Blog

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

Israelis Support Iraqi Youth

November 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

In a far-ranging phone interview last week, retired three-term Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi spoke to me about massive popular uprisings in Iraq, Iran’s interference in his country’s government, and Israel’s support for...

Read More

Lessons From Tree of Life One Year After Synagogue Massacre

October 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From the New York Post

Sunday will mark one year since the Tree of Life massacre, the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history.

It’s a day to reflect on the lives so brutally taken, and on the need for vigilance...

Read More

Debate #3: Democrats Imitate Donald

September 15, 2019

by Heather Robinson

The gloves came off toward Joe Biden in Democratic debate #3, which featured a group of 10 candidates who qualified based on polling and unique donor numbers, winnowing the field. Personally, I missed the antics of New Age guru Marianne...

Read More

A Plea This Tragic Week: Unite Us

August 6, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Terrible, tragic weekend in America, as 22 Americans died in the El Paso massacre, and two dozen more, including children, were injured. In Dayton, Ohio, a shooter killed nine people and injured at least 27 others. These incidents followed a...

Read More

Democrats on Stage Tonight – Good Luck!

July 30, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Ok, I stink at headlines.

And the Democrats pictured above probably aren’t tonight’s lineup. ‘Cause I stink at tech stuff.

Still. I have a sense of humor, something increasingly rare in today’s cultish environment. Let’s...

Read More

Controversy aside, ‘Green Book’ is a film worth seeing

July 25, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From Fox News

Despite this week’s controversy swirling around the personal lives of some of its creators, “Green Book” remains among the year’s best films, and worth seeing for its essential message.

Last Sunday the film took...

Read More

Dem Debate #2: Brainy Buttigieg Prediction Bears Out

June 28, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Yesterday I speculated as to whether President Trump felt any of the Democratic 2020 hopefuls was a threat, and noted that the only one he’s nicknamed – aside from frontrunners “Sleepy Joe” Biden and Bernie “Nutty...

Read More

Dem Debate #1: Who Will Next be Nicknamed?

June 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

Last night was the first Democratic Primary debate, and both Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii – pictured above) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) made strong showings, while Beto O’Rourke petered out. Personally, I thought Tim Ryan...

Read More

Can Bibi Hold On?

May 30, 2019

by Heather Robinson

There’s an old Jewish adage about how you can ask two Jews for their views on something and get ten opinions. It could be said that Israel’s system of Parliamentary government reflects this truth.

Israeli Prime Minister...

Read More

Why Religious Movies Like ‘Breakthrough’ Are Attracting Non-Believers

May 19, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From The New York Post

In the movie “Breakthrough,” a Midwestern Christian mother, played with uncanny realism by Chrissy Metz of NBC’s prime-time hit “This is Us,” relentlessly prods doctors to save her son, even after...

Read More