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Heather Robinson is assistant editor of the New Jersey Jewish Standard and formerly Senior Writer for the New York Daily News' Big Town Big Dreams feature. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Time Out New York, and The New York Sun. She blogs at www.politicalmavens.com, and at www.heatherrobinson.net, and is a contributor to Have I Got a Guy for You, an anthology of bad fix-ups, released last April.

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Do Black Lives Matter? Simon Deng on Day 22 of Hunger Strike

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 2:39 PM

He is a free man now, and he's determined to use that freedom to stir President Obama to "save the lives of untold millions of Africans" who are in danger of dying in Southern Sudan.

Simon Deng, an escaped slave and Sudanese-American human rights activist, is on Day 22 of...

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Escaped Slave Calls on President Obama to Speak Out, Halt Violence in South Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng is entering day seven of his hunger strike to petition President Obama to act in order to "save the lives of untold multitudes of Africans and their country ... South Sudan," according to an open letter Deng has sent the President.

Deng, who has...

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After Sandy Hook, Are Ideologies More Important Than Children?

(10) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:20 AM

On Friday, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a national effort to place armed security guards in every U.S. school, and offered the NRA's assistance to the federal government for such an effort. His proposal - like those of liberal politicians who want to...

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Why New Yorkers respect the NYPD as New York's finest

(10) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 6:22 PM

NYPD Police Officer Larry DePrimo's act of kindness has by now been broadcast on numerous talk shows. The 25-year-old police officer saw a homeless man walking without shoes, shaking on a 35 degree night (November 14) here in Manhattan, and asked him where his shoes were.

The man...

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Ay Caramba! From the Vegas Strip to Congress, Berkley Weeps for the Workers -- While Her Hubby Holds Wal-Mart Stock

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), the liberal Democratic Senate candidate trying to unseat Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) in November, is a gung-ho supporter of labor unions which highlights her tight relationship with Big Labor in her fights for office.

In 2006, for instance, Berkley spoke at a rally...

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Tea Party Opportunist Mourdock Takes on Pro-Israel Lugar in Indiana but Turns Out to Be a Mr. Softee

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Six-term incumbent Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar is facing off in a close primary race May 8 against challenger Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer, who is, according to one news site "running to Lugar's right with tea-party backing."

Mourdock may have an uphill battle in trying to "out-conservative"...

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Republican Candidates: Mitt, Newt, Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Don't Do It For Me

(8) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 10:23 AM

So, as this primary election season goes on and on, I still haven't found The One. Seasons have changed, I've switched to a new therapist and while I have no problem attracting candidates for the position, the search continues. My mother always told me he would come along, and that...

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What Women Want -- Really

(152) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Ah, the eternal question: What do women really want? (Hint: It's not a vacuum cleaner or thigh master.) Here are twelve things we actually do care about. Feel free to take notes!

1. Henry Kissinger had it wrong -- power can be sexy, but the greatest aphrodisiac is attentiveness.

2....

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Is Robert Turner's Victory a Referendum on Obama's Israel Policy?

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 5:15 PM

Last Tuesday marked the first Republican victory in nearly one hundred years in New York's 9th Congressional district, a Jewish and Italian stronghold. Republican Robert Turner's victory in winning the seat encompassing Brooklyn and Queens and formerly held by Anthony Weiner has led many to speculate that Jewish voters sent...

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Battle of Digital Billboards Moves to Midsized Cities of Pittsburgh and Tacoma

(8) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 3:04 PM

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Photo: Kevin Freitas at feedtacoma.com

Riding by car or bus last Fourth of July weekend, you may have enjoyed the green hills and valleys, the rust-colored canyons or wheat-covered plains rolling past your window.

If you've admired the natural...

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Herman Cain Provides Teachable Moment

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 2:33 PM

A couple thoughts on last week's controversy in which Jon Stewart mocked Herman Cain, a black conservative candidate for the GOP nomination. The Los Angeles Times incorrectly claims in this blog post that Cain, in reaction to Stewart's bit, called Stewart a racist. Unless I am mistaken, I...

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Iraqis Take to Street in Protest; "It Will Start Again Next Friday," Says Alusi

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 6:33 AM

Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi contacted me last Friday to report that major protests are taking place across Iraq. While there have been some news reports, Alusi says the Iraqi government has banned videotaping and most reporting on the protests--and that journalists and protestors have been killed by government forces.

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Could the Facebook Revolution Herald a New Middle East?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 10:12 AM

A wise man once told me, "People get the government they deserve." At the time, I thought this assessment was overly harsh. After all, what can unarmed civilians do when they are under the control of a dictator? I still believe it is a sweeping statement, but perhaps it contains...

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Making the Hunters the Hunted: Exploring Hostage-Rescue

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 6:53 PM

In 2004, Dan O'Shea, a Navy SEAL officer and commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, served as Coordinator of the Hostage Working Group (HWG) in Baghdad.

Formed at the height of the Iraqi insurgency when a hostage campaign targeting foreigners averaged more than 40 kidnappings per month, the HWG oversaw...

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Mental Illness, Not Politics, Was Likely Cause of Loughner's Rampage

(53) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 9:34 AM

By Heather Robinson and Jennifer Ginsberg, MSW

It is becoming increasingly clear that the killing spree of Jared Loughner, who claimed the lives of six and injured 14, including beloved Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was not fueled by political ideology; rather, it was the result of severe, chronic, and untreated...

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Racial Component of Conflict in Sudan: "To Them, a Black Person ... is an 'Abid,' which is a Slave;" Human Rights Groups in Sudan Free Slaves

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Fighting in Southern Sudan's disputed Abyei region claimed the lives of more than 30 people over the weekend, but voting that will allow the country's Southerners - mostly Christians and animists, or practitioners of native religions - to separate from the Arab Muslim North if they choose, proceeded apace. And...

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Americans: Support Today's Referendum - and Democracy - in South Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 9:18 AM

Today, Sunday January 9th, the people of Southern Sudan will have the chance to vote for independence. Americans of all persuasions should support the democratic process of this long-anticipated vote.

The product of a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between Sudan's mostly Muslim North and its mostly Christian South,...

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German Activists to German Pols and Business Leaders: Stop Appeasing Tehran

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 3:32 PM

German activists are raising an outcry over what they characterize as a growing "offensive of promoting German-Iran relations" on the part of German politicians and businesspeople that they believe is undercutting hard-won gains in the cooperative EU and U.S. effort to isolate Iran's government via sanctions.

Members of Stop...

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Thanksgiving Day, Human Rights Activist Calls on President Obama and U.S. Congress to Support South Sudan Independence

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 2:52 PM

Disappointing news this Thanksgiving Day, as human rights activist Simon Deng received an update that the Sudan Peace and Stability Act, sponsored by Senator John Kerry, is "on hold." Kerry's office did not share the reason.

"We have no idea regarding Kerry and the bill. It was supposed to be...

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Ex-Slave and Human Rights Activist: President Obama, Do Not Let Ticking Time Bomb Go Off

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 5:50 PM

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Today human rights activist and escaped slave Simon Deng finished an historic barefoot walk to each of the 535 offices of the U.S. Congress in an appeal to U.S. legislators to support John Kerry's Sudan Peace and Stability Act and to uphold the outcome...

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