Blog

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

Why Valentine’s Day Has Would-be Lovers Going Offline

February 13, 2017

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

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In an age of technology-assisted dating, when the text has displaced the phone call, the virtual “wink” has replaced face-to-face flirtation and swiping right or left has supplanted striding across the room...

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Where is the Outrage?

February 1, 2017

by Heather Robinson

The needless, brutal deaths of American children in our own cities – and not just our own selfish, partisan concerns – is what should outrage Americans. Where is the action from New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio to address...

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Here’s Why Many New York Women Did Not March

January 28, 2017

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Observer

People are blocked from passing Trump Tower during the Women's March in New York City on January 21, 2017.  Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women's rights protests to mark President Donald Trump's first full day in office. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith        (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Sometimes strength of character means standing alone…

Last Saturday, women’s marches happened around the world, by some estimates drawing 400,000 marchers here in New York City.

These events, undeniably a...

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A Call for Unity From New York City

January 13, 2017

by Heather Robinson

In what promises to be a unique and memorable week for all Americans, the national holiday honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16th occurs in the same week as the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump...

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Getting Past the Politically Driven Social-media Hate

December 30, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

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For many Americans, 2016 was a year in which contentious political disputes at times spilled over into their personal lives, with social media pushing apart friends, neighbors and even family.

At the tail end of a...

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Sudanese-Americans to Trump: help us stop the bloodshed

December 15, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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Sudanese-American activists gathered today in sub-freezing temperatures across from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan to call on President-elect Donald Trump to do everything in his power to stop the bloodshed in South Sudan, the world’s...

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Dershowitz at ZOA: beware extremist entanglements

December 1, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Dashing expectations, White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has come under accusations of anti-Semitism, did not come to the Zionist Organization of America’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award dinner Sunday November 20th. But...

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Is Hillary Clinton Concerned About a Pennsylvania Upset?

November 7, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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From The NY Observer

New pockets of support for Republicans in Western Pennsylvania could produce surprises in a state where every vote will count

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA—Is PA in play?

Recent polls suggest a tightening of the Presidential...

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Is Western Pa. in Play?

November 6, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Stay tuned for my newest piece, to appear in The New York Observer in advance of Election Day, investigating whether Pennsylvania – especially the area around Pittsburgh in Western Pa. – is in play.

I am on the ground in Western...

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Trump is missing out on showing the world his sweet side

October 19, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

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The Donald showed up a little late for the luncheon, and he brought a date — not on his arm, but in his arms.

It was 1997, an event for “young leaders” organized by the Jewish charity UJA-Federation. We were all...

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