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

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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Can Trump Evolve?

May 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat in key states, according to Quinnipiac University poll results released Tuesday.

This latest poll reinforces the massive gender gap. From today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


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Thanks Anyway, Sarah

May 8, 2016

by Heather Robinson

In what seems like an effort to bolster Donald Trump, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced this week that she will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin. She is responding to Ryan’s...

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Cruz Departs the Race; Kasich Hangs In

May 4, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Amid tonight’s surprising political news that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the Republican primary contest after sustaining a sizable defeat in the Indiana primary comes the news that Ohio Governor John Kasich is...

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Pining for Kasich; Love/Hating The Don

April 26, 2016

by Heather Robinson

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary and four others, with the Keystone State considered the biggest prize, I thought I would share some of what I heard a few weeks ago from voters in Pittsburgh when I visited.

Most pollsters are predicting a...

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New Yorkers On Which Candidate Is ‘Most New York’

April 18, 2016

by Heather Robinson


From The New York Post


For the past several weeks, we’ve been treated to recurring images of candidates chowing down at iconic New York City restaurants and pretending to be regular straphangers. But who really pulls it off?

Several dozen New...

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