Letters from America

An article series for Al-Modon newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. Read the columns in Arabic here.


Beirut: “Takes a Licking, but Keeps on Ticking” (Like a Bomb)

Beirut: “Takes a Licking, but Keeps on Ticking” (Like a Bomb)

I asked my brother-in-law “What does ‘Beirut’ mean?” He had just finished telling me about Beirut’s repeated phoenix-like rise from fires, calamities, and even an earthquake that had destroyed a Roman law school here in the year 551. He smiled and said “Beirut means ‘takes a licking but keeps on ticking’!”

Lockdown Haikus

Lockdown Haikus

With my weekly column on indefinite hold, why not use this blog for other types of writing–poetry, recipes, reflections, humor, and of course the occasional political rant? With no further ado, I give you lockdown haikus, illustrated with photos from my Instagram account.

A Failed and Dystopian State

A Failed and Dystopian State

Although Donald Trump inherited a fractured and unequal system upon taking office, his administration has exacerbated America’s profound dysfunction in novel ways, that, in conjunction with this novel corona virus, have irreparably broken the United States socially, economically, and politically.

Electoral Politics in the Shadow of COVID-19

Electoral Politics in the Shadow of COVID-19

Just three days ago, COVID-19 was not a key election campaign issue, but now it’s at the very center of public concern and political debate, particularly since the Trump administration seems intent on handling the crisis as badly as possible.

Angry America

Angry America

America has unquestionably entered its darkest hour. A mad king presides over an angry populace, facts are up for debate, and the rule of law is in tatters.