A selection of my published print stories.
Gay Apps Must Act To Stop Entrapment Around The World
Huffington Post Queer Voices, October 28, 2017.
Like Facebook’s hesitation to admit its role in the promotion and distribution of propaganda during last year’s election, gay apps are loath to admit that their platforms are a main conduit for state violence against queer people. But in the eight years since these apps have existed, it is clear that they are.
It’s time to start demanding that all gay apps take proactive steps to protect their users from unfriendly governments everywhere they are. These apps can make a difference.
The Pill Truvada Can Prevent HIV/AIDS, and for Some, That’s a Problem
Newsweek, October 10, 2014.
“It’s no longer a sufficient public health policy to solely rely on condoms to prevent HIV,” said Staley, whose ACT UP New York days involved a famous 1989 protest in the aisle of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to protest the Catholic Church’s rejection of condom use. “We have to look at other options.”
Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find An Unwanted Feature: It Bends
NPR, All Tech Considered. Sept 24, 2014
Some users of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are finding that their superslim glass and aluminum devices aren’t holding up well in a less harsh environment: their pockets. Under the combined stress of human weight and a pair of tight pants, the phones are bending, usually around the volume buttons where the aluminum casing is thinnest.
Pop, Sex and Politics
The Economist. September 10, 2013.
MASHROU’ LEILA, a Lebanese indie band, dances all over conventions of Arab pop culture. The lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay; the lyrics are sung in a Lebanese dialect that is laced with obscenities and politics; the group does not have a record label.
Sleepy no more
The Economist. April 5, 2013.
UNTIL recently Duqm was a dusty fishing village and little else. Home to Bedouin tribes, it lies some 450km (280 miles) south of Muscat, Oman’s capital, in the poor and empty Wustah governorate. But the earthmoving bulldozers are now working flat out. In the next decade, Duqm is supposed to be turned into a vast port and international business hub.
Brushes with barbed wire
The Sunday Times Magazine (London). October 3, 2010.
They are images of seascapes, landscapes and rambling Middle Eastern lanes in pastel and crayon. A study of a sliced watermelon in oil pastel, a lesson in vanishing points in coloured pencil. The pieces hanging on the wall would nicely span the range of skills present in an amateur art class. Except that this exhibition of student work took place at the world’s most notorious maximum-security prison, Guantanamo Bay.
First Guantanamo trial under Obama begins
GlobalPost. August 12, 2010.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Thirteen hundred miles from Washington, on a sun-drenched corner of this iguana-dotted island, the U.S. military is gearing up for the trial of the youngest and last Western detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
The trial of Omar Khadr, 23, opened here Monday. Khadr was detained in Afghanistan in 2002, and is accused of murdering a U.S. soldier, conspiracy, spying and other charges.
What’s going on in Beirut?
Slate. January 13, 2011.
BEIRUT—On Wednesday, Hezbollah and its allies abruptly withdrew from the Lebanese Cabinet, forcing the collapse of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government just moments after he finished meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington.
What may seem like mere parliamentary maneuvering in a country about the size and population of Connecticut was actually the climax of a yearslong drama rife with murder, international conspiracy, espionage, backstabbing, and whisper campaigns.