L’affaire hijab in France is weighed down with almost 30 years of rhetoric, polemique and infamy and yet, 30 years on, it still won’t quit. The French obsession and stubbornness regarding the Islamic headscarf made headlines again recently with not one but three separate incidents (none involving actual Muslim women) which are both embarrassing … More Affaire Rossignol: Does Hating the Hijab Mean You’re an Islamophobe?
“When I said I was a virgin no one beleieved me…why won’t you all just leave me alone?” The words are ironic: Selma is laying on her back at the doctors office as he checks to see if her hymen is still intact or not. It’s her wedding night, and Selma didn’t bleed as is … More Film Review: The Rebellion of Mustang
#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
First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World
Dress codes come in all different shapes and sizes: some are strict and rigid, backed up by local laws or the rules of an establishment; others are more cultural ‘suggestions’ backed up by the frowns (and likely harassment) of a certain community. Dress codes serve different purposes: some are meant to unify; some are safety … More Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues
On December 27th, 2014 I embarked on a 13-day Eurotrip which lead me through 5 different countries, accompanied by my sister for three of them. Although my plans of visiting Muslim places of interest were dashed due to time constraints, locations and preferences, I did get some great exposure to Jewish Europe. A recap: Budapest, Hungary Muslims have had a … More EuroTrip 2015: Islam and Judaism in Europe
Je Suis Charlie, mais Je Suis Tout le Monde aussi. It has taken me a few days to gather my thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and I’ll admit that the proceeding blogpost will show that they are still discombobulated and forming. I have a lot to say, so please bear with me. I will … More #JeSuisTout: Observations on the Charlie Hebdo Shooting
A comedy set in the Middle East and made by a Western director (a French one, Michel Hazanavicius, no less!) has the automatic potential to be incredibly politically incorrect. Alas, all comedies are by nature politically incorrect and as a rule I believe that, to an extent, comedy is allowed to lampoon (otherwise this world … More Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions
World War I, which started 100 years ago, was started because an Archduke got shot by a crazy guy in Sarajevo. The 2014 Attack on Gaza by Israel started after 3 Israeli boys were kidnapped and killed-by who it is still unclear. Even if Hamas did kidnap the boys, Hamas is not the Palestinian government, just … More Where is the Holiness in the Holy Land? Gaza Under Attack
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?