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

If They Strapped Bombs on Dogs or Horses…

December 10, 2007

Last month’s Annapolis conference, like Oslo, was pure kabuki theater, in which leaders gathered to pretend that the central issue of the Arab/Israeli conflict is land, not irrational hatred, corruption, and brainwashing of the next...

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An Issue for Obama?

December 5, 2007

Here’s an issue for Barack Obama, or any presidential candidate who is sincere about both fighting terrorism and championing human rights: condemning the recruitment of children to become suicide bombers. Today in her talk to U.S....

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Simon Deng, Leading Darfur Activist, to Ask, “What About the Christians of South Sudan?” on Fox News Tonight

November 30, 2007

“Who is the real enemy of Mohammed,” asks Simon Deng, an escaped slave from Sudan and leading human rights activist, “a child who names a teddy bear, or the one who is killing little Muhammed in Darfur?” Mr. Deng, whom I have...

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Rudy Giuliani: Cure for Commitment Phobia?

November 29, 2007

In answer to a question about whom she supports for the Republican nomination, Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Oklahoma), speaking on the West Side Wednesday evening to the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), pointed out that when it comes to...

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Cyber Bullies

November 27, 2007

Just saw a disturbing story on CNN about a 13-year-old girl, Megan Meier, who killed herself after enduring vicious cyber-harassment. The kicker is, her tormentor was a grown woman – the mother of another girl in her...

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Warrantless Thanksgiving Eavesdropping

November 23, 2007

Those who feel violated by the so-called “warrantless wiretapping” engaged in by the Bush Administration should consider the hazards of Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh.

A friend tells me she turned down an invitation to a...

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Muslim Freedom Fighter

November 21, 2007

In late October, I had the privilege of spending the day with Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a courageous Bangladeshi journalist. In 2003, the Bangladeshi government arrested Mr. Choudhury. He was beaten, tortured, starved, and deprived of...

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President Bush live last night, Giuliani live today

November 16, 2007

I’m writing from the 25th Anniversary conference of the Federalist Society in Washington D.C., where President Bush spoke last night along with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Antonin Scalia.

The President spoke mostly about...

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U.S. Attorneys Rally to Support Pakistani Brethren

November 14, 2007

After writing a curtain raiser for The New York Sun of yesterday’s lawyers’ rally in downtown Manhattan, I attended the rally and ended up writing this piece about it for As I am learning, the issues...

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Attorneys of the World Unite

November 9, 2007

Just got word that on Tuesday, New York’s lawyers, organized by the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New York County Law Association, in cooperation with law schools and human rights organizations,...

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