Blog

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

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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What Happened?

September 21, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Though I don’t normally write a lot about pop culture, I’m at work on a piece about how New Yorkers are leading the way in getting married later in life, and arguing that this is a positive development if the reasons for it are that people...

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If Soldiers Do Not Respect Civilian Life, What Kind of Country Is It?

August 17, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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From The Huffington Post

Sudanese-American activists from across the country gathered on Thursday outside the United Nations in New York City to implore the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to increase protection for civilians...

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UN Vows Greater Protection for Civilians in Southern Sudan

August 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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Hopeful news today from the United Nations, where the UN Security Council (UNSC) made a rare decision to meaningfully strengthen a peacekeeping force to protect civilians in a war torn nation.

The resolution, which passed 11 – 0 with...

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