Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Revisiting "The Cotton Club"

Despite its flaws, I've always loved Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 film "The Cotton Club." As a gangster flick, a love story, and a musical--it works on all levels (although sometimes I wish the fabulous musical numbers had more screen time). And the soundtrack, which consists mostly of Duke Ellington recreations, is fantastic. I just wish it included Richard Gere playing a mean Cornet alongside Diane Lane singing "Am I Blue?" and Gregory Hines and his brother, Maurice Hines, singing "Crazy Rhythm."

After misplacing an old cassette tape version, I finally relented and bought the CD via Amazon (can't find it in downloadable format) and I'm in love all over again. While there are too many great songs to share here, this is one of my favorites, a gorgeous Lonette McKee singing "Ill Wind."

Friday, March 09, 2012

Pipes Makes the Case for Not Intervening in Syria, and I Agree

I agree with my Middle East Forum colleague Daniel Pipes on this: "Syria: Arguing for U.S. Inaction." Initially, I felt we should intervene in Syria--especially over Libya--for strategic reasons, the Assad regime having been an arch enemy of the U.S. and our ally Israel. But having seen the rise of Islamism and/or chaos in the region after these regimes are toppled, I no longer feel this would be in our interest. And we can't fix every humanitarian disaster in the world. Mostly though, the ingratitude and, at times, hostility of those we've helped achieve regime change has convinced me that we're damned if we do, damned if we don't. So let's don't.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Quoted in 'Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews'

I'm pleased to note that Campus Watch and its founder Daniel Pipes are cited several times, and one of my articles is quoted, in Richard Cravatts (president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East)'s January 2012 book, "Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews." Those who are interested can find the citations via Amazon.com's "Search Inside This Book" feature or better yet, by buying the book. It's certainly a subject whose time has come.