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Mondoweiss is growing: Join us in welcoming new staff, Editors-at-Large, and Contributing Writers

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Today is an exciting day in the history of Mondoweiss, which has grown and developed considerably over the past few years . We are proud of the progress we have made in providing essential news to the world, and we wanted to alert our community and make it visible on our masthead. This is also a great time to thank our loyal community of supporters, without whom this work would not be possible.

First, please join us in welcoming two new team members: Michael Arria and Olivia Katbi Smith. Michael will be joining Mondoweiss as our U.S. Correspondent responsible for reporting on the intersection of U.S. politics, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Palestine solidarity movement. His background is reporting on labor, prisons, immigration, drug policy for outlets such as The Intercept, In These Times, Truthout, AlterNet, Salon, Jacobin, Vice, Motherboard, Truthdig, and more. Michael has also written for Mondoweiss in the past, including an important expose on Rachel Maddow’s blind spots on Palestine.

Olivia will be joining us as Individual Giving Manager and will play an important role in our development efforts. Olivia is an Arab-American activist based in Portland, OR and is passionate about raising funds to liberate Palestine among other issues. She joins Mondoweiss after being part of the development team at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, where she helped grow the fundraising budget in just three years from $35,000 to $450,000 annually. She also organizes with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) as co-chair of the Portland chapter.

We’re excited to announce as well that two old friends of the site, Walaa Ghussein and James North, will become Editors-at-Large. Since Walaa’s first story for Mondoweiss over six years ago, she has been an important contributor to our work. She will be working to expand our coverage and analysis from Palestine.

James, author of a groundbreaking book on the South African freedom struggle with a long track record reporting from the global south, has built a following among Mondoweiss readers for his dogged and in-depth analyses of the mainstream media’s biased coverage of Israel/Palestine and the broader Middle East. He will continue to play a leading role in our efforts to hold the media accountable.

We also want to recognize the other key members of our Mondoweiss team that are central to our work. Allison Deger, a vital part of our editorial work for the last seven years, has been promoted to Associate Editor. Yumna Patel, who has been serving as our lead correspondent in Palestine is now also listed on our masthead. And Dave Reed, our Manager of Technology Development and Community, is leading the effort to make our website and web presence more accessible and user friendly than ever before.

Beyond these new roles, we also feel it’s important to acknowledge key individuals whose writing has strengthened Mondoweiss over the years. The following regular contributors will now be appearing as Contributing Writers on our masthead: Helena Cobban, Haidar Eid, Nada Elia, Yossi Gurvitz, Jonathan Ofir, Alice Rothchild, Steven Salaita, and Dareen Tatour. As other leading lights of journalism share their insights, we’ll add to this list in the future.

In managing this larger, more diverse team with a wide range of responsibilities, we have also redefined and clarified our leadership roles. Phil Weiss will continue to be the heart and soul of this journalistic enterprise, under the title Founder and Senior Editor. Adam Horowitz, who has for some time been serving as the primary executive for day-to-day decisions, will now be Executive Editor. Tova Perlmutter’s role has grown from fundraising to include finances, organizational development and strategy; she’ll be our Executive Director. And the leadership team will continue to benefit from the judgment and smarts of Scott Roth, our longtime Publisher.

Finally, some of the news is bittersweet as well. As long-time readers know, Annie Robbins has been central to the site for years–as a writer, editor, and commenter (and a sounding board indispensable to Phil). Annie will be stepping away from her formal role as an Editor-at-Large, but she will still be around the site, and in the comment section. Thank you, Annie, for everything that you have given, and will continue to give, to Mondoweiss.

Please join us in celebrating the expansion and enrichment of our work together to tell the truth about Palestine to all who need to hear it.

Mondoweiss Editors

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11 Responses

  1. eljay on June 4, 2019, 10:17 am

    Congratulations, appreciation and thanks to everyone.  :-)

    • Misterioso on June 5, 2019, 10:00 am

      Mabruk Mondoweiss!!

      We love you madly!!

      Bon voyage Annie, but keep in touch – you’re “one in a million.”

  2. lagavulin on June 4, 2019, 11:05 am

    My congratulations. I will miss Annie though, I enjoyed her posts and dedication very much.

  3. Citizen on June 4, 2019, 11:35 am

    All worthy! I sure hope Annie Robbins stays around.

  4. annie on June 4, 2019, 12:05 pm

    thank you for the sweetness (much appreciated), i’ll still be around! that said ..

