Why We Are Obsessed with Donald Trump

I wrote this article in June 2016 but I have chosen not to publish it at the time so not to affiliate myself with or advocate an unpredictable figure such as Donald Trump. Now that the US presidential elections are over, it is safe to approach the Trump phenomenon in a more resealable way. This flat article will argue that Donald Trump is not in any way America’s worst of the worst, not that the man does not pose dangerous threats that must be addressed. Trump, nevertheless, does not break away from the country’s mainstream culture. One might argue that someone like Mr. Trump represents what is wrong with this culture but at the same time, one could also argue, this culture is what makes America the free country that it is, where every aspiring artist, craftsperson, writer, director and entrepreneur seeks to be. It is my belief that Mr. Trump does not fit to be president not because of his controversies but rather because he belongs in the world of entertainment and business, away from the political frontier. The gap between the country’s culture and politics is undoubtedly a matter of concern. The attempts to demonize or stigmatize Donald Trump, however, will serve as nothing but a scarecrow to cover for the failures of career politicians who have created the very same vacuum that Donald Trump is unfit to fill.

“He tells it like it is.” Paul Noth/ Licence obtained from the New Yorker
“He tells it like it is.” Paul Noth/ Licence obtained from the New Yorker

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The Gray Devil in Me

Courtesy of Senka Sabbagh
Courtesy of Senka Sabbagh

Have you ever loved a woman so much that you thought all other women were an illusion? Have you ever watched the woman you love the most getting raped, every day, without you being able to do anything to stop it?

The rapists vary; brothers, fathers, cousins, neighbors and tourists but the she is the same. They make you question yourself: ‘is it love or do I rape her too every time I touch her?’ Continue reading “The Gray Devil in Me”