Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump

(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

MENA Viewpoints: USA Presidential Primaries Debate (R) #1

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

Iran, Turkey and Trying to Make Friends with “Terrorists”

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”

Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

The Scene: Cannes Film Festival continued; Just Cavalli opened in Beirut at the end of Summer Fashion Week; and Adore Beauty Salon opened a new outpost in Dubai, with MJK Haifa Wehbe presiding over the festivities. Fashionista of the Week: Najwa Karam. Najwa was touring the United States and Canada, and while some of her … More Nogomi Fashions #6: gowns, brights and ugly shoes

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

Film Review: The Controversy around American Sniper

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

Observations from Harvard Arab Weekend 2014

For four days each November leading academics, businesspeople and other personalities converge on the world’s most famous institution for Harvard Arab Weekend. Sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and other Middle East/North Africa student organizations, this conference, billed as the ‘largest pan-Arab conference in North America” according to its website, discusses the most important issues … More Observations from Harvard Arab Weekend 2014

‘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