Charity did not end when the Coronavirus pandemic began. As countries poor and wealthy alike dug in their heals to fight the virus, they were not left alone in the crisis. One country in particular seemed to be dealing pretty poorly with the virus, as its healthcare system was in shambles. Many Middle Eastern countries … More US-Arab Relations: The Role Reversal
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
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
The #10YearChallenge has blown up on social media, with people either gloatingly posting photos that show how they haven’t aged (or better yet, how much better they look now!) or (a select few) lamenting the age process. A parody that has since popped up is the #10YearChallenge Middle East version, that show’s pictures of Arab … More #10YearChallenge: Middle East Version
On June 24th, the women of Saudi Arabia woke up and did something radical: they got behind the wheel of their family car and drove. This was radical, of course, because up until that day women in Saudi Arabia were not permitted to drive in the only country in the world to perpetuate such a … More Why Were the Women Jailed?
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?
Has there been anything like it in modern-day diplomacy? Perhaps not. Perhaps because world leaders are not given the luxury of time to spend on what has been an elaborate PR campaign of both man and country. Perhaps because no country has essentially the luxury of picking and choosing what aspects of itself to improve … More The Prince’s Publicity Tour
He’s back. If it had previously seemed as though the January 25th Revolution had come full circle the past few years, what with the “election” of yet another military man and an all-around death to democracy, the final nail in the proverbial coffin was hammered in by none other than Hosni Mubarak himself. The former … More Guess Who’s Back: Egyptian Revolution, 7 Years Later
“Where are you moving to?” “Bahrain.” “Where??” (Emphasis). Trying to tell people where I was moving to was futile. No one had ever heard of a country called Bahrain. I would usually tell them it’s a small island in the Arabian Gulf. Or I would tell them it’s near Dubai (since they’d all heard of … More Reflections on Three Months in Bahrain
Moving to a new country is tough. Now, imagine that, when you touch down after more than 13 hours in transit, it’s 10 pm at night. The meal you’re about to ravenously eat is the last one you’ll have until 6:30pm the next evening. This pattern will repeat itself day after day. You will not … More Eid Mubarak! My First Ramadan