Blog

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

Iraqi Parliamentarian Supports Trump Travel Ban, Says ‘It’s not anti-Islamic, It’s anti-Iranian regime’

March 16, 2017

by Heather Robinson

Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi traveled to Washington D.C. late last month to meet with top officials in the Trump White House. I met with Mr. Alusi in Washington D.C. in the aftermath of his meetings with U.S. officials, and conducted a...

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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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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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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 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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Who are the deplorables?

October 17, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Last month, when Hillary Clinton described half of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables,” I thought of a conversation I had had over the summer with a Trump supporter, my sister-in-law’s...

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Who is the Real Donald Trump?

October 9, 2016

by Heather Robinson

I dislike Donald Trump’s sexist remarks about women. But I also dislike the last ditch, orchestrated pile on against him by the media, some of whose members seem to be going to absurd lengths to smear him coming down the campaign’s home stretch...

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Clash of the Titans

September 26, 2016

by Heather Robinson

The title of this post may be too much a compliment to both of them – as they are more demagogues than demigods – but the Presidential candidates set to debate this evening are alike in two respects: their resilience, and their...

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Palestinian Human Rights Activist Calls Out Arab ‘Leadership’

September 24, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Bassem Eid, founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), spoke boldly last week in Manhattan at an event hosted by The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization that champions free speech (including providing legal defense for...

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