Dubai: A Halal Foodie’s Paradise

I recently went on a family vacation to Dubai and stayed there for a little over 2 weeks.  Dubai is known for many things, including extravagance as well as incompetence, but almost everyone agrees that it is one of the best places in the world for foodies.  Being a "Halal Foodie" myself (someone who only eats Halal food), I of course ate a bunch of American "Fast Food", since I can rarely eat that here in the United States.  But I also tried a variety of ethnic foods from around the world such a … [Read more...]

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The Aftermath: 12 years later

12 years ago, my friend Javaid Malik and I started on this documentary video called, "The Aftermath: American-Muslims After September 11th." It took us 14 months to complete as we did all the pre-production, research, script writing, shooting, editing, post-production, marketing, and promotion ourselves (although we did get help from a few people along the way).At the time it was a somewhat controversial video since it was rare for American Muslim leaders and activists to come on camera and … [Read more...]

Before You Blame Obama for the Problems in the Middle East – Read this Book!

Recently I read Fawaz A. Gerges’ latest book, “Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?” (2012). Gerges is a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.  I must admit, that I was skeptical at first, and did not think there would be anything new, but after reading it, I was shocked to learn some of the insights on US foreign policy over the past almost 70 years since World War II.Gerges, who also serves as the director of the M … [Read more...]