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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Leonardo would not have objected. (Photo: Ian Burt) Views
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Make Masks Mandatory in All Public Spaces
In the last 10 years either Flagler County or its cities, or all of them together, have banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. They banned the sale of vaping products to people under 21. They tried to regulate out of existence pill mills and Internet cafes until the state...
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Palm Coast’s enormous food distribution to some 5,000 families in need on May 2. (Photo: © FlaglerLive) Views
Monday, May 18, 2020
Food Drops Are Not Enough. Expand Food Stamps Programs Now.
The enormous food drop in Palm Coast for thousands of families at the beginning of the month was inspiring. So was a local business like Verdego devoting four days’ worth of revenue , their entire revenue, to a donation to Grace Community Food Pantry. So, of course, is Grace Community’s work on...
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There was no hesitation in sending them to their death so others could live: the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, in Normandy. (© FlaglerLive) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
How Many Deaths Can We Live With?
In late March Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was criticized for saying that as a 70-year-old man at high risk for complications from Covid-19, he’d be willing to risk his own death in exchange for reopening the economy. He claims many other senior citizens think the same way. The criticism was...
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It took a few days for this latest unpresidential derangement syndrome to seem like it was working itself out, so that by Thursday Bubo-in-Chief was punting the decision back to governors as his transformation of America into the Houston Astrodome circa 2005 pivoted to fresher scapegoats. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite) Views
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
American Carnage: How Donald Trump Is Killing Us
The coronavirus has mutated into ideological variants. Its virulence is now worse than before, this time from our own doing. Fighting it as a united front was battle enough, exhausting and deadly. Fighting it while battling an uprising of premature abnegators undermining, defying and deriding virus...
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President Donald Trump Views
Sunday, January 12, 2020
American Impotence: Trump's Assassination of Soleimani Masks Broad Retreat
Is Donald Trump mad? Yes. At least he'd like his opponents, in this case Iran, to think so. It's not a novel strategy. He's borrowing it from Nixon's playbook . During the Vietnam War Nixon had his aides make Soviet and North Vietnam's leaders believe that he was so unpredictable that he could...
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Before the manic response to school shootings and the madness of zero-tolerance, those students would have been counseled and redirected, but not expelled. Views
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Stop Criminalizing Children in the Name of School Security
We went this first week of school so far this year without one of those moronic incidents typical of the occasional adolescent, typical of last school year, when it seemed we had some of these every few days: no SnapChat banter of an impending assault on any school, no bigoted threats against a...
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School teachers and administrators fire their guns during the FASTER Level 2 two day firearms course at Flatrock Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado on August 10, 2019. (Photo: Jason Connolly / AFP) Views
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Of Course Guns Have Nothing To Do With It. Nothing.
Of course guns have nothing to do with it. Nothing to do with the 22 people massacred at the El Paso Walmart and the 10 killed in Dayton’s entertainment district the next night, the eight killed in two mass shootings less than a week earlier at a garlic festival in California and in Wisconsin...
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This country was ruined by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it lost long ago. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Bomb Iran? Pass.
Are you in the mood for another war? I would imagine not. So it’s been puzzling, trying to figure out why we found ourselves ready to launch a massive military strike on Iran last week, only to have Donald Trump of all people change his mind and call it off. Thank you Donald. But when Trump appears...
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Climate change is a slow-burning hurricane swirling over the entire planet. (Photo: FlaglerLive) Views
Monday, June 10, 2019
Green New Deal Me In
In the early 80s the New Yorker ran a three-part series called “ The Fate of the Earth ” by Jonathan Schell. At the time there was a great deal of fear that the world would end in a nuclear holocaust. Ronald Reagan was president. He’d not yet had his epiphany about the horrors of nuclear war. The...
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Julian Assange after being arrested by U.K. authorities in May. Views
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Trump Against the First Amendment
For a time it looked as if the federal government's case against Julian Assange had it right: he was indicted on one count of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network. No matter what one may think about a whistleblower, a journalist or a crusader, breaking and entering is a crime, and it...
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