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
The Taliban in Pakistan tried to assassinate now 16-year-old Malala Yousufzai last year while she was riding the bus to school. Although severely wounded (she was shot in the head) Malala recovered with a clean bill of health and has become an international symbol of the fight for female education. The whole word has come … More Who’s Afraid of Malala Yousufzai?
Love is a beautiful thing, but not everyone thinks so–at least when it comes to Valentines Day. Here in the United States Valentines Day is just another commercial excuse to give and get (and to make single people feel lonely and down), but in the Middle East Valentines Day has much more controversy surrounding it. … More Valentines Day and Romance in the Middle East
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
How do you shoot a 14-year old girl? The whole world is waiting and watching, praying that Malala Yousufzai doesn’t die from the bullets that pierced her head and body after gunmen opened fire on her while she was riding a school bus. Yet even with the strong outcry against this cowardly action, the Taliban … More A Hero: Malala Yousufzai