China’s brutal treatment of the Muslim Uighur population is by now well known. More than a million ethnic Uighur people–who are Muslims–have been detained in China’s Xinjiang region. In the camps, men, women and children are put through a “reeducation” program to assimilate them to traditional Chinese culture. Family members have disappeared. Arabic writing in … More China’s Uighur Muslims Make a Case for Mental Harm & Genocide
Charity did not end when the Coronavirus pandemic began. As countries poor and wealthy alike dug in their heals to fight the virus, they were not left alone in the crisis. One country in particular seemed to be dealing pretty poorly with the virus, as its healthcare system was in shambles. Many Middle Eastern countries … More US-Arab Relations: The Role Reversal
Thanks to Covid-19, covering one’s face has now become a de facto fashion requirement. With many countries enforcing face masks/coverings in order to prevent the spread of the virus also known as the Coronavirus, it has become commonplace to see people in public spaces with only their eyes visible. Not wearing a mask, in fact, … More How Face Masks Poke Holes in the Burqa Bans
Lockdowns, quarantine, curfews, social distancing: practically every country around the world has issued laws in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. From the autocracies of the East to the democracies of the West, individual freedoms everywhere have been sacrificed in the name of the Coronavirus, or Covid-19. This has subsequently lead both … More Covid-19: The Rise of Authoritarian Measures
There were so many. The regime-battered defiers of Iran. The countrymen, young and old, Muslim and Christian, who filled Martyr’s Square in Lebanon. The Algerian’s who forced an ancient dictator to step down. The youth of Hong Kong and their fight against China. The Gilets Jaunes who stormed the streets of France. The Catalonians who … More The Protests that Disappeared
An invitation to study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities should have been enough to secure safe passage into the United States. Yet 17 year-old Palestinian Ismail Ajjawi was barred entry to the US for ten days after Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents detained him for questioning upon arrival at Boston Airport. … More Social Media and Discrimination Against Immigrants
The #10YearChallenge has blown up on social media, with people either gloatingly posting photos that show how they haven’t aged (or better yet, how much better they look now!) or (a select few) lamenting the age process. A parody that has since popped up is the #10YearChallenge Middle East version, that show’s pictures of Arab … More #10YearChallenge: Middle East Version
On June 24th, the women of Saudi Arabia woke up and did something radical: they got behind the wheel of their family car and drove. This was radical, of course, because up until that day women in Saudi Arabia were not permitted to drive in the only country in the world to perpetuate such a … More Why Were the Women Jailed?
Western absurdities and sinful projects. The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) certainly had a colorful way of describing cinemas and concerts in a bulletin it issued on June 1st. The terrorist organization condemned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for “opening the door wide for corruption and moral degradation” with his plan of … More Saudi Arabia and the Dangers of Cultural Reformation
An American embassy hasn’t been the source of this much ire since 1979. While the opening of an embassy is usually a stolid diplomatic occasion, filled with polite goodwill and handshakes between dignitaries, the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem was anything but. At best contentious and at worst (and it was indeed … More Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: What is Gained?