Insulting Muslim Fashion and Modest Dressing is as Bad as Forcing the Hijab

By Saideh Jamshidi To cover or not to cover, that’s the problem, but to whom? When Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé recently advised fellow designers to have nothing to do with Muslim fashion, he sounded less like a renowned global fashion designer and more like the Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of [Read More…]

Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” Tells a Harrowing Tale and Goes Deep Into Iranian Culture

By Zaki Hasan For his feature directing debut, Rosewater, longtime Daily Show host and “most trusted newsman in America” Jon Stewart made the somewhat counter-intuitive decision to sidestep the comedy genre entirely. Instead, he chose to tell the true-life story of Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who spent 118 days in an Iranian prison following that [Read More…]

Presidential Debates – What to Watch for as Obama and Romney Tackle Foreign Policy

By Fawaz Gerges The debate tonight comes at an important time — issues in the Middle East with global significance are developing by the day. Recent events, like the violent protests in Libya and Egypt, Iran’s growing nuclear program and massacres in Syria have brought the candidates’ respective foreign policies, a fringe issue thus far [Read More…]


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