About Peter


Peter is a leading strategic adviser whose journey has taken him from the war zone of Beirut to an advisory role in the war rooms of two U.S. presidential campaigns. He lived through a decade of sectarian violence in Lebanon and faced mandatory military service at fifteen. He moved to New York in the eighties to attend NYU and has gone on to attain national recognition in three fields. An early proponent of web-based political activism, Peter was described by the New York Times as “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation.” In 2003, he transitioned from activism to advising, working with major political figures, including Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Arlen Specter, and John Kerry. In 2014, he co-founded GrantHer, an organization that provides grants to young women entrepreneurs. Before politics, Peter was a successful music producer and engineer. He is an accomplished jazz pianist and an avid chess player. He lives and works in Manhattan.

Background

A Beirut resident during the Lebanese civil war, Peter survived artillery battles, mortar shelling, sniper fire, kidnappings and car bombings. He was steps away from the American embassy when it was destroyed by a suicide bomber. At the age of fifteen, he was conscripted into the Lebanese Forces – a Maronite Christian militia – and received combat training for three years. He moved from Beirut to New York in the mid-eighties to study philosophy at NYU.

Music

During the 90s, Peter was a sought-after keyboardist, engineer and producer, adding his touch to several underground club classics. He was signed to Columbia and Universal and produced three #1 Billboard Club singles. His compositions have been licensed to film and television soundtracks and he has toured and performed with prominent DJs, including Moby and Guru. His music has been featured in Keyboard, Spin, TIME, Vibe, URB and Billboard.

Advocacy

Peter rose to prominence as a political blogger in the aftermath of the 2000 election. His site, the Daou Report, was a popular blog aggregator. His widely-read essay, The Triangle, was described by techPresident as “a seminal essay on the interaction between the blogosphere, the political establishment, and the press.” He has been cited by major news outlets and has spoken at numerous conferences, including Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium and PDF. 

Advising

Peter was among the first Internet staffers to work in a presidential campaign war room, directing online outreach for John Kerry’s 2004 campaign. The Washington Post said Peter had helped pioneer “a whole new way of campaigning.” In 2007, he was named Internet Director for Hillary Clinton for President and remained an adviser until 2009. He has also organized media roundtables for President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

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Clients


 

Peter advises organizations, companies and campaigns on digital media and strategic communications. Following is a selection of his clients, past and present:

  • PRNewswire
  • One Voice
  • DOE
  • Microsoft
  • CGIedited
  • CFTFK
  • Clinton
  • Bloomberg-Philanthropiesedited
  • AAH
  • UN Foundation
  • AARP
  • Intel

Media


Peter has appeared frequently in major media outlets as a digital media analyst and political strategist. Following are selected excerpts:

 

 

Writing


  • Children subjected to horrific punishments in American schools and detention centers

    The New York Times writes: Solitary confinement can be psychologically damaging for any inmate, but it is especially perverse when it is used to discipline children and teenagers. At juvenile detention centers and adult prisons and jails across the country, minors are locked in isolated cells for 22 hours or more a day. A recent […]

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  • Why violence is worse than other existential threats

    “No more hurting people” – Martin Richard, 8, killed in Boston Marathon attack. Violence: “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.” The […]

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  • Tobacco kills: grim stats on smoking

     UPDATE: “Hazardous Child Labor in US Tobacco Farming” “If current trends continue, tobacco will cause up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.” – CNN Tobacco companies sell deadly, addictive poison to the public. Consider these grim stats: Smoking remains America’s leading cause of disease and preventable death, resulting in more than 443,000 fatalities […]

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  • The black curtain – on death, fear and hope

    At the age of seven, my nephew composed a 13-word rhyme as simple and powerful as anything I’ve ever heard: Soon it comes to every person, see it happen in one black curtain. Years later, I’m still mystified that a child could conjure such a cogent description of mortality. Perhaps that knowledge is programmed in […]

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  • The pervasive oppression of women and girls

    The greatest travesty of human life: One out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime. In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read. Murder is a leading cause of death for pregnant women. The children most at […]

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  • Threats to justice everywhere

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 16, 1963 Those searing words are as apt today as they were a half […]

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  • Why Patton Oswalt was wrong about the Boston bombing

    Patton Oswalt’s beautiful and heartfelt Facebook post understandably struck a chord with a nation stunned by the carnage in Boston: This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring […]

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  • The top ten list you shouldn’t be reading

    A new year’s list of travesties: It costs just 25 cents a day to provide a child with the vitamins and nutrients to grow up healthy, but every hour of every day, 300 children die from malnutrition. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while the top 40 highest-earning hedge […]

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  • Climate change compendium: three years of climate coverage in one post

    This post is a chronological compilation of news and opinion on our ever-worsening climate calamity. To set the stage, watch this video: 131 years of global warming in 26 seconds Then read this essential piece explaining why the climate story is beyond anything the media has ever reported. Yahoo News (1/31/14) Prince Charles has called […]

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  • Is the progressive blogosphere dead?

    UPDATE (10/29/13): The progressive community is abuzz about a pair of posts from Ian Welsh and Jerome Armstrong about the “Failure of the Netroots.” My view is that Ian and Jerome are reflecting deep, often unspoken dismay among some progressives that the Obama presidency has been a disaster for their cause. Some of the most […]

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