Click over to AMERICABlog.com to read my first piece for them, titled "Bobby Jindal's denial of our hypen-nation:" ...if Bobby Jindal wants American children to grow up feeling a sense of pride in their nation, how is denying the very thing that makes the United States exceptional productive?" Like Bobby Jindal, my name and my … Continue reading Bobby Jindal and How American’s Understand Their Identities
... Haven't posted in a while. Sorry! Life update, casual WordPress peruse-rs and loyal followers: I have returned to the States and my hometown in Ohio, and will be here until late August, reconnecting with my family, relaxing, taking up the scoop at Jacky's Depot once again, and... catching up on blogging about seven months … Continue reading Things to Come
I'm writing from my hotel in Rome where my great aunt and I are spending the Easter holiday taking in the sites, cuisine, and each others stories of travel and culture. Rome is of course hectic at this time, with tourists flooding the city for Holy Week. There are so many aspects of the architecture … Continue reading Looking Up in Rome
Some of the tunes I have sending me off...Breathe from In the Heights #Syria by Omar OffendumFire and Rain by James TaylorBerzerk by Eminem Al 3alm Allah by Amr Diab We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted SisterBedouin Dress by Fleet FoxesIt Won't Be Long Now from In the Heights
This post was originally published on AAI's newsblog. Inhumane treatment continues at Guantanamo Bay, where over 100 of the 166 prisoners detained there are in the midst of a hunger strike. Some have been fasting for over 100 days. The number of those currently being force-fed has reached at least a quarter of the total population of the prison, over 40 … Continue reading Mos Def YouTube Video Sheds Light on Inhumanity of Force-Feeding at Gitmo
This piece was originally published under the title "Hope and Change From Election Night's Results" http://kenyonobserver.com/2012/11/07/hope-and-change-from-election-nights-results/ on the Kenyon Observer blog on November 7, 2012 in reaction to elections in the United States the previous day.In his acceptance speech last night, President Barack Obama said, “we know in our hearts that for the United States of … Continue reading Forward?
This piece was originally published on the Kenyon Observer blog on October 15, 2012. In the wake of the ongoing Supreme Court hearing regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, and a lively debate about attacking oppression within those marginalized communities advocating repeal of these laws, Macklemore's message of inclusion remains as timely … Continue reading Politics, Love, Religion, and Hip Hop
Beautiful new video out by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert. Same Love is a cry for GLBTQQ equality, and calls to task those who use religious justifications for bigotry. (More on that re: policy making from my friend Jared, here.) The song also calls out the hip hop community for it's stagnation and … Continue reading Hip Hop Love
College costs and class disparity on campuses have been a persistent topic of conversation the last few weeks. This article in the Kenyon Collegian this morning highlights the stress of financial aid packages the College is currently facing. The discussion of the inconsistency between budgeted aid projections and demonstrated need of students ignores what I … Continue reading The Cost of College
Note on the title of this post: "Sah-tein" (Sa7tein) is the Lebanese equivalent of bon appetit. When you drink, one says "sa-ha," (sa7a) and the dual form ending (ein) is applied to the word for eating; double saha. It's no surprise to y'all that I love Middle Eastern food.The standards are common in the States: … Continue reading Sa7tein!