Blog

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

United States prioritizes meetings with Islamists above liberals, Alusi charges

December 7, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi (pictured above) contacted me by phone last week to report that political moderates, liberals and secularists in Iraq are increasingly threatened as the United States spurns them in favor of...

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A Modern Orthodox Miracle

November 4, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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For one religious single woman, unmarried motherhood is a gift.

Divorced and childless at 23, each year for the next decade on Rosh HaShanah, Julie Yusupov would walk to her synagogue and, in hopes of one day becoming a mother, say a...

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Forgiving Ourselves For Being Single

October 17, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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Fighting off guilt at the High Holidays.

When Lee Bernstein, a Manhattan dentist, was in his late 30’s, he bought an engagement ring for his 26-year-old girlfriend, who had just graduated from dental school. Next he took it and...

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Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

October 3, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War...

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Behind the Scenes, Joan Rivers was a Class Act (and Nice!)

September 5, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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I had the good fortune to interview Joan Rivers three times, and to hang out with her once (as press, and then kinda informally). The first time, I had to fight for the interview, and the third (and only in-person) time, I had to fight Joan...

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Pro-Israel Iraqi Official May Be Tapped For Key Post In New Cabinet

August 21, 2014

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish Week

Mithal al Alusi, honored by AJC for moral courage, says U.S. should unite region against terrorism.

Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, whose support for Israel earned him the American Jewish...

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Iraqi Parliamentarian to President Obama: Do Not Give Up on Iraq

August 19, 2014

by Heather Robinson

In a phone interview from Iraq last week, Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi thanked U.S. President Barack Obama for his decision to conduct air strikes against ISIS and urged the U.S. President to “make it clear to extremists the...

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Israel: if we are not for ourselves, who will be for us?

July 30, 2014

by Heather Robinson

Earlier today a friend brought to my attention a recent blog post by James Howard Kunstler, a writer on environmental and economic issues. With all the tragic news coming out of the Mideast, I think the analysis of this man – who is not...

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Hamas’s child victims and Israel’s survival

July 19, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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Today I am thinking of Israelis and Palestinians, and all the children on both sides who deserve so much better than what they have, especially Palestinian children, because their leaders in Gaza simply do not value these children’s...

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Should the Stain of a Youthful Mistake Last Forever?

July 8, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

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In June’s Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, asks the world to reconsider who she is. In her essay, “Shame and Survival,” she writes about how, since 1998, when the news broke about her affair with...

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