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

Do Women Get the Shaft Again?

July 29, 2016

by Heather Robinson

A few brief thoughts following Hillary Clinton’s speech on the final evening of the Democratic National Convention.

As an analyst, I have felt all along this campaign year that Hillary would probably win in the general. Then again, recently I have...

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Conviction in Politics?

July 22, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Having just come off the 4-day Republican National Convention, I find myself in disagreement with almost everyone – except a few liberals and hard core conservatives and, I believe, people who prize family loyalty above party...

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What Would MLK Have Thought?

July 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Like everyone else with a heart and sense of decency, I’ve viewed the events in Dallas with grief and sorrow. I keep having a strange feeling that at least Martin Luther King was spared this.

I can’t really imagine life from a...

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The Presidential Race Is Giving NYC Comedy Clubs a Real Lift

July 8, 2016

by Heather Robinson


From The New York Post


Time and again, the comic minds among us have guided Americans through challenging eras.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that, in an age of stark political divisiveness and explosion of media (including...

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Hillary Off the Hook (Again;) Donald Steps in it (Again)

July 7, 2016

by Heather Robinson

By now most of the country knows Hillary Clinton is off the hook, at least technically and for now, in the e-mail scandal and the related Benghazi scandal. A few thoughts.

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly did an excellent job tonight...

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Rest in Peace, Elie Wiesel

July 3, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Today the world lost Elie Wiesel, humanitarian, journalist, activist, Zionist, and passionate believer in the power of the written word.

Like many youngsters, I read “Night,” Wiesel’s memoir of his nightmarish...

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No country for Islamist supremacism

June 13, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Prayers of deepest sympathy for the families of the victims of today’s terrorist attack that killed fifty and wounded more than fifty at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

The terrorist, Omar Mateen, an Islamist supremacist, called 911...

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Trump has a go at the press for doing its job

June 1, 2016

by Heather Robinson

The most singular and perhaps most important feature of our society – freedom of speech and of the press – is not respected by the people who wish to lead us.

By now most of the country that pays attention to the Presidential race has...

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Iranian Dissident Filmmaker Emad Tayefeh Seeks U.S. Asylum

May 19, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Life in Iran, post nuclear “deal,” is worse than ever for dissidents.

This week I read about Emad Tayefeh (pictured above with fellow Iranians whose relatives are victims of the regime), a filmmaker who recently escaped to Turkey from Iran...

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As Megyn Kelly Interview Looms, Trump Desperately Needs Support of Women

May 17, 2016

by Heather Robinson


From The Algemeiner


Whether they love him or hate him, most Americans who watched the first Republican debate last summer remember Donald Trump’s fight with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

After Kelly asked Trump a tough question regarding his...

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