Blog

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

Midterm Update: Will Battleground States Swing?

October 22, 2018

by Heather Robinson

In advance of the Congressional midterm elections November 6, all eyes are on the swing states and perhaps especially those rust belt states, like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (pictured above), that surprised everyone by going red in the...

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Ford vs. Kavanaugh: Where is the Evidence?

September 28, 2018

Today, as most of the country knows, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate – she to accuse him of sexual assault some 35 years ago, he to defend his life’s work, his good name,...

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Iraqi Foreign Ministry Officials Tried to Shelter Alleged Rapist, Murderer of Jewish Teen, Says Parliamentarian

June 12, 2018

by Heather Robinson

 

Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi told me Tuesday that officials in Iraq’s foreign ministry attempted to prevent the extradition to Germany of a man accused of raping and murdering a German-Jewish teenager.

Susanna Maria Feldman,...

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Champion of Women and Children in South Sudan Says “We, Too”

June 4, 2018

by Heather Robinson

Meet Yom Deng Bul.

Born in the midst of South Sudan’s second civil war, which claimed 2.5 million human lives and which many describe as a genocide, she has personally survived horrors, and gone on to found and direct the Achut Foundation,...

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From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

May 18, 2018

by Heather Robinson

The move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is taking place amidst violence, and who’s surprised?

Palestinian “leaders,” never missing an opportunity to stoke violence, incited their people to riot...

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What’s Up With Rudy Giuliani?

May 14, 2018

by Heather Robinson

A lot of people have been asking what’s going on with Rudy Giuliani.

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Katie Roiphe and Complexity of Female Psyche

May 14, 2018

by Heather Robinson

A friend just directed me to Katie Roiphe’s piece “The Other Whisper Network.” The piece, which garnered intense online reaction, takes on the complex variety of feelings women have concerning sexual harassment and...

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RBG Documentary Captures the Woman Across Time

May 14, 2018

by Heather Robinson

Just saw the new documentary on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. No question, she is a woman of high commitment to principle and hard work. On a more shallow note, she was quite a hottie in her youth.

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A New Man on the Job

April 20, 2018

by Heather Robinson

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team to “help bring the Mueller investigation to conclusion,” according to CNN.

Giuliani told CNN his objective will be to interact with...

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Caitlyn Jenner Celebrated by Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Jews at the Plaza

March 9, 2018

by Heather Robinson

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Last Thursday night, something occurred which, at this juncture in human history, could perhaps happen only in New York: an Orthodox rabbi, to the applause of a roomful of raucous, spirited, mostly Orthodox Jews, honored transgender...

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