Sara El-Yafi

Sara El-Yafi writes about politics, culture, nation-building and the general human condition. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. El-Yafi worked as a high-profile political advisor in Lebanon and recently relocated to Los Angeles to focus on making political films. She is the granddaughter of former Lebanese Prime Minister Abdallah El-Yafi, one of Lebanon's founding fathers and the statesman who gave voting rights to women in the country. Sara El-Yafi received the title of woman of the year in Lebanon’s leading French newspaper.

Recognize Palestine Before You Leave Office, Mr. Obama

Jan 11, 2017

The road to Israel’s security runs through Arab hearts, and the road to Palestinian liberation runs through Jewish hearts. The time to recognize Palestine is now. Dear President Obama, You have sent me many lovely emails over the past eight years, to the extent where I have a folder named...

Everything You Need to Know About the US Election

Nov 08, 2016

Sara El-Yafi provides a 101 on the US election. Are you ready? Most of you know, even if you’ve never set foot in the United States, that on November 8, the American people will finally decide who will be the next president of the world for the upcoming four years....

Lebanon, Let’s Talk Trash

Sep 10, 2016

Sara El-Yafi talks about how everyday garbage can be transformed into useable energy for Lebanon. Let’s talk trash. Over the past year, I have been endlessly lobbying for the right solution to the waste problem to be implemented in Lebanon in my capacity as “national expert on waste-to-energy,” as one...

Reclaiming Dignity: The Lebanese Waste Revolution

Aug 26, 2015

By all standards, measures and attributes, Lebanon is becoming a failed state, says Sara El-Yafi. Take a look at our Lebanese protestors, at least the ones I have seen: An assemblage of religious women wearing headscarves standing side by side with hipster secularists; civil war veterans and young men not old...

Will There Be Another Israel-Hezbollah War?

Jan 30, 2015

Sara El-Yafi answers this question with an illustration of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. “War?! Will this be another July war?” was an exciting question to ask following the latest Hezbollah-Israeli events. And knowing Israel’s love of war, in Lebanon, we worry, you know? Because sometimes we get killed,...

There is No Place for God in Religious Indoctrination

Jan 09, 2015

Amid the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Sara El-Yafi argues that there is no place for God in a religion. There is an essential thing to be said about the relationship of man to God today in light of the horrifying events happening in our world. The defeat of development in the...

Peace in the Middle East: A 7-Point Plan for Jon Voight

Sep 05, 2014

Sara El-Yafi explains Jon Voight’s dangerous mistakes — mistakes that deter us from resting the conflict in the arms of peace. Dear Mr. Voight, People are still bringing up your letter to me from four weeks ago where you condemned Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz to “hang their heads in shame” for...

Electing a President in Lebanon

Jun 22, 2014

Lebanese citizens should have the right to directly elect their president. On February 15, I published an article on my website making a case for the people of Lebanon to directly vote for our president, instead of the parliament. In the same article, I ran a poll asking my readers to vote for...

Ashoura... or the Story of the Sunni-Shiite Schism

Nov 18, 2013

What lies at the heart of the Sunni-Shiite divide? Author's Note Last Thursday marked the holy day of Ashoura (“the tenth,” in Arabic). For the past 1,333 years, devout Shiite Muslims (as well as Alawites) all over the world join in deep grief on the tenth day of the Islamic...

Thank you, Helen Thomas

Jul 22, 2013

Helen Thomas will be remembered for being the voice of the powerless. The damage done by the hypocrisy of our media around the world cannot possibly be measured. Media tells us every day what’s important by the stories they choose to cover and how they place them. It’s called agenda-setting....

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