Blog

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

Steve Mariotti: Thinking Big About Small Business

April 11, 2006

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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“Every child should learn how to start a business, especially children who are having difficulty in school,” says Steve Mariotti. “Let them be exposed to the concept of self-ownership.”

With his easy banter and warm smile,...

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All in the Game: Steve Huston is Serious About Bronx Kids’ Fun

March 28, 2006

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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“Basketball, softball, football tournaments—no matter how tired I was, I enjoyed playing ball with the kids.”

Steve Huston smiles and leans forward, gently bearlike, as he remembers the days before recreation was his full-time job. On...

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Breaking the Chains: Former Slave Simon Deng Marches for Freedom

March 21, 2006

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

March 21, 2006

“As a child, I was abducted and taken into slavery, at a time most people assumed slavery was a thing of the past,” says Simon Deng, 45, to a reporter over coffee in an upper East Side cafe on a recent sunny...

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Lessons in Life

February 27, 2006

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From the New York Daily News
February 27, 2006

“I try to wear a suit most days,” says Frank Jump, explaining why he looks dapper. It’s not the uniform you’d expect for a teacher at an elementary school in a gritty...

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What’s Right With ‘Munich’

February 8, 2006

From opinionjournal.com

by HEATHER ROBINSON

I’m a Zionist, and I liked Spielberg’s film.

Avner Kaufmann, the reluctant warrior and protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Munich,” is honorable, strong, a family man–that is, a typical Israeli. That is...

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Jewish Community Helps Victim of Russian Hostage Crisis Recover

November 14, 2005

From The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by HEATHER ROBINSON

November 14, 2005

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Shifting from foot to foot in Kennedy Airport here, Anya Kadalaeva waited for the plane that would bring her father and sister.

In her jeans and lavender winter coat, her light brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, she...

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CD Re-release Explores Mixing of Latin Music and Jewish Music

August 24, 2005

From Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by HEATHER ROBINSON

August 24, 2005

In 1959, when Irving Fields was playing piano at the Sherry Biltmore Hotel in Boston, two couples approached him with competing requests.

“One couple requested, ‘I Love You Much Too Much,’ a nice Jewish song,” Fields...

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Almost By Accident, Jazz Pianist Helped Spark Musical Fusion Craze

August 24, 2005

From Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by HEATHER ROBINSON

August 24,2005

The CD of “Bagels and Bongos” features an interview with 90-year-old pianist Irving Fields, who still plays six nights a week at a Manhattan nightclub.

The liner notes describe Fields’ life story as one “of cultural...

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Freedom Fighter

May 16, 2005

From The New York Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

They killed Mithal Al-Alusi’s sons, but he won’t stop. He believes truth and freedom are too precious. Al-Alusi is the founder of the nine-month-old Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation (DPIN), a grassroots political party that...

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The Dating Game

May 11, 2005

From Time Out New York

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Photographs by Britt Carpenter

Ask the people who run dating services why their help is sorely needed, and they’ll tell you that most New Yorkers are...

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