Social Media and Immigration Discrimination

An invitation to study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities should have been enough to secure safe passage into the United States. Yet 17 year-old Palestinian Ismail Ajjawi was barred entry to the US for ten days after Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents detained him for questioning upon arrival at Boston Airport. … More Social Media and Immigration Discrimination

‘Happy’ Videos Take over the Middle East

Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy,’ which I love, is everywhere. The phenomenon of groups of people (often by city) filming themselves dancing to the song has spread around the world, and the world’s Muslims and Middle Easterners are not to be left out. Of course, much like that now-infamous ‘Mipsterz in America’ video that featured trendy … More ‘Happy’ Videos Take over the Middle East

Indians are Not Terrorists, and Neither are Arabs!

The title of this blog post is eye-catching, if a little stupid-sounding. Of course, the intelligent, worldly reader might say: Indians are not terrorists, and neither are Arabs! How could one ever lump a whole race/ethnicity/nation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it of people into one categorization and label based on the actions of a few people? But alas, the blog … More Indians are Not Terrorists, and Neither are Arabs!

As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians

As we celebrate Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, here in the United States of America, Egyptians too are celebrating on a national level: on July 3rd, yesterday, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party in a military coup. I am pleased that Mohammed Morsi is no longer in … More As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians

The Shelling of Gaza, part 95859220339494934….

Palestine. Israel. Gaza. Rockets. Unrest. Death. For the umpteenth time, the small strip of land known as Gaza in “Palestine” is under siege.This might not phase the people of gaza as much as it might if it happened elsewhere, given the constant trading of fire between israel and palestine that their everyday life is usually … More The Shelling of Gaza, part 95859220339494934….