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

Ramapo College to offer new minor in human rights and genocide studies: Program to promote student internships with New York City-based organizations

June 11, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Starting this fall, Ramapo College of New Jersey will offer its students a minor in human rights and genocide studies. It will be the first program of its kind in New Jersey’s state college system, according to Michael A. Riff, director of the...

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N.J. lawmakers laud decision to boycott ‘Durban III’

June 11, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

The Obama administration announced last week that the United States would not participate in the Durban III World Conference Against Racism, scheduled to take place in New York City in September, during the U.N. General Assembly...

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Great point, David Brooks

June 5, 2011

This terrific editorial, which ran last week in The New York Times, should be required reading for anyone who thinks he or she can make peace in the mideast by putting the squeeze on Israel and/or employing high-level diplomacy. I would...

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Ari Fleischer comes to New Jersey: Former White House press secretary dishes on Bush, Obama, Israel

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary, is coming to speak June 12 as part of an effort by the Republican Jewish Coalition to ramp up its outreach in New Jersey in advance of the 2012 election (see sidebar). The event, “A...

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Do not give up on commitment to human rights and press freedom

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBONSON

Last winter Elaph.com, the Arab world’s most popular online newspaper, argued that upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia demonstrated the people’s ability to break “the fear barrier,” and observers across the world held their breaths...

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Joan Rivers talks to the Standard about life and work and how to meet men

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Ahead of her June 12 performance to benefit Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, the local chapter of a charity founded in memory of the comedian Gilda Radner to help those struggling with cancer, cancer survivors, and their families,...

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Sean Hannity gets it

June 2, 2011

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I saw a great exchange last week on FOX News’ “Hannity’s America ” between journalists Sean Hannity and Juan Williams. They were discussing the flap following President Obama’s remarks that as part of any...

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Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What did the rabbi do on Monday?)

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain Rabbi Joyce Newmark’s big news — she is a “Jeopardy!” champion.

In the episode of the television game show that aired on Monday, Newmark had no...

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Local educators weigh in on teaching evolution, creationism: Governor’s remarks ignite speculation

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

At a May 4 town hall meeting in Manalapan, Gov. Chris Christie fielded a question about his views on creationism being taught in schools alongside Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

According to news accounts, Christie told the...

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What do the Palestinians want?

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

On Sunday, demonstrators from Syria, Lebanon, the west bank, and Gaza converged in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on Israel, simultaneously breaching multiple borders and accosting IDF troops, in some cases throwing rocks and...

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