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Fellowship Lecture: Citizen, Denizen, Alien

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Adoption Is War I+II; Lebanon 2015/1975

I’ve just added a new page, Lebanon 1975: Adoption is War II. It is based on an article found in the news magazine Monday Morning from January, 1975, three months before the “start” of the Lebanese Civil War. It is … Continue reading

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What matters?

The first two stanzas here were jotted down eight years ago after being given two small pieces of paper by my orphanage attesting to a) being abandoned on the beach in Dbayeh and b) passing through a convent in Dakwaneh … Continue reading

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On the nightmare of adoption reunion.

An adoptive parent in the United Kingdom recently described the potential reunion of the children temporarily in his care with their parents as his “worst nightmare”. This was like a kick in the gut. Because I feel that my own … Continue reading

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Adoption activism: Lebanon in a global context

Today Bada’el/Alternatives presented a workshop on “The Right to Origins” co-hosted with Legal Agenda, in Badaro, Beirut [link to site]. There were six adoptees present from the Netherlands, others from France and Switzerland. We’ve been doing a lot of media … Continue reading

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On adoption activism (III).

This post is taken from one that originally went up at Transracial Eyes; at the time I promised to expand on it publicly, so finally this is seeing the light of day. The question there from a fellow adoptee asks … Continue reading

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On adoption activism (II).

In her reply to the previous post, Laura Dennis asks how to overcome the divisions that separate us; how to move from the purely personal to something more “just”. I appreciate her reply very much because it is indeed a … Continue reading

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On adoption activism.

What is the future of adoption activism? What should be the focus of those who advocate for adoptee rights, the rights of children to know their origins, the rights of such children’s parents to maintain or re-establish filiation? It seems … Continue reading

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Why are adoptees never asking, always answering questions?

This is the final question in the series: “Anti-adoption month: 30 answers to 30 questions on adoption” [link].

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In response to: “When Children Are Traded”.

“When Children Are Traded”, by Nicholas Kristof, was published in the Opinion section of the New York Times. I would appreciate any clicks up on this link: Comment on: “When Children Are Traded”. And make sure to add your own … Continue reading

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