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

Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

 Arab Business released its 100 Arabs Under 40 list, which included a few entertainers and beauty icons in addition to superachievers in business, science and technology. Congrats Nancy Ajram (#19) for being the highest performer/culture icon on the list! Also congrats to Sherine Abdel Wahdy (#84), Tima Shomali (#88), Diala Makki (#89), Huda Kattan (#94) … More Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

Spotlight: Women’s Crisis Care International

I am declaring 2015 the Year of Women’s Rights. Given that it is only April, 2015 already seems posed to be the year that awareness about violence against women (VAW)-including domestic abuse, sexual harassment, psychological abuse and rape-came to the forefront. Whether this is because it’s the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, or … More Spotlight: Women’s Crisis Care International

Concern/Schadenfreude: the Middle East on Hurricane Sandy

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

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…

Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included

 America seems to be run by a faith in dollar signs and a “me-me-me” culture. As I recently mentioned in my post on Eid al-Fitr, what were previously Christian religious holidays have turned into mere caricatures where piety, holiness and gratitude seem far from everyone’s minds. However, in light of some recent articles I have … More Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included