The Montana incest/rape victim did not receive justice because the minor child, violated by her own father, could not find anyone to speak in her favor. Not even her own mother, who pleaded the judge to have mercy on the rapist because his two sons needed him.To say that the judge gave the rapist a… Continue reading An example of what is at stake in this election
I am infuriated about this atrocious act of hate in #Orlando #Florida and concerned about retaliation and escalation of violence and hate against both the LGBT and Muslim communities. Let me be clear, hate and discrimination against the LGBT community is a common practice of bigots of all faiths, it is not foreign to the… Continue reading Orlando Massacre: Hate, Extremism and Gun Proliferation
Observing and talking to different people the past few days, I could not help this reflection: mothers and parents of girls are more likely to appreciate the historic moment of Hillary Clinton's nomination than mothers/parents of boys. It seems that, mothers in particular, need to be reminded of all the things they were told they… Continue reading Why Hillary’s win is important to girls, women around the world
A beautiful and well-researched piece by Joe Dyke documenting the Lebanese migration to Brazil from the late 1800s till today… Published in the Executive Magazine, July 2014
I have recently completed a month-long trip to Brazil in which I was reporting extensively on the Lebanese-Brazilian diaspora (and watching the World Cup!) For those that don’t know, there are perhaps twice as many Brazilians of Lebanese descent as there are people inside Lebanon itself. They are also hugely powerful and economically successful.
As such I spent a few weeks meeting senior Lebanese-Brazilians, including an interview with Michel Temer – Brazil’s vice-president. I also wrote an extensive history of Lebanese emmigration to Brazil, which was fascinating to research and write. I have copied and pasted the first part of it below.
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Lebanese Migration (1880–Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors (published in Viewpoints Special Edition, Migration and the Mashreq, The Middle East Institute – Washington DC, April 2010, pp. 13 – 17.) Middle East Institute, Washington DC The earliest traces of modern Syro-Lebanese migration date to the 1850s with Anthonius Al-Bishalani, who migrated to the United States. However, scholars consider the… Continue reading Lebanese Migration (1880–Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors