Arab American Women Mobilize in Michigan

This post was originally published on the Arab American Institute newsblog on July 10, 2012, and on the Yalla Change blog on July 11, 2012. A group of Arab American women in Dearborn, Michigan are mobilizing get out the vote efforts in preparation for November’s presidential election. Founded by Jumana Judeh, Arab American Women for Obama (AAWO) has … Continue reading Arab American Women Mobilize in Michigan

Wear A Hoodie this Friday

To my Kenyon Community, The media is ablaze with controversy following the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin last month. His death (and the debate that has ensued) is one stark example amidst a series of incidents in the last week which have demonstrated the power and pervasiveness of racial, ethnic, gender, religious biases … Continue reading Wear A Hoodie this Friday

Hoodies, Hijabis and the Hunger Games

This article was originally published by the online edition of the Kenyon Observer I remember in the aftermath of President Obama’s election in November 2008, many proclaimed that America was post-racial. I disagreed then and now with this assessment; it suggests that the election of a black President amounted to full eradication of racial prejudices … Continue reading Hoodies, Hijabis and the Hunger Games

The Third Jihad and the NYPD

My latest blog post for the Yalla Change campaign, called, "The Third Jihad: Dangerous NYPD Training Materials on American Muslims" can also be read here.“This is not a film about Islam. This is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.” So begins The Third Jihad: … Continue reading The Third Jihad and the NYPD

Looking for Change in the State of the Union

This post was originally published by the Yalla Change Campaign. View the original here! Last night, Barack Obama delivered his third State of the Union address. While the speech focused on the economy, it was bookended by twin references to the Navy SEAL operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The President’s speech reminded Americans of … Continue reading Looking for Change in the State of the Union

A State of Denial: Candidates, Consequences and the Road to Peace

This article was originally published in the January 2012 edition of The Kenyon Observer In an interview with The Jewish Channel last month, Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich described the Palestinian people as “invented.” When questioned during a presidential debate a few days later, Gingrich continued to make misleading remarks, including “The word ‘Palestinian’ did … Continue reading A State of Denial: Candidates, Consequences and the Road to Peace

-obic campaign

I am disgusted with the xenophobic tone present in the comments of many of the GOP presidential candidates in recent weeks, and disheartened (but not surprised) that the trend continued tonight during the Republican debate in New Hampshire. These Constitution-toting candidates ignore the plurality inherent the opening lines of our Bill of Rights :"Congress shall … Continue reading -obic campaign

OBL’s Death; Hoping for the End of an Era

Last night, as it was being announced that the president would make a speech my friend said, half-jokingly, that we had probably found bin Laden. We did. I was in fifth grade on September 11, 2001. I have grown up watching my country descend into a quagmire of militarization, subjugation of Muslim and other Arab … Continue reading OBL’s Death; Hoping for the End of an Era