Why Lebanon May Be ISIS’s Next Target

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 4, 2015. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is sometimes referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The term Levant refers to the geographic region in the Middle East that includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate outside of … [Read more...]

Calling All Lebanese

This blog was originally posted in┬áThe Huffington Post on November 25, 2013. The most under-reported aspect of the civil war in Syria is the monumental refugee crisis in Lebanon. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that over 2.2 million Syrians have fled their country. 824,000 people have sought refuge in neighboring Lebanon. Other sources … [Read more...]

The Lost Art of the Candy Aesthetic

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on September 20, 2013. Next time you're in the grocery store, take a good look at the chocolate candy on the shelves. See anything different? Probably not. That's because the popular chocolates we're used to seeing have been super-sized, miniaturized and personalized. One of this season's "new" products is Raspberry … [Read more...]

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This blog first appeared on April 24, 2013 in The Huffington Post. Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an … [Read more...]