#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
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
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?
Back in the beginning of May I attended two showings at the Alwan Film Festival in New York City. Alwan for the Arts is a city-based nonprofit which seeks to promote Arabic film, art and music. The film festival, which was held in the brick Anthology Film Archives building in the Lower East side, showcased … More Film: Son of Babylon at the Alwan Film Festival
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….