Blog

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

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

August 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

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Sudanese-American activists from across the country gathered today outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City to implore the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to increase protection for civilians caught in the crossfire of a...

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Do Women Get the Shaft Again?

July 29, 2016

by Heather Robinson

A few brief thoughts following Hillary Clinton’s speech on the final evening of the Democratic National Convention.

As an analyst, I have felt all along this campaign year that Hillary would probably win in the general. Then again, recently I have...

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Conviction in Politics?

July 22, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Having just come off the 4-day Republican National Convention, I find myself in disagreement with almost everyone – except a few liberals and hard core conservatives and, I believe, people who prize family loyalty above party...

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What Would MLK Have Thought?

July 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Like everyone else with a heart and sense of decency, I’ve viewed the events in Dallas with grief and sorrow. I keep having a strange feeling that at least Martin Luther King was spared this.

I can’t really imagine life from a...

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Hillary Off the Hook (Again;) Donald Steps in it (Again)

July 7, 2016

by Heather Robinson

By now most of the country knows Hillary Clinton is off the hook, at least technically and for now, in the e-mail scandal and the related Benghazi scandal. A few thoughts.

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly did an excellent job tonight...

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