Here are the Blogs in the Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
by Nidra Poller
[This text, commissioned by the online revue Midah, was published in Hebrew translation on July 16, 2016]
The 14 juillet National Holiday fireworks were over, the horror began in Nice. A 19-ton semi-trailer truck went around the barrier and barreled down the famous beachfront Promenade ...Read More...
Posted on 07/20/2016 4:19 AM by Nidra Poller
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Sometimes, we Americans laugh at announcements to watch for suspicious behavior and unattended bags at airports and in other public places; but in India, where serious terrorist attacks have been no stranger, we just saw very clearly how seriously we should take these calls.
On February 10, police ...Read More...
Posted on 03/17/2013 11:18 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Friday, 22 February 2013
India was knocked on its heels yesterday by two terrorist blasts in the southern city of Hyderabad. The bombs were timed to explode consecutively beginning at 7pm local time at two crowded sites in the city of 7 million people. At this point, there are 20 killed and 30 injured, but those numbers are ...Read More...
Posted on 02/22/2013 7:17 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
It seems that the United States is not the only country with officials on the left who believe that they can continue their uncontrolled spending so long as they define their wealthy citizens’ “fair share” high enough. Writing in the Times of India, columnist Lubna Kably, calls ...Read More...
Posted on 02/13/2013 12:51 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
By Dr. Richard L. Benkin, reporting from India
Indian Conservatives are about to do what US Conservatives refused to do for the last eight years. During the 2008 and 2012 primaries, Conservatives were split over what kind of Conservative to nominate. One faction insisted on someone identified ...Read More...
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:36 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Thursday, 15 November 2012
The 2012 election results convinced me that we—Conservatives—are in the minority, at least among those who voted this year. It did not, however, convince me that Big Brother socialism and more government will solve our problems at home; and it did not convince me that US weakness and ...Read More...
Posted on 11/15/2012 8:07 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Sunday, 11 December 2011
If I hear President Obama or his supporters tell me one more time that raising taxes on the “rich” is only a matter of “fairness,” it is quite possible that my head will explode. As it turns out, you see, I could very well be what they call rich; not that any real people ...Read More...
Posted on 12/11/2011 1:17 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Friday, 29 July 2011
Rep. Robert Dold spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 440, a bill that promotes religious freedom and human rights in volatile regions of the near east and south central Asia.
Posted on 07/29/2011 11:32 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Okay, we have heard it again and again since President Barack Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East. The President’s backers keep telling us that he added nothing new when in that speech he said that a Mideast peace agreement would be based on the 1967 Israeli borders with “mutually ...Read More...
Posted on 05/21/2011 5:41 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Thursday, 10 March 2011
When I tell people I do human rights work, they immediately assume I am some sort of leftist. (Now, if people also know that I have a Ph.D. from an Ivy League University, live in Chicago, am a vegetarian, and am also Jewish; it seems impossible for me to be anything else.) Their assumption is ...Read More...
Posted on 03/10/2011 7:54 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Sunday, 7 November 2010
A big question on many minds the day after last week's election was whether its results will bring cooperation among Democrats and Republicans to move America forward or gridlock and a lack of progress; but there is a more important question that must be answered first: Will House and Senate Tea ...Read More...
Posted on 11/07/2010 8:57 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Monday, 25 October 2010
A sign hanging over the entrance to the Bhadrakali Women's Camp in West Bengal (WB) states that since 1969, the camp has been affiliated with the United Central Refugee Council, a wing of the ruling Communist Party (CPIM). Yet, far from being treated as protected wards, camp residents are seen ...Read More...
Posted on 10/25/2010 4:07 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
We all remember how liberals tried to justify their recent bailout to states and localities. It was going to do things like save teachers' jobs and pay for all sorts of other "needed" services. But its real impact was to enable the ever-increasing out of control spending we have at the state ...Read More...
Posted on 10/13/2010 7:50 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
For weeks, the Jewish community of Chicago’s North and Northwest suburbs had been looking forward to hearing their candidates for the US House and Senate debate one another in a “Candidates Forum” about Israel, the Middle East, and related security matters. While the community ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2010 11:18 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
On February 15, 2010, I sat in a cab while it made its way through a traffic-clogged Kolkata to the office of Bimal Pramanik director of the Kolkata-based Centre for Research in Indo-Bangladesh Relations. Pramanik expressed serious concerns about the decades-long pattern of demographic changes ...Read More...
Posted on 07/07/2010 5:56 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Whenever I tell people I “do human rights work,” they automatically assume I am some sort of leftist. People who know me find that hilarious; but it is rather tragic at the same time because it reflects the fact that the left has imposed its own definition of what does and does not ...Read More...
Posted on 06/08/2010 4:48 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Monday, 15 March 2010
Gary Ackerman is a 14-term Democratic Congressman, representing New York’s fifth district, which includes parts of Queens and Long Island. And as such, Ackerman holds the panoply of positions one would expect from a New York Democrat. He strongly supports current legislation that would ...Read More...
Posted on 03/15/2010 5:18 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Conservatives are at a crossroads, poised to do one of two things. We will take back our country and restore the values and policies that have made us great; or we will blow that historic obligation out of our own sense of hubris. One of the most devastating mistakes made by the Obama administration ...Read More...
Posted on 03/14/2010 12:35 PM by Richard L. Benkin
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
This is an amazing time to be in India. Last week, tensions here heated white hot when Pakistan refused to hold long overdue talks with India about the former’s role in the Mumbai terror attacks. At the same time, the government continued its offensive against communist rebels who have been ...Read More...
Posted on 02/16/2010 6:20 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Sunday, 14 February 2010
We know David Headley has been charged with helping to set up the Mumbai massacre. Now there is evidence he may have had a hand in the latest terror attack in India, though he has been behind bars in the U.S. since November.
Islamic terrorist struck India yesterday, bringing death and ...Read More...
Posted on 02/14/2010 6:56 AM by Richard L. Benkin
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Pakistan has agreed to hold talks with India—sort of. The office of Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani released the following statement. “It was decided that foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries would be held on February 25 in New Delhi.” The ...Read More...
Posted on 02/13/2010 7:16 AM by Richard L. Benkin