Egypt rocketed onto the international scene this year with their “successful” coup d’etat back during the January 25 revolution. The world was riveted by the fact that Egypt had largely managed to overthrow ol’ Hosni Mubarak without bloodshed. But, there was bloodshed. Now, Egypt is constantly in the news again, but this time, the violence … More You’ve got My Attention, Egypt
“The question of the real Iran kept coming up in discussions between my parents and friends. Which was more legitimate: the ancient traditions with which the Shah propped up his power, or the strict Islamic principals of Khomeini?” (p. 119) Iran was once a country where Western law ruled the land, not blown-up exaggerated Islamic … More Dreams of World’s Long Lost
Books are not particularly sexy. A person’s eyes can be seductive, depending on the person. And wearing a headscarf and a bulky full-length coat? In general, not very sexy at all. According to the Saudi Commitee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (also known as the morality police), women with attractive eyes … More What’s Next-Banning Women Alltogether?
A girl goes to watch a soccer match ( “football,” if you’re not American). She buys her ticket, finds her seat, and cheers on her team. She holds her breath as the team she supports nears a goal, she groans when the enemy team scores, and when it’s all over, she goes home. This taken-for-granted … More “Offside” is Right in the Center
The other night I watched the film No One Knows About Persian Cats, a 2010 Iranian film released by IFC which, like most foreign films, is completely unknown to American viewers and thus totally dishonored. The film, which highlights actual Iranian bands as it follows the loosely-scripted real-life story of the band Take It Easy Hospital … More Struggling for Song in “No One Knows About Persian Cats”