Letters from America

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


Biden’s Foggy Foreign Policy

Biden’s Foggy Foreign Policy

The attrition of the United States’ global hegemony is well underway, and with numerous and serious challenges at home—not least of which is a deeply divided populace roiling with White supremacist ideologies and domestic terrorists in the midst of a brutal pandemic—Biden cannot afford to take his eye off the domestic policy front, even as he and his administration struggle to cobble together a coherent foreign policy agenda.

Changing Frames: Palestinian Lives Matter

Changing Frames: Palestinian Lives Matter

Like it or not, President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party elite are being drawn into a long-overdue debate over US support for Israel. Palestinian Lives Matter. The ground is shifting in Washington in ways that can’t be categorized neatly into either “domestic” or “foreign” policy issues.

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.