Monthly Archives: August 2016

RIP, Jack Shirley

In February 2015, I interviewed Levi “Jack” Shirley, an American who was in the process of moving to Syria to fight ISIS with the YPG, for a Rockland County Times article. He used a nom du guerre at the time … Continue reading

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Jordanian artist critiques election candidates, draws them as superheroes

In light of my pending move back to Amman, I thought I’d hit the ground running with some election coverage, albeit in an off-beat way. Here’s my interview with Jordanian artist Mohammad Mansour, who drew September election candidates as superheroes … Continue reading

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Who are the Iraqi Turkmen?

Iraqi Turkmen have been at the heart of ISIS’s persecution of minorities, but unlike Christians and Yazidis, you probably never heard of them. Hopefully that will change when you read this. Based on an interview with a Turkmen activist and … Continue reading

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Teaching guitar and mandolin to Syrian refugees

Second foray into travel writing. This is on my experience teaching Syrian refugee kids guitar and mandolin in Amman, Jordan. If God wills (or maybe still if he doesn’t) I’ll be back teaching them again soon.

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NGOs struggle to deliver aid after rebels break Aleppo siege

Rebel groups have broken the government siege of east Aleppo, but fighting remains too intense for NGOs to deliver aid. Some civilians have delivered aid from other parts of Syria, and rebels now have government-controlled west Aleppo under siege as … Continue reading

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Lebanon-born, Brazil-raised judo star seeks Gold for Lebanon at Rio 2016

My first foray into sports journalism. I spoke to Nacif Elias, the judo star who will carry Lebanon’s flag at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Born in Lebanon, he grew up in Brazil where millions of people claim Lebanese descent, … Continue reading

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