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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

Right-wing Israelis demonstrate across from a left-wing demonstration for Gaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 1, 2018. Israel's defense minister on Sunday rejected international calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza's border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat. But video from the scene showed at least a handful of incidents in which people appear to have been shot either far from the border or while they were not actively rioting. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Gaza reality check

A notorious terrorist entity, Hamas, organized tens of thousands to amass on Israel's border with the goal of breaching the border fence and crossing into Israel. Published April 3, 2018

A fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California at Berkeley campus on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The event was cancelled due to size of the crowd and several fires being set. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Universities are Petri dishes for hate

Universities have been particular targets for the national increase in hate crimes. Even the U.S. Department of Education's own data note the alarming increase. Published March 19, 2018

Illustration on Saudi Arabia and a nuclear Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia and nukes

Saudi Arabia wants to bring more nuclear power to the Middle East. Published March 12, 2018

Religion's journey into TV and film

Do today's celebrity televangelists realize how much of their success is due to Billy Graham - "America's Pastor" - who died on Feb. 2? Published March 5, 2018

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a joint press conference with Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, not in picture, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Haley said Hernandez should increase efforts to establish a dialogue with opposition leaders who claim he stole the November elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

Nikki Haley and the U.N. cesspool

The epicenter of the so-called international community is the moral cesspool of Turtle Bay, headquarters of the United Nations. In that forum of deceit and injustice, one diplomat stands out: Nikki Haley, the outspoken, straight-talking, smart U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Published February 27, 2018

Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding many others in Wednesday's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  in Parkland, which he once attended. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Face it: We're addicted to guns

President Trump generally responds to mass shootings by talking about mental illness. As a psychologist, I note that he gets it almost right. He just fails to correctly identify the patient. Published February 19, 2018

The conservative happiness advantage

We're mad about happiness. A seemingly endless tide of books and videos, blogs and classes overflow with advice on where to find happiness and how to achieve it. Published February 6, 2018

These undated photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department show David Allen Turpin, left, and Louise Anna Turpin. More than $120,000 has been donated to help 13 siblings in California who authorities say were kept chained to beds for months by their parents, the Turpins, and starved so much that their growth was stunted. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

The torturers next door

Is there a torturer living next door to you? When their neighbors, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested for allegedly committing the most heinous crimes of 2018, the community of Perris, California, began struggling with "the banality of evil." How could they have been living next door to a house of torture? Published January 29, 2018

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America's sex obsession

You'd think by now we'd be comfortable about sex, but we're not. Published January 24, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court building

Religion will be a key to politics in 2018

"It's the economy, Stupid!" is a famous slogan reminding presidential campaigns that what drives voters is their pocketbooks. There is truth in that slogan, but not the whole truth. Published January 2, 2018

In this Dec. 6, 2017, photo, Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view on Dec. 15, that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. Although they said the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials, speaking ahead of Pence's trip to the region, essentially ruled out any scenario that didn't maintain Israeli control over the holiest ground in Judaism.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mike Pence on a religious mission

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday, which just happens to be the last day of Hannukah - a holiday that celebrates religious freedom. Published December 18, 2017

Israel is caring for Syria's civil war victims

The peak of Mount Bental in Israel's Golan Heights overlooks Syria, where five years of civil war produced levels of brutal death and destruction reporters refer to as "hell on earth." Published December 11, 2017

Relatives of injured worshippers grieve outside the Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, a day after an attack on a mosque. Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing more than 200 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Heretic! The need for Islamic reform

What will it take to get Islam to reform itself? Will last Friday's cold-blooded slaughter of 305 Egyptian Muslims at prayer in their mosque finally be the tipping point? Published November 27, 2017