I’m a Canadian freelance writer and editor based in Beirut. My background, including my M.A., is in politics, with a focus on democracies and liberalism. My writing has a wider focus and includes topics such as the Syrian refugee crisis, architecture, the politics of surveillance, and why the only thing more uncomfortable than taking a long-haul flight is taking a long-haul flight while seated next to a fornicating couple. My columns, features, news reports, essays, and humour pieces have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, the Daily Star in Beirut, and other major publications. I write a Saturday column about global affairs and a blog about the Syrian humanitarian crisis for the Ottawa Citizen.