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Orwell’s Egypt

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Suffice it to say, this is the most depressing anniversary yet of the Egyptian uprising. Somehow, the country has managed in the last three years not only to make no societal progress, but to actually regress to a situation that in many ways is worse than the Mubarak-era status quo. A cursory rundown of recent events highlight the utter absurdity ... Read More »

Egypt’s Political Crisis: What You Need to Know About Morsi, the Brotherhood and “Tamarod”

Mideast Egypt Return to Protests

Much has changed in the nearly two and a half years since Egyptians took to the streets to topple the thirty-year regime of Hosni Mubarak. Much has also remained the same – or gotten worse. These observations go doubly for the one year since Muḥammad Morsi became Egypt's first freely elected president. No one expected the years following Mubarak's fall ... Read More »

Unmosqued Series: Role of the Masaajid – East vs. West

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With all the problems that the masajid have in the US, at least there is an opportunity to change things, there is room to make a difference; all roads don’t lead to dead-ends, and, most importantly, there is freedom to raise your voice. Read More »

8 Reasons Why Pakistan Needs Imran Khan to Win Elections and Become the Next Prime Minister

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My title encapsulates a critical message.  It frames Pakistan needing Imran Khan, not the other way round. Of course,  Imran needs Pakistan for his sense of identity and belonging, but he does not need Pakistan or its top job for personal enrichment or popularity. This itself sets Imran Khan apart from most other politicians. Imran has been blessed with more ... Read More »

Anti-Muslim Bigot Daniel Pipes Says Back Assad to Keep Syrians Killing Each Other

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A new and a very shocking video reveals the true color of anti-Muslim bigots.  This video is a definite MUST WATCH.  In his ever-devilish looks, master-bigot Daniel Pipes makes a short appearance on a TV show to share with us his indispensable views on Syria.  It doesn't really need any of my commentary.  His words speak for themselves.  Here are some excerpts: “We're best off them ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Part 3

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 |   Part 2 | Part 3 |  Part 4 | (Note: The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) refers to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 )  Apartheid Roads and Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Israel has created a system of extensive roads in the Palestinian territories, primarily in the West Bank, which connect Jewish ... Read More »

Elevate the Discourse Before Voting Becomes The New Halal Meat

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Every single conference. Every single lecture. Every single guest speaker. Every single gathering of friends… …Every single time, a halal meat discussion. Is it halal? Is it zabihah? Why should you pick one or the other? For the last 20 years, the level of discourse on this subject has stayed the same. We still have the same arguments, the same ... Read More »

The Embassy Attacks: Hyperbole, Hypocrisy and Hujarat

Ignorance is a Disaster

There is lots of blame to go around for the tragedies that occurred throughout the Middle East last week. Like is often the case, however, Egypt was at the epicenter of it all - and more specifically, Egyptian culture. Read More »

Making Sense of the Egyptian Elections: A Political Analysis

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By: A Voice from Egypt On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Muḥammad Morsi became the first democratically elected president in the history of Egypt.  For the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's victory must seem like the culmination of a 90 year struggle to gain political influence over Egyptian politics.  However, the future is fraught with difficulties, since Egypt's revolution was partial and remains incomplete.  Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood are ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Part 1

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Pre-req | Introduction  |   Part I |  Part 2 | Part 3 |  Part 4 “ If I were to change the names, a description of what is happening in Gaza and the West Bank could describe events in South Africa.” — Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1989  What is Apartheid? Apartheid is the Afrikaans word for 'separateness' or 'separate development'. Historically, it was used to refer to the set ... Read More »

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