• January 3, 2017 |

    Obama’s Abstention: A Positive Step But Too Little Too Late!

    The U.S.’s abstention on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was a major surprise coming in the waning days of President Obama’s administration. Just a day earlier, the U.N. Security Council’s process was brought to a screeching halt after news of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi withdrawing Egypt’s own resolution following a phone conversation with President-elect Trump,…

    Palestine Politics
  • December 22, 2016 |

    Trump’s Appointment of David Friedman is the Official End of Oslo

    Trump’s appointment of David M. Friedman as the new ambassador to Israel brings an end to 70 years of U.S. official policy on Palestine centered on U.N. resolutions 181, 242 and 338 with a two-state solution as the final outcome. Official policy or not, it must be made clear that, in reality, successive U.S. administrations…

    Colonialism Palestine Politics
  • December 13, 2016 |

    Dismembering the Ottomans and Colonizing Palestine

    The Zionist colonizing project in Palestine was carried out over a long period and had various stages to it but it could not have been possible without the involvement of Great Britain, France and the United States at a later point. Many books, articles and materials relating to Palestine tend to begin the Palestinian dispossession…

    Colonialism Islamic Politics Palestine Politics
  • November 16, 2016 |

    Trump and the Collapse of Neoliberal Economic Order!

    The string of right-wing political parties gaining the upper hand in elections across Europe and now joined by Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. election points to a much bigger phenomenon: the collapse of the neoliberal economic and political order.  Consequently, focusing on each election outcome across Europe and the U.S. misses the overall global…

    Colonialism Politics Race/Racism
  • October 19, 2016 |

    Palestine: Toward a New Era!

    The current situation in Palestine is unsustainable for the Palestinians as the internal dynamics are a harbinger for an impending future crisis. First and foremost, let’s dispense of any notions or comments of a “peace process” since none has existed as far back as the year 2000, if not before. What has been underway is…

    Palestine Politics
  • October 12, 2016 |

    Police Violence in America and Compounded Racism

    The spike in killing of unarmed African Americans by police officers is directly related to greater exposure, of historical and long-term endemic problems, and through the utilization of cameras and social media. Instead of seeing this as a drastic increase in the cases, the public should focus on police’s violence and abuse that has been…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • October 5, 2016 |

    Racism at the University: Silence, Indifference and Culpability

    “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King’s words are as true today as the time they were uttered during the tumultuous years of the 1960s. I don’t…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • September 28, 2016 |

    The First U.S. Presidential Debate: Divided We Shall Remain!

    The first U.S. presidential debate is already behind us and the day after, the American people are still as split as they were for the past 16 years.  We find the country is divided on almost every issue: race and racism, gender and equal pay, immigration, war on terror, military expenditures, NATO, healthcare, economy, taxes,…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • September 21, 2016 |

    Checkpoints on Palestine in Academia

    The “suspension” followed by the “reinstatement” of Ethnic Studies 198, Palestine, a settler colonial analysis course by University of California, Berkeley Administration is paradigmatic of Palestine’s treatment in academia. Narrating Palestine in academia is subject to a maze of official and not so official control levers which regulate how the subject is approached. To a…

    Palestine Politics
  • September 7, 2016 |

    Muslim Intellectuals and America’s Imperial Project!

    The role of the intellectual in these difficult times is paramount as debates on every issue abound in contemporary society. Nothing from the economy to the environment, race relations to healthcare, and migration to outer space exploration escape the debates and are all in contestation and in flux. At the outset, let’s not posit that…

    De-Colonial Islam Islamic Politics Islamic Thought Muslims in America Politics Race/Racism