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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

Faith, family, spiritual, traditional values

America has always been a spiritually creative country. From the insights of the Founding Fathers to the various historical periods of "great awakenings," America has been a startup nation for repackaging the spiritual impulse. Published November 13, 2017

Mourners participate during a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas church massacre against Christians

We have barely begun to mourn our freshly dead, the latest American victims of rage and hate and guns, massacred at a worship service in their Texas church. Published November 6, 2017

Mobster Al Capone, here in 1931, got away with gambling and selling alcohol during Prohibition because he had a tight grip on City Hall. His men were known to roam the building looking for favors. (Associated Press)

Las Vegas shooting, criminal minds

A nation bewildered and stunned by the carnage in Las Vegas searches for answers and hints of explanations but so far has found none. Published October 10, 2017

Aging Americans can’t afford retirement

Having failed dismally to replace Obamacare with an improved plan, Congress and the tweet-addled, highly distractible media have moved on to other issues, shiny and new. They seem happy to disregard health care in general, and the aging population in particular, as these two related and complex issues require time, effort and thought. Published October 2, 2017

Hurricanes, natural disasters, survivalists

"I feel like we're facing a major catastrophe," said my anxious neighbor, "like we're all pretending that everything's OK, since we can't do anything to prevent it, anyway." Published September 25, 2017

This Saturday, July 21, 2012, photo shows signage at the corporate headquarters of Equifax Inc. in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Equifax: Corporate criminals should be locked up

Imagine a neighbor who quietly lifted your house key, made a copy and returned the original, all behind your back. Now imagine that he labeled your key with your home address and left it in an open box on the street corner. Is that neighbor not culpable when your home is robbed, as it inevitably will be? Published September 20, 2017

Harvey: Houston storm damage, accountability

Why is Houston so vulnerable to epic floods? Because, as the old song said, "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot." (Thank you Joni Mitchell.) Published August 28, 2017

Terrorist lessons from Barcelona

It's been a great week for terrorists. The week that began Aug. 12 with the deadly car-ramming in Charlottesville, Virginia, moved on to see more violence in Europe; from the north, in Finland, to the south, in Spain. Published August 21, 2017

Male sperm count drops dramatically in the West

This alarming finding was announced last week by an international research team: Sperm counts among men in western countries have more than halved in the last 40 years. Published August 7, 2017

In this March 22, 2016 photo, Udai Faisal, an infant suffering from acute malnutrition, who died on March 24, is hospitalized at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate, the economy has been bombed into ruins, hunger is widespread, and a new misery has been added: Cholera, the world’s biggest current outbreak with more than 200,000 cases. (AP Photo/Maad al-Zikry, File)

Climate change is religious imperative

Al Gore's prominence in the climate change discussion has led some in the media to assume that it's strictly a liberal and secular issue. They are wrong. Published July 31, 2017

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. then onto the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Religion in Trump’s America

What is the Trump administration's relationship with organized religion? The White House sends mixed signals. On the one hand, photos of last week's prayer circle in which Evangelical leaders laid hands on the President to invoke God's blessing, showed a president very much at home with religion. Published July 25, 2017

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

Independence Day leadership

Happy Independence Day - a holiday we owe to the visionary signers of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. From the youngest to the oldest - Edward Rutledge was only 26 years old at the time and Ben Franklin was 70 - the signers were people who took the long view. They thought in terms of the distant future; in terms of years and generations, not news cycles. Because of their long view, their leadership was transformative. Published July 3, 2017

A family strolls the scenic overlook in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. (Associated Press)

America anxiety disorder

The true voice of America - the spirit of the age - speaks from its lowest register; the bottom, where anxiety dwells. Published June 26, 2017

In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo, Israeli soldiers train with paintball guns during a drill at an Army base near Elyakim, Israel. Between myriad concrete buildings with Arabic graffiti that are designed to simulate a typical Lebanese village, dozens of Israeli officers are gearing up for their next battle with Hezbollah guerrillas. The drill at a base in northern Israel takes on added significance in the wake of rising tensions between the old adversaries. Arabic reads, "Hezbollah." (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Britain anti-semitism terror attacks

Britain has lost its way, lost its moral compass...and lost its mind. In the midst of a season of repeated and deadly terror attacks, the British decided to permit Hezbollah, Iran's proxy and international terrorist organization, to march in a parade through London on Sunday. Published June 19, 2017