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...]

Family Leave Programs Should Favor Women Over Men

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on August 27, 2015 President Obama, during his State of the Union address earlier this year, bemoaned the fact that the United States is the only high-income nation in the world that does not offer a paid maternity leave program. Around Mother's Day, Hillary Clinton released a video passionately declaring her support for … [Read more...]

He Gave Me a Breathalyzer Test That I Couldn’t Refuse

This article was originally posted to The Huffington Post on July 24, 2015. Less than a week after July 4, a day when Americans celebrate our freedom and liberty, Sandra Bland was pulled over for a traffic violation. The lawful traffic stop that escalated into an arrest and culminated in Ms. Bland’s untimely death in a jail cell on July 13 has everyone talking about civil … [Read more...]

An Economic Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on May 20, 2015. Photo credit to Romeo Gacad via Getty Images. "For the displaced of Southeast Asia, the outlook remains dark. Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?" That quote is from an … [Read more...]

Why Power Women Should Stop Writing Memoirs

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on November 20, 2014. 'Tis the season to be shopping for holiday gifts, and books are a perennial favorite. If you're looking for something for that special woman in your life, you'll have plenty of choices. In particular, the sub-genre of "power-woman memoir" has a lot to offer: Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, … [Read more...]

How the Malaysians Used a Skyscraper to Fool the World

This article was first posted to The Huffington Post on September 9, 2014. Photo of the Petronas Towers on The Huffington Post (and to the left) was courtesy of Janis Powers. Never underestimate the power of good marketing. Politicians need it to win elections. Entertainers need it to gain popularity. Musicians need it to sell tickets. Skilled marketers can spin stories … [Read more...]

America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Mothers

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on June 2, 2014. Newsflash to future moms: "We" are not pregnant. Unless your husband or partner is expecting to receive a complimentary uterus at your next ultrasound appointment, you, Oh Pregnant One, are the one with child. You'll have the stretch marks and the splayed pelvis to prove it. Don't let anyone take that away … [Read more...]

Get Your Mosque on at the Hagia Sophia

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2014. Photo also posted on The Huffington Post courtesy of Janis Powers. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is an epic construct for the millennia, currently trapped in the miserable role of museum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was inaugurated as a church in 537, converted to a mosque in 1453, and then … [Read more...]

What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on January 14, 2014. It's 3:00 in the afternoon in Istanbul. I've hit all the major sights and have had a wonderful time wandering the labyrinthine streets on my third day in this world-class cultural mecca. I'm just out of the lesser-visited, but spectacularly-preserved Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. I'm cold. I'm … [Read more...]

Calling All Lebanese

This blog was originally posted in The 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...]