October 2, 2018 |
On privilege, sexual violence and the US’ school/college culture
The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 27, 2018 opened a window into the life of privilege, excessive drinking, sexual violence and America’s school/college culture. In the testimony, Ford accused judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party while…Islamic Thought Politics Race/Racism
September 12, 2018 |
US’s Defunding UNRWA & Starving the Palestinians into Surrender!
The decision taken by the Trump administration to de-fund or freeze $200 millions of US contribution to UNRWA, a sum that accounts for 1/3 of the financial needs for the Palestinian refugees, is an attempt to liquidate the root cause of the ongoing conflict, the 1948 Israeli ethnic cleansing of 78% of Palestine and the…Colonialism Palestine Politics
August 28, 2018 |
“Economic Hit Man” and Jackals: The Destructive Tools of Empire!
In his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins detailed the pernicious and destructive economic strategies deployed by Global North powers and the institutions that represent their interests against countries in the Global South. The term “economic hit man” is used to describe the role of individuals, like Perkins himself, whose assigned part…Colonialism Politics Race/Racism
July 19, 2018 |
Özil story: Soccer, double standards and Islamophobia
Mesut Özil, the German National Team player, posted a letter on July 22, 2018 explaining his reasons for retirement from the German team and international competitions. One sentence in Özil’s letter crystalized the predicament that racial, ethnic and religious minority players face across Europe: “I am German when we win but an immigrant when we…Islamophobia Politics Race/Racism
June 26, 2018 |
Local vs. transnational: False choices for American Muslims
Debates on how to best navigate the engagement in America’s complex and rapidly evolving political, social, cultural, religious and economic landscape are a major preoccupation for members of the diverse American Muslim community. At the core, the debates can be narrowed down to two main ideas: 1. We should focus on the rights of Muslims…Colonialism De-Colonial Islamic Politics Islamophobia Muslims in America Politics
June 13, 2018 | Daily Sabah
Israel’s compounded denials
The 1967 Six-Day War anniversary is upon us once more and there is no end in sight to Israel’s unrelenting crimes against Palestinians. On June 5, 1967, Israel launched preemptive attacks that swiftly destroyed the Egyptian air force and moved into Gaza and the Sinai Desert. This was followed by a campaign in the West…Colonialism Palestine Politics
May 23, 2018 |
The West foisting Zionism on the Palestinians!
T he Israeli army massacre, the Bloody Monday Massacre, in Gaza on May 14th, 2018, which deliberately killed 62 Palestinians with pre-positioned snipers and injured some 2100 in one day, follows a series of never-ending campaigns of torment and maiming intended at erasing Palestine and its population from the map. Palestine was/is part of a…Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics Race/Racism
April 15, 2018 |
Professor Tariq Ramadan and France’s Islamophobia
Professor Tariq Ramadan’s case and the solitary confinement he faces in a French prison sheds some light on the differentiated treatment Muslim subjects receive in the legal system of the Western states. In this article, I am not defending or making any arguments for the charges levied against professor Ramadan – they are serious and…Islamophobia Politics Race/Racism
March 22, 2018 |
Palestine and the First Amendment in the US: A Victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in Arizona
On Friday, March 17, I reached an agreement with the Arizona State University (ASU), the Arizona Board of Regents, and Arizona Attorney General that will allow a speaking event focusing on BDS to take place on April 3, 2018 on campus. The agreement is a victory for “the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement since…Colonialism Islamophobia Muslims in America Palestine Politics
March 15, 2018 |
Jerusalem: “Gradually, then Suddenly,” Zionism Ceases!
For Zionism, May 14th, 2018 is set to be a major celebration and an arrival to the top of the mountain, Jerusalem, and a US affirmation of the “rightfulness” of settler colonialism. Who can argue with this momentous arrival and on the anniversary of Israel’s independence, the Palestinian Nakba! From the Zionist vintage point of…Colonialism Palestine Politics