Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has created an intense debate, one that I honestly feel is undeserved. On one side, you have the film critics and Hollywood (and American moviegoers) who rave about the movie, which is up for several Oscars. On the other side, you have the Muslim community and your typical liberals (I am … More Film Review: The Controversy around American Sniper
I’ll admit it: Muslim Hipsters (“Mipsterz”) have more style than me. If you’re a American Muslim–or just an avid HuffPost reader, since they are posting a plethora of articles on the topic- then you probably have seen the “Somewhere in America–Mipsterz” video or heard about it. Social media has been abuzz with talk of the … More Somewhere in America….Stereotypes Just Got Served
The title of this blog post is eye-catching, if a little stupid-sounding. Of course, the intelligent, worldly reader might say: Indians are not terrorists, and neither are Arabs! How could one ever lump a whole race/ethnicity/nation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it of people into one categorization and label based on the actions of a few people? But alas, the blog … More Indians are Not Terrorists, and Neither are Arabs!
The situation in Syria is growing worse and worse, excellent case of foreign policy run amok, at least on behalf of the United States of America. Here, a look at the situation in an international affairs context. The “Right to Protect,” or R2P, is a concept in international diplomacy that details that one country can … More R2P in Syria leads to….WW3?
It’s the happiest and, one could argue, the worst of times for the world’s Muslim population. Although the holy month of Ramadan is filled with joy and celebration (and empathy!) Muslims also have to suffer through fasting during a brutal summer month. Of course, most Muslim’s wouldn’t use the word suffer, since it is supposed … More Get Ready, Set, Fast! Ramadan!
As we celebrate Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, here in the United States of America, Egyptians too are celebrating on a national level: on July 3rd, yesterday, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party in a military coup. I am pleased that Mohammed Morsi is no longer in … More As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians
Back in the beginning of May I attended two showings at the Alwan Film Festival in New York City. Alwan for the Arts is a city-based nonprofit which seeks to promote Arabic film, art and music. The film festival, which was held in the brick Anthology Film Archives building in the Lower East side, showcased … More Film: Son of Babylon at the Alwan Film Festival
Or we can just send them training wheels and meet them at the border with Gatorade. -Tony Mendez Ben Affleck’s film Argo (nominated for the Oscar’s Best Picture award) may be just a movie, but I call it a great propaganda piece for international relations, and, more specifically, a way to show that sometimes you … More Argo Fuck Yourself: Proof that nonviolent Means can be a Success
Is Osama bin Laden really dead? While watching Zero Dark Thirty at the movies this past Saturday night I asked myself that question. For those of you who haven’t heard of the movie which will no doubt blow away the Oscars this year, Zero Dark Thirty is Hollywood’s rendition of the ten years it took … More Zero Dark Thirty: A Case for International Relations
Sometimes nature steps in just to show men just how stupid their, well, man-made, quarrels are. Nature-and especially natural disasters-show us how ridiculous we humans are, going about creating our own problems and issues when nature enough can come in and literally wash away all those quarrels and problems if she wants (ah, if only … More Concern/Schadenfreude: the Middle East on Hurricane Sandy