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

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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Maybe Borat Should Interview Christiane

November 7, 2007

Last month in The Jerusalem Post, Jay Tcath, executive director of the Chicago Jewish Community Relations Council, described how he was manipulated into participating in Christiane Amanpour’s “God’s Warriors,” a documentary...

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Stern Warning

October 18, 2007

In June, I wrote a story for the New York Sun of which I am particularly proud. I covered a talk by Dr. Jessica Stern, a Harvard terrorism expert, at a conference of the EastWest Institute, a Manhattan think tank. The subject of the lecture...

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Fox and Friends

October 7, 2007

Hello Fox viewers and other readers. Some of you may have seen attorney and filmmaker Brooke Goldstein on “Fox and Friends” this morning.

I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Goldstein last summer for The New York Sun about...

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McCain in Manhattan This Morning: Defeatism Will Not Buy Peace in Our Time

September 27, 2007

Just returned from a Hudson Institute briefing at The Four Seasons restaurant this morning given by John McCain. He seems a little tired, and who can blame him? The man is 71, has survived torture at the hands of the Viet Cong and, worse...

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Bollinger: No Badass, but not Bad as, He Might Have Been

September 24, 2007

It’s never wise to debate a nut job, especially a vicious one. The very act of debate implies there is something to be discussed, some shred of basis to the attacker’s position which, if in fact there is none, gives that unreasonable and...

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