Ways to HELP Syrian Refugees

12 million Syrians – half of Syria’s population from a country about the size of North Dakota – have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. That’s more than the 10 million people who live in Los Angeles County. Almost 70% of these refugees are women and children, according […] Read more »

ARGONAUT NEWS: Life Beyond Politics

Sometimes to find yourself you have to leave everything else behind… http://argonautnews.com/living-large-in-limbo-life-beyond-politics/ I got into politics to change the world. I got out of it when politics changed me. For 30 years I was a political activist living in Santa Monica, working with dynamic women to help create Heal the Bay, preserve the Ballona Wetlands […] Read more »

IRAQ: How the U.S. Can Stop ISIS – Peacefully

Before we hear Pres. Obama’s national address tonight, where he is expected to make the case for a “limited,” three-year “boots on the ground” reinvasion of Iraq (in addition to the 1,000 troops currently stationed there), let’s hit the pause button and consider non-military options. Yes, ISIS, a brutal offshoot of al-Qaeda that stretches from […] Read more »

SYRIA: “Tell the American Government It’s Not Your Business!”

Nina Simone’s version of “Ooh Child, Things Are Gonna Get Easier” [www.youtube.com/watch?v=6odkM5o038A] keeps running through my mind tonight after an exhilarating afternoon of interviewing 4 smart, articulate, challenging Syrian teenagers who are in Lebanon for a week-long church retreat in the mountains above Beirut. Following the sarin gas attack, these teens braved closed roads, dicey […] Read more »

SYRIA: US Caught between Iraq and a Hard Spot

I’ve incorporated a new phrase into my sparse Arabic vocabulary: Ana aasfe. I’m sorry. Seems I’m apologizing a lot of late to Lebanese who (usually loudly and forcefully) insist the Syrian civil war is the US’s fault. “Obama is a murderer!” bellowed one Lebanese friend. “This is all the fault of the US!” a local […] Read more »

LEBANON: Of Sons & Sunflowers

We stand in the shadow of the mosque, the muezzin crying out his forlorn afternoon prayers as if he were searching for a lost place. I survey the neat rows of tents planted on the dusty parking lot and wonder how to tell the story of these Syrian refugees. The numbers are overwhelming. The stories […] Read more »

SYRIA: Congratulations, Samer Laham!

Tomorrow, Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter. I follow this because my trip to Damascus in 2008 was at the invitation of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and does blue cross cover cialis All the East, specifically a dynamo of a man viagra effectiveness over time named Samer Laham. Samer was just named Humanitarian of […] Read more »