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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

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, Civil War vet William Smart, who was widowed and left to raise his six children. She also wanted to dispel the stereotype that all men were lazy, sleazy and drunk. (Associated Press/File)

Father’s Day: Dads matter too

It's never been easy to be a man. Once upon a time men had to stand at the mouth of the cave, protecting their women and children from roving predatory beasts. (Come to think of it, some of that job still remains!) Published June 12, 2017

A floral tribute in the London Bridge area following Saturday's attack in London, Monday, June 5, 2017. Police arrested several people and are widening their investigation after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed several people and injured more than 40 others in the heart of London on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Enough is enough: terror slogans, terror policy

If you were to ask Jane Q. Public, she would probably say, "All we want is to be left alone. We want to live in peace. But when evil is dedicated against us, we have no choice. We must act." Published June 5, 2017

Illustration on Memorial Day by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Memorial Day: Support the Taylor Force Act

On Memorial Day, when we honor those who died to keep Americans safe, it seems most fitting to consider the complex issue of danger and safety in our present world. Published May 28, 2017

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

Trump in Israel 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

This Feb. 6, 2017, screen shot shows a website that falsely implies that it is from ABC News. The site is actually an imposter pedaling stories that aren't true and is an example North Carolina teacher Bill Ferriter gives to his students when teaching them to question whether a story could possibly be true and to look at web addresses and authors for hints that stories might be bogus. A “.co” at the end of an impostor news site web address should have been a red flag, Ferriter said. (AP Photo)

Press freedom under fire

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.

Republican health care victory lap is a disgrace

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

Handcuffs lay on a table in this file photo from March 2015. A First Amendment group is springing into action after reports that two UConn students were arrested essentially for having shouted racist epithets in public, a violation of their free speech rights, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) **FILE**

Working women, prostitution, the law

Last week's International Women's Day started me thinking about the world of women's work, including the women's work we seldom talk about: prostitution. Published March 13, 2017

Illustration Defense Spending by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

US military wasting 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

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

Uncertainty, chaos and liberty

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) ** FILE **

Trump, Founding Fathers, elitists

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)

Media 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