Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

What has caused the sudden massive influx of Syrian refugees in Europe? Was it the warmer summer months, which made risking a passage by rickety boat across the Mediterranean more inviting? Is it the fact that the situation has grown worse in Syria, as Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seems to be losing steam against rebels and IS, and the … More Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

 2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

Film Review: Wadjda

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of heading down to the Angelika Film Center (my first time!) to see the film Wadjda, director Haifaa Mansour’s debut full-length feature film and the first feature film shot on location in Saudi Arabia. With superb acting and brilliantly shot scenes depicting Riyadh, as well as an inspirational plot … More Film Review: Wadjda

Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

 Michael Sinan-a.k.a. Mr Gay Denmark-should be considered one of Islam’s modern heroes.  Mr. Sinan’s life and message would be considered radical-probably even blasphemous-among Conservative Muslims, but I feel that they should be broadcast to the world. While many people, whether straight Americans or fanatic Muslims, would laugh at Mr. Sinan and deride him for his … More Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

Charlie Hebdo pt. 2 & the MTA: the catastrophe continue…

“J’appelle à ne pas verser de l’huile sur le feu,” a dit Dalil Boubakeur, recteur de la grand mosquee de Paris. In other words, don’t add fuel to the fire, especially when it is already particularly incendary, flaming out of control. But once again, French magazine Charlie Hebdo, he of the infamous cover cartoon of Mohammed that … More Charlie Hebdo pt. 2 & the MTA: the catastrophe continue…