Syria

Duma. Irbin. Hammurah. Siqbah. Jisrayn. Zamalka. Ayn Tarma. Jawbar. Mulayha. Kafr Batna. Mu'addamiyah. Darayya.They sound foreign, biblical to American ears, but they stand beside other, more familiar names. Troy. Cyprus. Wounded Knee. NanJing. Odessa. Warsaw. Dresden.  Kent State. Sabra and Shatilla. Tian An Men.All places where people were slaughtered for the sake of land, power, and politics.For the past three weeks, the world has been asking itself, as we must do all too … [Read more...]

The Politics of Fear

The George Zimmerman trial and acquittal raises important questions that we as a society must address. The most pressing of these is whether all fears are equally justified, along with it's corollary: whether one's belief that one might be seriously harmed should be taken as face value by a jury or should it be evaluated for plausibility.As a woman, I appreciate a law that says if a man accosts me in a dark parking lot and grabs my wrist I don't have to scream for help while he drags me into … [Read more...]

Ramadan: An Ever-Varied Feast

2013 will mark my 26th Ramadan. If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that no Ramadan is quite like another.My first Ramadan, I was in China, sharing a small dorm room with two non-Muslim roommates. I would sneak out for suhur -- the early morning meal -- so as not to wake them. All the cafeterias on campus were closed, so I'd open a tin of peaches and make it a meal with a steamed bun saved from the evening before and a cup of boiled water. For iftar -- dinner -- I rode … [Read more...]


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