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

I Spent Yesterday Afternoon in Ramallah – and Lived to Tell!

May 21, 2008

Seriously, I’m no Brooke Goldstein (no interviews of terrorists!) But yesterday I did travel to Ramallah with Daniel Lubetzky, founder of Peaceworks, a business that brings together individuals from opposing sides of world conflicts,...

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It’s a Beautiful Life, or at Least it Can Be

May 17, 2008

In this age of peace talks and big ideas, there is something to be said for making a virtue of necessity. I’m writing a piece now about Danny Lubetzky, founder of Peaceworks, an international business specializing in bringing people...

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Why Secret?

May 15, 2008

Last week, the Times of London reported that Robert Malley, one of Barack Obama’s mideast policy advisors, was holding secret meetings with Hamas. This week, al Jazeera released shocking footage of Palestinians in Gaza doing phone banking...

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Barack Obama: In Search of a Savior?

May 7, 2008


In all the discussion of Barack Obama as the potential savior of our nation, there’s been relatively little attention to the idea that, rather than behaving like a person of strong leadership, Barack Obama seems to have been acting like a real...

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Looks Like Penny from Pennsylvania Didn’t Show – and Can You Really Blame Her?

April 24, 2008


Today the networks are echoing what I heard from Pennsylvania Democrats last week: a discernible number who voted Hillary were swayed by Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” comments, and why shouldn’t they have...

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Pennsylvania’s A Bitter Pill for Senator Obama

April 23, 2008

Looks like a big win—55 percent to 45 percent–for Senator Clinton tonight in Pennsylvania, despite having been outspent nearly three to one there by Senator Obama. But having conducted my own informal poll of Pennsylvania...

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Take it From This Pennsylvania Girl: Barack’s Remarks Could Hurt Him in the Keystone State

April 16, 2008

In my home town of Pittsburgh over the weekend and early this week, I conducted an informal poll of western Pennsylvanians concerning Barack Obama’s remarks about people in “these small towns in Pennsylvania.” I would speculate that his...

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Hamas Leader Admits Using Women and Children as Human Shields

April 3, 2008

Check out this video of a Hamas leader last month openly admitting they use women and children as human shields.

It illustrates what Israel has been dealing with for decades. If only the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat, winner of...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Tonight on Reverend Jeremiah Wright: It Hurt Me Very Much What He Said About America

March 29, 2008

Just returned from an AIPAC Manhattan Club dinner at which Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke. He told many inspiring stories about his efforts to revitalize Newark and make it safer. Apparently it is the city with the greatest reduction in crime...

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If Obama Can’t Influence his Pastor, How is He Going to Influence Ahmadinejad?

March 26, 2008

To my piece than ran in yesterday’s concerning Senator Barack Obama’s high tolerance for negativity towards the United States, I would like to add one thought. Senator Obama has known Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr....

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