Ortadoğu Kadınlardaki Statüsü: Gözlemler ve Engeller

I was given the opportunity to speak at a symposium organized by the International Relations Department Student Organization at my host university two weeks ago. Though very excited for the chance to talk about women's status, I was more than a little intimidated at the prospect of doing so in Turkish. I wrote an original … Continue reading Ortadoğu Kadınlardaki Statüsü: Gözlemler ve Engeller

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“This has to stop.”

As I prepare to leave for Turkey, and as I continue to absorb the onslaught of the news and reflect on this harrowing summer, the words of Rachel Corrie echo,* written in an e-mail to her mother from Rafah, Gaza three days before her death: I'm having a hard time right now. Just feel sick … Continue reading “This has to stop.”

ثورة

A Prayer by Naguib Mahfouz from Echoes of an Autobiography, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies I was less than seven years old when I said a prayer for the revolution. One morning I went to my primary school escorted by the maid. I walked like someone being led off to prison. In my hand was a copybook, … Continue reading ثورة

Asking the Right Questions

Just finished reading Yassin Alsalman's "Diatribes of a Dying Tribe," his master's thesis and multimedia collaboration with Omar Offendum, Excentrik, and Ragtop in "Fear of an Arab Planet, also known as the Arab Summit. I thoroughly enjoyed his analyses of the interactions between hip hop, identity, cultural appropriation and the political realities of "Middle Westerners," those of … Continue reading Asking the Right Questions

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

What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has

Marc Lynch's initial comments after a month-long hiatus from blogging: " And a lot sure has happened while I've been gone -- Israel and the Palestinians resolved the impasse over a settlement freeze and resumed talks, and… oh wait, that didn't happen. Well, Iraq now has a government… what? Oh, um, well at least we've made … Continue reading What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has