    Walaa! that’s so cool you’ve joined the staff! one of Walaa’s very first contribution to mondoweiss is not available at her author’s link but i encourage everyone to read it, a truly heartwrenching story called “Two friends meet for 5 minutes in Jerusalem” https://mondoweiss.net/2013/05/friends-minutes-jerusalem/

    this story was so moving that another longtime friend of the site, Yousef Aljamal, contacted me about Walaa’s experience to get her to share it on mondoweiss. a couple years later i mentioned my first encounter w/Walaa, to persuade her to share her story: https://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/vulnerability-palestinian-journalists/

    I wrote her asking if she would consider writing about this encounter. Politely, she flat out refused. Knowing instinctively this was a hot story, I persisted with several imploring emails, literally begging her — which she completely ignored.

    ……This was not a person interested in promoting herself, or exploiting her situation, at all.

    Thankfully, she finally relented.

    it’s true, i literally had to beg her. what great news Walaa.

    and James, formally, of course. it’s about time, congrats!

  5. Hatim Kanaaneh on June 6, 2019, 12:23 am

    Dear friends, old and new, at Mondoweiss:
    First, let me take advantage, on your behalf, of my current strategic location in the Galilee mountains not far from Nazareth, and send holy blessings and all best wishes for success in your journalistic and humanitarian mission.
    Since I started contributing to Mondoweiss, not long after it first saw the cyberlight, I have dealt with the trilogy of Philip Weiss, Adam Horwitz and Annie Robbins. It is Annie that I come today to praise: It was her encouragement and expressions of appreciation of some of my phraseology that got me hooked on writing for Mondoweiss. Since then she has served as my online grammar, spelling and technical editor, coaching me in how to do hyperlinks, download images, etc. etc. Most of all, she always finds something worthy of praise in what I submit. In the one recent case of a piece that never saw the light, a peculiar incident that I still do not comprehend, Annie took it upon herself to mediate the never declared rejection and to move on beyond the near-breakup of communications. For that too, I am much obliged. But above all else, it is Annie’s grace and generosity on the couple of occasions that my wife and I have met her in person that have endeared her to us and will continue to do so in the future.
    Thank you Annie, Philip and Adam and more power to Mondoweiss.

    • gamal on June 6, 2019, 4:13 pm

      “Annie took it upon herself ”

      Annie is the absolute best, I adore her, also the guys not so bad I suppose, you know but they just guys we are ten a penny, forgive me Doctor for appending to your post, it’s only because of Annie.

    • annie on June 6, 2019, 4:13 pm

      omg Hatim, you are beyond generous. you know how much i completely adore you, your writing, your sublime storytelling. your voice is incredible!

      It is esthetically ugly beyond a normal person’s ability to countenance. Just stay out of the damned mess and keep your mouth shut.

      !!!!!
      (https://mondoweiss.net/2019/05/germany-referee-semitism/ )

      it’s always been such a pleasure working with you and i’m always only an email away.

      edit: gamal, i just read your comment. seriously, i’m so blown away, you guys are going to make me cry.

      Misterioso, lagavulin, Citizen, i should have called you out by name. thank you, each and everyone. Kate, kay, just, bintbiba, mooser, RoHa, marnie, danaa, hostage, sibiriak, keith, shingo, talknic, iris, lillian, susan, karen, carol, helena!, eljay!, rico, MRW (may you rest in peace), seafoid, niko, jw, genesto, kathy, steve, iris.. too many to call out (thank you for you emails) and that doesn’t begin to cover it. i never would have met rawan, refaat, yousef, fidaa, tamam, so many to name and still i fall short. i’m still going to be around, really. i feel like we’re a team here, like we’re in this together. much love to everyone. it’s a tough love being in this activism. phil, heart and soul.

      • Kay24 on June 6, 2019, 4:49 pm

        You have earned all the praise Annie. You are part of MDW, and your interaction with us, is appreciated, and I am sure adds to the human touch in these comment’s section. Hatim’s comments comes from the heart I am sure, you should feel proud of yourself.

      • gamal on June 6, 2019, 5:00 pm

        “i just read your comment”

        hey Annie as the Great Mother proclaimed

        “Confess your hidden faults. Approach what you find repulsive. Help those you think you cannot help. Anything you are attached to, give that. Go to the places that scare you”

        Often depicted as a dancing white woman, Machig Labron the great mother Troma Nagmo the great severing, ah you know Annie you have no idea what a great inspiration you are to me, as the great mother says

        “Where is the best place? Not clinging to a place or location is the best place”

  6. gamal on June 6, 2019, 5:49 pm

    and in a final act of homage i offer Scotty Draw Your Brakes…wanna get off…

    forward and piyaka manakle and then gosaka…stop that train…respect all

    https://youtu.be/mQrOfSxTG7U

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