Here are links to a few of the pieces I’ve published online.  (The drop-down menu has some of my print publications.)

My essays and stories tend to mix the personal with the political.

Thank you for checking them out.


Bandar Alnogaithan, Yale Law School graduate. One of the Saudi lawyers accused of terrorism. Credit: @SaudiLawyer.

Besbb Tagreeda: Because of a Tweet

A few days ago, a friend—I’ll call this person ‘Anonymous’—sent me an article about the recent conviction of three Saudi lawyers. The lawyers were accused of tweeting comments critical of the Ministry of Justice—and as far as I know, their exact comments and how they warranted imprisonment have only appeared in, an Arabic language site based outside the Kingdom.

As Anonymous told me, “This is a country where criminals are treated better than human rights activists.”

For more, click here.



“Hey, Total! Your billions will not protect you!” reads a sign. Demonstrators have called for the cancellation of unfair gas and oil contracts.

Yemen’s Friday of Dignity: Post-Revolution Questions

It took seven months for Yemen’s repressive ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to be forced from his palace. It took three years for the star performers in that action, some of whom didn’t live to watch his deposal, to reach this month’s Oscars.

To read more, click here.



Immigrant workers wait in line at the Saudi immigration offices in the Alisha area, west of Riyadh. Photo: Reuters.

Saudi Arabia’s Work Visa System

Under Saudi Arabia’s work visa system, people are kept in a state of permanent dependency on their sponsors. A worker can’t quit or change jobs, can’t invite a spouse or children to join her, or exit the country without her employer-sponsor’s permission.

For more, click here.