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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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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Charlie Craig and David Mullins. (ACLU) Views
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wedding Cake Bigotry: "We Don’t Serve Gays"
Religious belief is often used as a veil for discrimination. Islam and the Catholic Church for a millennium competed in treating each other’s infidels as lesser human beings. Too many parts of Dar-al-Islam (and Dar-al-Trumpland) still do. American slave-holders for four centuries justified their...
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
An Aryan Ass Vomits At UF
I remember back in 2010 and 11 writing about the bogus Reverend Terry Jones of Gainesville. You may remember the idiot. He’s the one who held those “Burn a Koran Day” and drew all sorts of unfortunate attention to Gainesville and Florida while triggering riots in Afghanistan that ended up killing...
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Until the next massacre. A vigil in Philadelphia for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Views
Monday, October 09, 2017
Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out
Five days ago President Trump tweeted how proud he was of “our great Country.” I’m not so proud. At least not this week, or last week, or the week before, when Puerto Rico was drowning and his energies were focused on slurring black football players taking a knee, then insulting a Latino mayor...
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Kim Jong-Trump
There is no pre-emptive military option against North Korea. None. No first strike, no Syria-style “surgical” message, no Israeli-style Osirak bombast , no special-ops bravura. Not unless we’re prepared for immediately triggering war and causing hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of deaths...
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The clue to Trump’s victories: Richard Nixon in 1968. Views
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Trump Will Win In 2020
Almost a year into his presidency in 1969 Richard Nixon looked like he would not finish his first term. Nothing was working, abroad or at home. Members of his national security staff were quitting in droves over Vietnam, and because they couldn’t stand H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's Berlin Wall of a chief...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
When a President’s Tweets Ape the Squeals of a Swine
What struck me in Donald Trump’s latest hurl of tweets, among other foulness, was the time of the tweets: around 9 a.m., when most of us have already been neck-deep in work for a few hours. What is this president’s chief of staff doing, if anything, that would make it possible for the “leader of...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
I Wasn't Saying This Before, But Now I Am: Not My President
For the past 112 days–yes, I am counting the days: aren’t we all?–I’ve lived under the pretense that Donald Trump is my president. I didn’t vote for him, but James Comey elected him fair and square, and from Jan. 20 on, the point was settled. We don’t have to agree with the man to respect the...
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