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Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. He is a dynamic speaker who specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance for and impact upon Jewish communities at home and in Israel.

Halpern’s most recent book THUGS spent time on Amazon’s list of best selling books, he is also the author of What You Need To Know About: Terror. He maintains The Micah Report www.micahhalpern.com, a daily commentary offering perspective and insight on important national and international issues. His range of subject matter is broad. Micah Halpern is also an expert on kosher wines - he reviews them, speaks about them and enjoys them.

Micah D. Halpern has a track record. He is a frequent analyst on network television and radio.

His voice is recognized by listeners to talk radio across America and to his weekly feature, A Safer World, on USA Radio Network and his daily 1 minute feature I’ve Been Thinking on Town Square Radio Network.
His face is familiar to viewers on CBS, FOX, MSNBC and to those who watch documentaries on PBS, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Discovery the Food Network. Micah is a regular commentator on Shalom TV. Following 9-11 he was the CBS-2 commentator on terror. On 9-11, 2003 he was the guest expert on ABC's The View.

Halpern, a syndicated columnist, is also a well-known social and political commentator, educator, and historian. He lectures frequently, both in the United States and Israel, on issues relating to terror, foreign affairs, Israel and the Middle East, as well as wine history, and popular culture. In 1997, Micah Halpern was appointed Israel columnist for America OnLine and continues, until today, to write a weekly, now syndicated, column on foreign affairs, the Middle East and terror.

Micah's weekly column is read by hundreds of thousands if not millions on the internet and in papers and websites around the world from FrontPageMag to American Thinker. He has daily and weekly radio spots on national radio and internationally on the USA Radio Network and internet radio.

An expert on terrorism, Halpern has been invited for consultations in the White House with terror analysts and has addressed conferences sponsored by the Justice Department. He has also contributed religious commentary for CNN and ABC television.

His essays, published in book form, heralded the millennium and are entitled On-Line with Israel at the Millennium: Insights into Life and Religion. Halpern also conducted a weekly radio program entitled This Week in History for Jerusalem Radio.
Micah taught at Yale University and was a long-standing educator with Young Judaea. He has also taught at Brandeis University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Halpern continues to lecture to student groups in the fields of political terror and world terrorism, Middle East dynamics, Jewish history, Holocaust, Zionism and Israeli society and politics.

For fun, Micah Halpern writes a column on Kosher wines. He is one of the only exclusively kosher wine reviewers in the world.

A native of Annapolis, he currently resides in New York City.

Entries by Micah D. Halpern

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:06 PM

The White House and the State Department are livid -- Congress even more so. They are furious with the Palestinians. And the Palestinians don't care; the Palestinians are elated.

Palestinian leadership scored a big win against Washington and Israel this past week and they are poised to make the most...

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No More Tweets From Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Turkey is on the eve of national municipal elections.

As March 30th, the day of the elections nears, pressure mounts. These municipal elections are a referendum on Erdogan and his leadership. While he is not personally running in this election, everyone in the country is, by proxy, either voting...

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Agreements to Protect - Fail to Protect

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Have you ever heard of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances? Here's a hint. It was signed in Budapest, in 1994. My guess is, probably not.

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was an agreement wherein the Ukraine agreed to dismantle all nuclear weapons in exchange for security...

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Israel: Now a Gas Exporter

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Israel is now an energy exporter. Israel is now exporting natural gas and will soon become one of the largest natural gas suppliers in the world. This new reality is likely to change the entire economy of the Middle East. In fact, it just might reshape the entire...

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Bitcoins Going Crazy in Israel

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 7:25 AM

Bitcoin, the new currency traded only online, has been met with skepticism and hesitation by many people in many parts of the world. Not so in Israel. In Israel, Bitcoins rule.

Unveiled to the public on January 3, 2009, the Bitcoin uses open source software and creates a digital currency...

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Cyber Break-in @ IDF

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:58 AM

According to a report by the private security firm Seculert, 15 Israeli defense computers were hacked and taken over by an aggressor. The cyber attack went on for several days.

The only official comment the Israeli establishment has made about the incident has been a 'no comment'. As...

