Ray Kelly to DHS? Here’s Why Not

This was originally posted on AAI's newsblog on July 19, 2013 under the title, "Why Commissioner Kelly is the Wrong Choice to Lead Homeland Security." Recent press reports have suggested that President Obama may be considering Ray Kelly, Commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), for the recently vacated position of Secretary of the Department … Continue reading Ray Kelly to DHS? Here’s Why Not

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Remembering Andrew Pochter, مصلح

"Every act of violence is a betrayal of language." -Naomi Shihab Nye "I detest any form of violence." -Andrew Pochter Pochter wrote that in an e-mail to a group of Kenyon students which included myself following violence in Gaza and Israel last November. A month and a half after losing him, I still don't have … Continue reading Remembering Andrew Pochter, مصلح

Interview With Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad

I had the honor and pleasure of tag-teaming an interview of Jad Abumrad with Matt Haugen for AAI. The published interview appears below, and was originally posted on July 26, 2013 on AAI's newsblog.  Jad Abumrad is a musician, producer, and host and creator of WNYC’s wildly popular radio show and podcast, Radiolab.The show won the … Continue reading Interview With Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad

Mos Def YouTube Video Sheds Light on Inhumanity of Force-Feeding at Gitmo

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

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