About Peter


Peter’s 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 has advised major political figures, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Arlen Specter and was described by the New York Times as “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation.” He has organized annual media roundtables for President Bill Clinton and has crafted digital strategies for the Clinton Global Initiative, UN Foundation, Department of Energy, Intel, and Action Against Hunger, among others.  Peter grew up in Lebanon and lived through a decade of sectarian strife, facing mandatory military conscription at fifteen. He attended the American University of Beirut and transferred to New York University to pursue his BA in philosophy. He has since gone on to attain national recognition in three fields: as a blogger and activist, a digital media strategist, and, during the nineties, as a producer/engineer credited with several hit records. He is presently an adviser to organizations and campaigns and lives and works in Manhattan.

Background

Peter lived in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, a conflict that cost over 150,000 lives. He survived artillery bombardment, gun battles and sniper fire and was steps away from the American embassy when it was demolished by a suicide bomber. At fifteen years old, he was conscripted into the Lebanese Forces – a Christian militia – and received combat training for three years. He moved to New York City in the 1980s.

Music

During the 90s, Peter was a sought-after keyboardist, engineer and producer, appearing on recordings by Bjork, Miles Davis, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey, among many others. An accomplished jazz pianist, he was signed to Columbia and Universal, producing three #1 Billboard Club singles. He toured and performed with prominent DJs, including Moby, and was featured in Spin, TIME, Vibe, and Billboard.

Advocacy

Peter rose to prominence as a political blogger in the aftermath of the 2000 election. 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. For his work in the political blogosphere, 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.

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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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