The Controversy of “La misère sexuelle”

  “What long seemed like the foreign spectacles of faraway places now feels like a clash of cultures playing out on the West’s very soil. Differences once defused by distance and a sense of superiority have become an imminent threat. People in the West are discovering, with anxiety and fear, that sex in the Muslim … More The Controversy of “La misère sexuelle”

The Lebanese Takeover of Paris Fashion Week 2016

Paris Fashion Week basically means that the Lebanese take over Paris. Forget rich Saudis coming on 100k shopping sprees or enthusiastic Dubai fashion bloggers buzzing around with their iphones: PFW is all about Lebanon. And with good reason: Lebanese designers are a huge hit with international celebrities. Zuhair Murad. Elie Saab. Georges Hobeika. Rami Kadi. … More The Lebanese Takeover of Paris Fashion Week 2016

5 Year Anniversary: #Jan25 Revolution is Back to Square One

The January 25th Revolution, which took place 5 years ago, can be compared to a newsbroadcaster who accidentally says “fuck” on live TV. It happened without warning or planning; it cannot be forgotten; but afterward, everything is back to normal. In other words, #Jan25 was a blip on an otherwise dull broadcast, also known as … More 5 Year Anniversary: #Jan25 Revolution is Back to Square One

A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

American Independence Day has nothing-I repeat nothing-on the United Arab Emirates’ National Day. I love the Fourth of July, because of the symbolism behind it and because, on the Eastern End of Long Island, it means high summer is in full swing. But Independence Day here is lowkey-parties, barbecues, a parade, lots of red, white … More A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump

(note: the title of this blogpost is meant to be ironic, not denote embarrassment or shame of my beliefs)     Donald Trump, you are a disgrace not only to Americans but to humanity on a whole. Your rhetoric is not what America stands for. America does not stand for (in no particular order): racism, ignorance, … More Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump

Why We Need to #PrayForParis, and the World, Too

#PrayForParis. Almost instantaneously, the hashtag spread through social media, reposted far and wide as the tragedy that unfolded around Paris last Friday night quickly gripped the world. I was sitting at work when I found out about the attacks via-what else?-Facebook. My walk to the subway took me past the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue, … More Why We Need to #PrayForParis, and the World, Too

Nogomi Fashions #18

In 7 words or less, I take my scissors, er, pen, to October’s fashionistas.  FASHION WEEK   Is it “paneful” taking this dress off?  Portrait of a lady, repping Chanel?  Khaleda looks hotter than a Russian supermodel.    Is that a bag made of grass?  Don’t try this without abs.  She’s crying because she’s wearing … More Nogomi Fashions #18

Nogomi Fashions #16: Summer Concerts and Red Carpet

Summer is THE time for both weddings and music festivals in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon. Here, let’s judge the wedding gowns and performance outfits of the season.  Algerian Actress Amel Bouchoucha at her wedding in Beirut, Lebanon  This is a beautiful, fairytale wedding dress. I love the bows on the straps and that … More Nogomi Fashions #16: Summer Concerts and Red Carpet