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User Profile: Erica Lush

About Erica Lush
Erica has a degree in Linguistics & Arabic from Boston University. She studied in Jordan and has traveled to Egypt and Israel, as well as many non-Arab countries. Most recently she was living in West Bengal working for an NGO. Currently employed as a yacht captain, and freelance web-designer for the Center for Arabic Culture, Erica keeps up with Arabic as a WA translator.


This user has submitted 20 translations to Watching America.

Syria and the US Withdrawal

April 17, 2018 // Al Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

President Donald Trump's sudden announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria "very soon" and his suggestion to “let the other people take care of it now” is more of a surprise than an expression of a real possibility that action will carried out on the ground. Trump did not mention that he spoke [Read more]

Russian Tactics and the Moral Western Compass

November 15, 2017 // Asharq Al Awsat - Pan Arab - Arabic

The White House implicitly rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday by announcing that President Donald H. Trump would not hold an official meeting with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam, although the Kremlin has repeatedly announced the [Read more]

Did Iran Withdraw from the ‘Axis of Evil’?

July 30, 2015 // al Ghad - Jordan - Arabic

The nuclear agreement between the P5+1 nations and Iran can be considered successful and impressive for American politics and diplomacy in general, and for the Obama administration in particular. America and Europe's effort, their time and determination to complete an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program show that [Read more]

America and the Problem of the Middle East

June 26, 2015 // Asharq Al Awsat - Pan Arab - Arabic

The cover story in The Economist this week is "Losing the Middle East,” a reference to U.S.-Arab relations, which have experienced many conflicts since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. These disagreements have become public and both sides adhered to conflicting policies, a situation that had been intentionally [Read more]

Israeli-US-Arab Excitement over Gaza

June 14, 2015 // Al-Rai - Kuwait - Arabic

While U.S. forces launched an attack with planes and air raids against the Islamic State terrorist group on behalf of the coalition, the Israeli media remembered that four nonterrorist rockets had dropped near the settlements of Sderot and Ashkelon, close to the borders of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli media then held [Read more]

According to Obama … the Sunni Do Not Exist

May 1, 2015 // Akhbar Al Khaleej - Bahrain - Arabic

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi visited the U.S. and held talks with U.S. President Obama. At the press conference following the meeting between al-Abadi and Obama, the American president spoke about the situation in Iraq and the relationship with the Iraqi regime. Something Obama said was extremely dangerous because [Read more]

Another Crime

April 14, 2015 // Al-Watan - Oman - Arabic

There are a thousand and one windows into memory and the preservation of those full of pain, and agony does not fade away. For Iraqi society, memory abounds with events of American heroes, and whatever the event, some tried to replace it with another as an attempt to cover up what happened in one detail or another. It [Read more]

Why Is Bibi Challenging Obama?

March 17, 2015 // Al-Rai Al-Aam - Kuwait - Arabic

What we are currently watching is a battle between two men, each of whom believes that he will leave his name in the annals of history. There is Barack Obama, who has nothing left before him except to reach toward an agreement with Iran in order for history to remember him. Then there is Benjamin Netanyahu, or [Read more]

Home of American Fatwas

March 2, 2015 // Al-Sharq Al-Awsat - Saudi Arabia - Arabic

What are needed today are actions, not words. The fight against terrorism is no longer speculation as it is happening now, freely, especially since there is clear evidence, there is bloodshed, and countries are crumbling. [Read more]