Blog

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

Giving Generations of Sephardim a Chance at Higher Education

April 11, 2007

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

April 11, 2007

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During the early 1970s, Nina Weiner realized that if she were going to help Israeli Sephardim – Jews whose ancestors had immigrated to Israel from the Arab world, Asia and Africa – she would have to think outside the...

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Maybe God Has a Purpose for Me Here

March 22, 2007

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 9:02 AM

When Bizu Riki Mullu was a girl, the people of her village of Mauri, in northern Ethiopia, would come out in January and sing to the storks crossing the sky. “The villagers knew the birds came...

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Helping Mexican Immigrants Find Dignity — and a Better Life

March 3, 2007

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

March 3, 2007
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Joel Magallan

Former Brother Joel Magallan has headed the Association Tepeyac for 11 years.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is an icon of dignity,” says Joel Magallán, the head of the Asociación Tepeyac de New York,...

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‘It Was Skin and Bones’: Soldiers Remember Auschwitz

January 17, 2007

From Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by HEATHER ROBINSON

January 17, 2007

When they were young, they fought the Nazis, and then bore witness to the extreme depravity of which human beings are capable.

Now in or nearing their 80s and 90s, the Allied soldiers who liberated the concentration camps of...

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Liberal Iraqis

December 7, 2006

From The American Spectator

by HEATHER ROBINSON

I read with great interest William Tucker’s Tuesday column in which he discussed my recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about democracy in Iraq and specifically Mithal al-Alusi, a liberal member of the Iraqi Parliament.

In Mr....

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My Country Needs Me

November 1, 2006

From The Wall Street Journal

by HEATHER ROBINSON

November 1, 2006

With the midterm elections fast approaching, the panic over Iraq seems more intense than ever. That country, the thinking goes, is a hopeless mess, and there could be a precipitous American withdrawal, especially if the...

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Chavez Held Up Mirror to Liberals

October 2, 2006

From The American Spectator

by HEATHER ROBINSON

As offensive as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent anti-Bush tirade at the United Nations was, his calling President Bush “the devil” was a lot less offensive than modern American liberals who attack our...

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Building Hope

September 18, 2006

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

September 18, 2006

The dwelling had no electricity, no windows, no heat and little furniture. Inside were a mother, six children and a crippled father. Garo Armen remembers using the light of a camera’s flash to catch glimpses of the...

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Marching For Freedom: Ex-slave Simon Deng Plans New Walk to Spotlight Sudan’s Plight

August 31, 2006

From The New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

August 31, 2006

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It was “desperation” to raise awareness about the plight of black Africans in his native land of Sudan, Simon Deng says, that prompted the Harlem resident to walk the 300 miles from the United Nations to...

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Taking Courage

June 5, 2006

From the New York Daily News

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Monday, June 5th, 2006

“When I lost my arm, I thought, ‘That’s the end of my life,'” says Muctar Jalloh.

“My goals had been to attend school and to write. Sometimes I would think, ‘I don’t think it...

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