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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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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Illegal border crossings are at a 45-year low. (Photo: Filippo Minelli) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Trump’s Fabulous Wall Fables
For a month Donald Trump seemed triumphant that he was making life miserable for 800,000 federal workers and their families. His supporters say the same thing about Congressional Democrats. But Trump’s approval was hemorrhaging . It was down to its lowest level in a year, the disapproval beginning...
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Flashback: John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden Views
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Flashback: Democrats’ Arafat Complex
I’ve been looking at lists of 2020 prospects for Democratic hopefuls to unseat Donald Trump in 2020 and getting flashbacks to pre-internet antiquity when those same Tussaud Museum pieces wagged animatronically from cathode-ray tube TV sets with a relevance as presumed then as it is now: John Kerry...
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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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