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Ugly Racist Chants at Soccer Game

(6) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:16 AM

It is easy to discount football hooliganism as a marginal issue. Call it an irrelevance ... Excitement of the moment...Over enthusiasm ... Machismo.

Not so with racism. Racism must be condemned everywhere and every time it occurs -- even in a sports arena and especially when it is turned...

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'Reverse Nazi Salute' Is All the Rage

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 6:37 PM

No news item or news event has disturbed me so much in a very long time.

I have spent several hours researching and investigating a new symbol of blatant and despicable anti-Semitism. It is called a "quenelle." A quenelle is a French pastry. But this is neither sweet nor tasteful....

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Season of Tradition: Not Anti-Semitism

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 11:21 AM

December 20 2013.

Dumbstruck. Flummoxed. I cannot believe what I have just read.

I just read the lyrics of the Romania Christmas Carol performed by a folk ensemble named Dor Transilvan on Romania public television.

In the song the carolers proclaim that Jews killed Jesus. They sing that...

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Pact With Iran -- Now That the Dust Settled

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:46 PM

The agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran is no longer claiming a place on the front pages of websites and newspapers. As the clamor dissipates, surprising diplomatic details are emerging from the agreement.

These details lend a more realistic understanding to the tone and tenor of the agreement. Most...

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Oops, We Beheaded the Wrong Guy!

(9) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Oops!

Some mistakes you just cannot take back and correct.

Al Qaeda of Iraq and Syria beheaded someone whom they believed to be the leader of President Assad's forces. They cut off his head and held it up in the town square in Aleppo. The entire event was filmed and...

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Where Is the Ayatollah?

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:46 PM

When a leader like Iran's Grand Ayatollah Khamenei does not appear in public for three weeks, and when the Iranian press reports that he collapsed in a meeting and was taken to a hospital, the intelligence community starts making all kinds of assumptions and conjectures.

It had been

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Iran Outwits the U.S.

(139) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Iran is out maneuvering and out witting the United States and the West at almost every twist and turn.

The reason is simple -- and sad.

Iran understands the West far, far better than the West understands Iran. The Iranians have made the effort to study the West culturally,...

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Tale of A Handshake -- Obama and Rouhani

(36) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:08 PM

So much emphasis was placed on a handshake. Or rather, the lack thereof.

Would they shake hands? Where would they shake hands? Who would or should or could see them shake hands? The non-hand shake took months of preparation. The speech was a missed opportunity, the luncheon another missed...

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Russia's POV & an All Around Win

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Conversations, debates, op-eds and editorials will continue for the next few days. Doctoral dissertations on the evolution of the deal and the de-evolution of world powers and the role of the international community will be written. But the deal with Syria is moving -- it will not be derailed.

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Iran's Teaching Hacking in High School

(9) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Courses in computer hacking will be added to the senior high school curriculum in Iran. The announcement was made in mid-August, in order, I assume, to drum up interest and excitement. The Iranians want to enlist high school students to hack foreign drones. I kid you not, this is real.

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U.S. Overreaction Handed Win to al Qaeda

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 9:49 AM

United States embassies in the Middle East are now open. It is back to business as usual. The terror alert that shut them down has dissipated. Now it is time for us to evaluate the actions and reactions of the United States that resulted in the decision to shutter those...

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Birds -- Israel's New Spies

(85) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 1:32 PM

It happened in Iran. It happened in several of the Gulf States. And now it happened in Turkey.

A bird with an Israeli tag was arrested for espionage.

The bird was thought to be a spy, it was thought to be carrying cameras and microchips and perhaps even explosives....

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The Tech Geeks Are Israel's War Heroes

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The Israel Defense Forces, the IDF, is making significant hardware cuts. The story was reported on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in other papers around the country.

They are preparing for a different kind of warfare than the warfare that propelled Israel's...

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Young Revolt in the Land of Pharaohs

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 10:17 PM

Egypt. Make no mistake about it: The revolt that took place as we witnessed it in real time was all about youth and hope for the future. That's the reason for the successful revolution in Egypt. That explains the millions of Egyptians massing together, chanting and protesting, in Tahrir Square.

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