jessica Stern, a Harvard terrorism expert, at a conference of the EastWest Institute, a Manhattan think tank. The subject of the lecture...

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Fox and Friends

October 7, 2007

Hello Fox viewers and other readers. Some of you may have seen attorney and filmmaker Brooke Goldstein on “Fox and Friends” this morning.

I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Goldstein last summer for The New York Sun about...

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‘I Don’t Know What I Can Give This City, But I’ll Do My Best’

October 3, 2007

From The New York Daily News


October 3rd 2007


It’s Wednesday afternoon, and Shadin Hossain is surrounded by people. A friend named Joe runs in to ask if anyone wants coffee.

Alam, Hossain’s brother and his co-manager of Galleria – an art and framing store in...

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McCain in Manhattan This Morning: Defeatism Will Not Buy Peace in Our Time

September 27, 2007

Just returned from a Hudson Institute briefing at The Four Seasons restaurant this morning given by John McCain. He seems a little tired, and who can blame him? The man is 71, has survived torture at the hands of the Viet Cong and, worse...

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Bollinger: No Badass, but not Bad as, He Might Have Been

September 24, 2007

It’s never wise to debate a nut job, especially a vicious one. The very act of debate implies there is something to be discussed, some shred of basis to the attacker’s position which, if in fact there is none, gives that unreasonable and...

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