#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
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?
It is not uncommon for political enemies to end up becoming allies. Middle Eastern politics are at a historic juncture right now, with long-standing alliances being shaken up and new deals being brokered between fervent enemies. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 incorporates the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran nuclear deal, into international law, finally opening up … More Iran, Turkey and Trying to Make Friends with “Terrorists”
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
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
I always like to do a visual post every year to show how Christmas is celebrated in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the region’s Christians have suffered a terrible year, with Syria’s Christians and Iraq’s Christian population forced to flee their respective countries due to the Syrian Civil War and the emergence of the Islamic State. Fun … More The Christmas Season in the Middle East
When the bombs stop, what will be left of Syria? Will there be any salvageable homes, businesses, roads, farms and trees? It’s been more than three years since the Syrian Civil War took shape, yet nothing has been gained by either side. In fact, the longer they fight, the more everyone stands to lose, whether … More Syria: What, and Who, Will Be Left to Rule?
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
In light of the holidays I have put together a post celebrating Christmas in the Middle East. Islam is always associated as the de facto religion of the Middle East, a way of unifying the countries which is useful but I ultimately find this dissatisfying, because it negates the presence of Christians (and Jews!) in … More Christmas in the Middle East
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?