Author: Joelle

President Barack Obama answers questions at a press conference at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama, Syria And The Groupthink Trap

In 2008, when Barack Obama announced his national security team for his first term in office, he explicitly went on record as saying that he wanted to appoint a team…

The Pyramid of Doom

The Pyramid Of Doom

I spotted this stencil on one of the metal boards aligning the old Vendome Stairs in Mar Mikhael. It’s such a loaded visual. I see in it a hierarchy and intersectionality of power dynamics…

The Weaponization Of Human Rights

On June 5, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Samantha Power as UN Ambassador. On June 6, 2013, CounterPunch ran a profile of Power entitled “Samantha Power and the Weaponization of Human Rights”, which...

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Emotions Are Positive

When we think about emotions, we tend only to think about the negative ones – fear, anger and distress. But this is because the mass media over-emphasizes negative emotions and...

Dealing With Prejudice

Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity. — Ellen Ullman, former software engineer and author of...