Blog

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

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

CHECKOUT: A Smart Buyer’s Guide to Styles, Shops, Sales, and Services

THE DATING GAME

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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Iraqi Politician’s Support for Israel Costs Him Dearly, But He Presses On

May 9, 2005

From Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by HEATHER ROBINSON

May 9, 2005

For daring to visit Israel, Mithal Al-Alusi has paid with more than his life: It cost him his two sons.

A Sunni Moslem who founded the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation, or DPIN, Al-Alusi believes the new Iraq should defy...

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Back From Iraq, Marine Aims for Laughs as a Comic Faces

April 8, 2005

From The Jewish Daily Forward

by Heather Robinson

Apr 08, 2005

If the young Woody Allen had been a tough guy, he might have been something like David Rosner. A study in seeming contradictions, Rosner is a stand-up comic and a reserve Marine Corps major — a self-described “recovered...

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The Rabbi Guides the Rehab

March 12, 2004

From The Wall Street Journal

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Friday, March 12, 2004

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Faith helps recovery–and gets in the way of some funding.

LOS ANGELES–It’s Friday night, and Rabbi Mark Borovitz is ministering to his flock. A fatherly man with a bushy...

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Way Up South

April 2, 2001

From Time Out New York

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Summer 2001

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Caption: WATER MAINE BREAK Higgins Beach in Scarborough offers a half mile
of uncrowded sand and surf.

The world is your oyster on the southern coast of Maine, where salty air, cozy B&Bs and all the shellfish you can pry...

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So, Are New Yorkers Jerks?

October 29, 2000

From Time Out New York Student Guide,

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Fall 2000

Our completely unscientific survey of random pedestrians says: Fuhgeddaboutit!

Whenever I go home to Pittsburgh I cross paths with my Aunt Tess, who never fails to recount the story of her trip through Grand Central Terminal...

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What’s Brewing

February 28, 2000

From New York Magazine

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Americans tend to have lukewarm feelings about tea. Ever since the Boston Tea Party, the drink simply hasn’t gotten the respect it deserves. It’s not unusual to walk into a midtown deli looking for a cup of coffee and be faced...

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Any Volunteers?

January 13, 2000

From Time Out New York

by HEATHER ROBINSON

January 13 – 20, 2000

Photographs by TIMOTHY FADEK

You say you want to do good, but you just don’t have enough time. No more excuses-the following local agencies can always use an extra hand.

Like many cynical but soft-at-heart heart...

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