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Author Archives: Warren David

Jill Stein on BDS, Terrorism, and the U.S. Role in the Middle East

Jill Stein of the Green Party has received considerable attention in an all but ordinary election cycle. Stein outlined aspects of her foreign policy platform and counterterrorism approaches in a recent CNN Town Hall. ISIL and Counterterrorism During audience questioning, Stein broke from mainstream opinion on ISIL and the Middle East, suggesting that there is … Continued

Arab America Presents: #FalafelFighters with 12 Legislators Fighting For Arab Americans

In response to the popular series #HummusHaters, which highlights those who vilify the Arab American community and calls on them to try a taste of our culture, Arab America presents #FalafelFighters. Those who fight against anti-Arab bigotry, Islamophobia, and discrimination towards Arab Americans are Falafel Fighters who stand by our side. Falafel Fighters are the Arab … Continued

Lebanon 1970 – Psychedelic Funk Rock

BY:Eugene Smith/Contributing Writer Psychedelic Funk Music of Lebanon in the 60’s and 70’s: Cultural Conversation through Sound Once a tourism advertisement for westerners, this footage offers a grainy window into the joie de vivre of pre-civil war Lebanon. Scantily clad women frequent snow-white beaches and azure Mediterranean waters. Alcohol flows as if pouring from a … Continued

Tragedy in Nice, Countering New Extremism

By: Eugene Smith/Contributing Writer The Tragedy On Thursday night,  thousands were gathered along the historic Promenade des Anglais in coastal Nice to celebrate Bastille Day, a national holiday symbolic of freedom and French unity.  The fireworks had just ended and the festivities were beginning to calm. Other than a rainstorm on the horizon, it was … Continued

Dallas Shooting: Stop the One Equals All Mentality. Join in Solidarity.

BY: Eugene Smith/Contributing Writer The Tragedy: On Thursday evening, the Dallas Police presided over a peaceful demonstration held by the local Black Lives Matter movement protesting the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The deaths of the two young men weighed heavily on the frustrated crowd as they marched chanting “enough is enough.” In a sign … Continued

Muhammad Ali: His Funeral and the Greater Arab World

By: Eugene Smith/Contributing Writer Muhammad Ali’s deeds reverberated in America’s conscious as emblematic of freedom, redemption, and an unwavering commitment to justice. He was prone to controversy, yet he never wavered from his principles. In his old age he rose to reverence, as a voice for peace and acceptance, garnering the utmost respect and admiration … Continued

10 brands you’ll have to give up if you’re boycotting Israel

By: Christa Case Bryant/ Christian Science Monitor Since 2005, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) has called on the international community to pressure Israel economically as “a form of civil resistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism, and apartheid.” That would mean significant lifestyle changes for some consumers. Here are 10 brands that BDS supporters have urged … Continued

Zaki Barzinji Named White House Liaison to American Muslims

BY: Eugene Ferrug/Contributing Writer As a counterpoint to the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim vitriol witnessed during the 2016 campaign season, on Thursday, the White House appointed Zaki Barzinji as the American Muslim Community Liaison with the Office of Public Engagement. At 27 years old, Barzinji, the former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under Virginia Governor Terry … Continued

Syrian Refugees Send Remittances Back Home

Newsweek Mirren Gidda Ahmad Kobah was 17 when he fled the Syrian city of Aleppo to seek a new life in Europe. When he set off in August 2014, he took $1,600 in cash—enough, he thought, to cover his two main expenses: his airfare from Syria to Turkey and a boat crossing to Greece. “It … Continued

The Chilling Effect of Anthropology Studies on American Campuses

The Electronic Intifada By: Yasmin Nair In 1989, the queer theory professor Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, a founder of the field, presented a paper, “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl,” at the annual gathering of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Although few read or heard the paper – the conference is only open to members – … Continued

LA Times Review of ‘The Idol’

LA Times By: Sheri Linden There’s an irresistible pull to the story of Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian wedding singer who made his way from a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to the TV screens of tens of millions of fans. The same can be said of “The Idol,” an uneven but charmingly earnest fictionalized … Continued

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