Pierre Tristam

Pierre Tristam

Pierre Tristam is a journalist, writer, editor and lecturer. He is currently the editor and publisher of FlaglerLive.com, a non-profit news site in Florida. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, who became an American citizen in 1986, Pierre is one of the United States' only Arab Americans with a regular current affairs column in a mainstream, metropolitan newspaper. Reach him at: ptristam@gmail.com or follow him through twitter: @pierretristam

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DonkeyHotey Views
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Trump’s Responsibility
So it’s all about Donald Trump’s responsibility: is he or is he not responsible for what this latest of esteemed Floridian Cesar Sayoc did, sending pipe bombs to all of Trump’s topmost targets of hate. His supporters say no, of course not—the same supporters who spent the eight Obama years accusing...
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Saturday, October 06, 2018
Saint Kavanaugh
As I was writing this, the FBI report commissioned to canonize Brett Kavanaugh was senators’ favorite one-handed auto-erotic aid this morning. I didn’t yet know what it would say. Not that it was going to make a difference for 96 percent of senators and 100 percent of Americans. With a Trump...
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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Without Fear Or Favor. Or Whining.
Donald Trump thinks any American media unaffiliated with Fox News is the “enemy of the people.” His road show appearances are framed by a great deal of insults for the reporters covering him, who are kept in a cage in whatever venue he’s performing. It’s cheap applause, the way bad comics turn to...
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healthcare rally Views
Saturday, August 11, 2018
It Should Be Criminal to Let Health Insurers Deny Coverage Based on Pre-Existing Conditions
Imagine this scenario. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies are arresting a man for domestic violence. They read him his Miranda rights. Then they ask him a question: Have you been arrested or found guilty of any crime before? The man says yes, he has. A couple of times. Ah, in that case, the cops...
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President Trump and Melania Trump signing a ‘Be Best’ initiative the day after Sen. Senator Jeff Merkley was barred from examining a children’s detention center in Brownsville, Texas. (White House) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Cruel and Usual Trump
I don’t read the Marquis de Sade to beef up on hope for mankind. I know what I’m in for if I pick up “ The 120 Days of Sodom .” For the same reason I know what I’m in for when I pick up the daily papers: I can’t be expecting Eckhart Tolle when I’ve been living the American translation of, so far,...
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"Last Monday the court in its wedding-cake ruling declared gays once again second-class citizens, at least when their sexuality has to compete with someone else’s more stone-throwing version of Christianity." (Gexydaf) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
Pious Homophobes Win One
Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court says is the law of the land. That doesn’t make it the right law. The court’s tradition of superb rulings is also rich in disastrous ones, whether it’s Dred Scott in 1857, the 1896 Plessy-Ferguson consecration of segregation or the 1905 Lochner decision that the...
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Friday, May 25, 2018
Israel’s Mass Shootings
You can always depend on Israel periodically to mass-murder bunches of Arabs in proportions as lopsided and unforgiving as our own mass shootings in the United States, often more so. And as with mass shootings, which we now automatically blame on everything in the known and unknown universe but...
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The featured image under ‘Immigration’ at the White House website has nothing to do with what made America great–its immigrants–but with the heavily armed policing of the border. (Photo: White House website) Views
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Trump’s Census Whitewash
The Declaration of Independence’s idea of all men being created equal was almost accurate in so far as the wording is concerned: if you were a man, if you owned property and if you were white, you were pretty much set. The overwhelming majority of Americans were excluded from the bargain, among...
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"Imagine the industry gained from their integration, from ending police-state tactics that have turned the immigration service into a gang of goonish brown shirts well deserving of their icy acronym."(Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
To Keep America Great, Legalize All Undocumented Immigrants
Several times in history great nations crippled or ended their development by expelling industrious minorities. The United States is doing the same with its immigrants, legal or not. If it’s not been expelling them by the hundreds of thousands a year since the Obama days, and worse now under Trump...
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Alabama Saves The Day. But Not Much Else.
It’s an odd day when Democrats have Alabama to thank for their better fortune. Winning a U.S. senate seat in the state that gave Donald Trump a 62 percent victory margin, narrowing the Republican-Democratic split in the Senate to one and scoring a victory for minorities, women’s dignity and gay...
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