(note: the title of this blogpost is meant to be ironic, not denote embarrassment or shame of my beliefs) Donald Trump, you are a disgrace not only to Americans but to humanity on a whole. Your rhetoric is not what America stands for. America does not stand for (in no particular order): racism, ignorance, … More Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump
August 6 marked the second American Presidential Primary debate for the Republican party, an event that promised to be full of interesting (read: highly questionable) soundbites, particularly on American foreign policy in the Middle East. The candidates did not disappoint, sharing their (scary) views on the future of the Islamic State aka Daesh; how to … More MENA Viewpoints: USA Presidential Primaries Debate (R) #1
Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has created an intense debate, one that I honestly feel is undeserved. On one side, you have the film critics and Hollywood (and American moviegoers) who rave about the movie, which is up for several Oscars. On the other side, you have the Muslim community and your typical liberals (I am … More Film Review: The Controversy around American Sniper
January 25th. Four years later. As I was reviewing my post from last year, I realized that what I had hoped would not transpire-the election of former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi-has come true. Sisi has been president for less than a year, and in some ways Egypt has calmed: there are less protests, the Muslim … More #Jan25 Revolution Yr 4: What Revolution?
This is the third year in a row that I’ve written my sarcastic predictions/resolutions for the Middle East. Either these nations’ governments are not listening to me or making resolutions is not a regional tradition because I seem to be repeating myself! 2014 was no better than 2013 on issues of peace, and with the emergence … More 2015 Predictions for the Middle East
The Egyptians have come around full circle since the January 25th Revolution, right smack dab to where they started. Former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been crowned (a much better word choice than elected) president of Egypt in a landslide win that surprised zero percent of the population. I still don’t know why Hamdeen Sabahi … More Seriously Not Surprised over Sisi
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?
Enough with the movie reviews for the moment! As I have had to delay my post on Arab-world national beauty pageants, I will weigh in instead on recent events in two of my favorite countries to discuss, Egypt and Iran! Egypt: We don’t give a “dam;” No Morsi! Oh, what else is new? President Mohammad … More Egypt and Iran, Morsi and Rouhani
Like the Lebanese film Caramel, Lemon Tree makes an illusion to the idea that life is, well, like food: in this case, like a lemon, life is both sweet and sour. Lemon Tree is a remarkable movie in that, as the lawyer Ziad says (and in contrast to The Syrian Bride) “life does not always have a Hollywood ending.” Lemon … More Lemon Tree: Quiet Sadness and Rage in an Israeli-Palestine Film
2012 was an all-around nightmare for the Middle East, politically, economically, socially: no stone was left upturned The turmoil and strife of 2012 needs to be left behind, and 2013 needs to be the year of peace and prosperity! A list of resolutions for the New Year: 1. Syria: The ending of the war between State … More 2013 Resolutions for the Middle East