Author: Joelle

Discovering The Upside Of Anger

Mike Binder’s 2005 dramedy The Upside of Anger is on my list of all-time favorite movies. Everytime I watch it, I’m reminded why it has remained on my list over...

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...

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...

How We Are Undone By Each Other

In Undoing Gender, her 2004 book of reflections on gender and sexuality, Judith Butler writes about how we deeply affect each other. Let’s face it. We’re undone by each other....

Marching For Domestic Violence Legislation

On February 24, 2013, several hundred protesters marched on the streets of Beirut to call on the Lebanese parliament to pass the Law to Protect Women from Family Violence, which...

Why I Left Facebook

On January 16, 2013, I deactivated my Facebook account. I’m not the first one to do so, and I’m sure I won’t be the last. Before I deactivated my account,...

All I Want For My Birthday This Year

Some time this January, I’ll be turning one year older. So for my birthday in 2013, all I want is to go on a discovery road trip across Lebanon. Who...

What Recognition Can Do

There’s a huge power in acknowledgment, recognition and praise, but because we are often uncomfortable with it, we avoid it. And when we avoid it, we rob ourselves and others...