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Renee Garfinkel

Renee Garfinkel

Renee Garfinkel, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and radio host. She currently co-hosts "The Armstrong Williams Show" on Sirius XM Radio. Formerly, Renee hosted a national radio program, "Danger Zone," which aired weekly on Sirius XM Radio and on stations in the U.K. "Danger Zone" dealt with counterterrorism, security and intelligence issues. Renee writes a blog for Psychology Today and divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem.

Articles by Renee Garfinkel

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dateline Israel: Trump amid Jerusalem's jubilee

Many Israel-watchers don't believe in coincidence. As they wait for President Trump to arrive, they ponder the significance of the fact that his visit is happening during the week of Jerusalem's jubilee celebrations. Fifty years ago this week Jerusalem was liberated from Jordan, which had captured it in a war of aggression 19 years earlier. Published May 22, 2017

Journalists worried about press freedom

Journalists from around the world gathered last week at the Jerusalem Press Club for a conference on Freedom of the Press in the Digital Age, with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein as the keynote speaker. Published May 15, 2017

Illustration: GOP Health Care by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

Disgrace in the White House Rose Garden

In my first year as a practicing psychologist, a patient asked, "can you help me get into a nursing home? I know I don't need to be there, but at home I have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. I can't afford both." Published May 8, 2017

This is an undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of Khalid Masood. Authorities identified Masood,  a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

The making of London terrorist Kahlid Masood

How did British-born Adrian Russell Ajao become Kahlid Masood, the terrorist who maimed and murdered innocent people in the heart of London last week? Published March 27, 2017

Illustration Defense Spending by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

U.S. military wasting your money

Financial mismanagement is rampant at the Pentagon. And the Trump administration wants to give them tens of billions dollars more. Published March 7, 2017

Joe Nicoletti and Ronni Newton of the Taconey Holmesburg town watch group pay their respects at a damaged headstone in Mount Carmel cemetery Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said.(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Jewish cemetery desecration is not just vandalism

More than 150 tombstones in a St. Louis Jewish cemetery were vandalized last week. Nearly 100 more were found overturned on Sunday in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Published February 27, 2017

Foundry United Methodist Church in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Elites and religion not what you think

"I walk in prayer," replied my colleague when I asked how she coped with the stress of journalism in the nation's capital these days. Published February 13, 2017

Miss Liberty Gets the Boot Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Attacks on American liberty must be countered

What does it mean for a country to have a presidential adviser say, as Steve Bannon is reported to have said last summer, that he aims to "blow everything up" and "destroy the existing social and political order?" It means uncertainty. Published February 7, 2017

Children wait for transportation after receiving food donated by the World Food Program, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pope Francis, Donald Trump criticize media

It's hard to imagine that Pope Francis and President Trump might have anything in common, but last week they did. The Vatican and the White House both spoke out critically about the media. Published January 30, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, upon winning the presidential election of 1800, called for the putting aside of partisan politics. (White House Historical Association)

Trump, Founding Fathers and the elite

Like all previous presidents in my lifetime, President Trump ran against "Washington" and not incidentally, against the elites. This approach is Campaign Strategy 101 for all first-term candidates who had not been vice president first. Published January 23, 2017

Preparations take place Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Washington, following a rehearsal of the swearing-in ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The media are atwitter, but not to political corruption

With a press in thrall to every Twitter outrage du jour, and the media spotlight trained tightly on the upcoming inauguration and its opposition, there is little national attention left over for what the nation fears most. Corruption. Published January 17, 2017

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, people stand by the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul. These days, with a string of terror attacks targeting Istanbul still fresh in his memory, some residents say they are adapting their daily routines because of fears they could become the latest victims of violent extremism. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Can democracy continue without norms?

2017 is only 10 days old and it has already seen mass murder events across the globe: in Florida and Iraq, in Israel and Turkey, in Egypt and Somalia. Published January 10, 2017

In this Dec. 11, 2016, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem. Netanyahu lashed out at President Barack Obama on Saturday, Dec. 24, accusing him of a "shameful ambush" at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his "friend" President-elect Donald Trump. Netanyahu's comments came a day after the United States broke with past practice and allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP, File)

Obama's U.N. betrayal: Who benefited?

In the Orwellian reality that is the United Nations, peaceful housing construction is criticized as a "flagrant violation" and violent housing destruction is not worth mentioning Published January 2, 2017