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Author Archives: Ani Karapetyan

Arabic Debate Team Qualifies for International Championship

SOURCE: CONNECTICUT COLLEGE The three students on Connecticut College’s Arabic Debate Team—none of whom had ever participated in a formal debate competition before—didn’t expect to make it past the preliminary rounds of the 2nd U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship. After all, there were more than 40 teams representing 34 of the most prestigious universities in … Continued

For A Colourful Holiday Feast, Try Pomegranates

By: Habeeb Salloum/Contributing Writer Wonderful to look at and delicious in taste, pomegranate seeds are heaven sent for festive occasions. The bright red seeds are ideal for garnishing the foods prepared for a holiday feast. In addition to their use an ingredient for almost all types of stuffing, they can be employed in the decoration … Continued

For Arab Americans, It’s Not Thanksgiving Without Hashweh

SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES BY: REEM KASSIS The rice-based stuffing is often a centerpiece of celebrations in the Arab world, and on holiday tables in the United States. Chicken or lamb filled with hashweh — “stuffing” in Arabic — is a staple of celebratory meals. But hashweh can also stand on its own at … Continued

Middle Eastern Style Western Holiday Dinner

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer As a youth on the western Canadian prairies, my mother for holiday meals often cooked a turkey, the renowned western holiday treat. However, unlike the bread stuffed turkeys, common in North America, she stuffed it with rice, a tradition of stuffing fouls she brought with her from Syria. The … Continued

Taking Responsibility for the Deaths of Others

SOURCE: WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS By: Walter L. Hixson FOR SEVERAL DAYS the American public memorialized the 13 U.S. soldiers killed at the Kabul airport in the Aug. 26 attack, which punctuated the ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan. It was well and proper that we mourned the deaths of these service men and women, who … Continued

Exploring the Heart of Old Damascus

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer I was not the first person to be enthralled with Damascus – the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The Byzantine emperor Justinian called it ‘the light of the Orient’; ‘the writer Maurice Barres is reported to have said ‘Damascus is not a mere area of land, it is the … Continued

Hollywood Orientalism is not about the Arab World

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA BY: HAMID DABASHI The recent release of Dune: Part One (2021), an American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve, has once again raised the vexing question of Hollywood mis/representation of Arabs, Muslims, and Islam. Film critics particularly from the Arab and Muslim world are up in arms and back on their hobbyhorse … Continued

Arab Americans: The Promise, Not the Problem, of Dearborn

SOURCE: ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE BY: DR. JAMES J. ZOGBY There are many stories that will be written about the meaning of the 2021 elections, but for me the most important news was Abdullah Hammoud’s victory as the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan. In many ways, that city has played a central role in our work to … Continued

The Oldest Wine Press Have Been Excavated in Northern Iraq

By: Ani Karapetyan/Arab America Contributing Writer Two weeks ago a group of Italian archaeologists from the University of Udine discovered an ancient site near the province of Dohuk, in northern Iraq. After close excavations in the site, archeologists uncovered an ancient wine factory and rock-carved royal reliefs.  The Winepress dates back 2,700 years to Assyrian … Continued

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