China’s Uighur Muslims Make a Case for Mental Harm & Genocide

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

How Face Masks Poke Holes in the Burqa Bans

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

Covid-19: The Rise of Authoritarian Measures

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

Social Media and Discrimination Against Immigrants

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

Saudi Arabia and the Dangers of Cultural Reformation

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

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: What is Gained?

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?