Tunisia’s Spies

Tunis Al Khadhra (Tunisia, the green) ruled under oppression and tyranny for the last 23 years under Ben Ali’s corrupt regime and his wife’s mafia, the Trebelsi family has finally tasted the sweetness of freedom. No one would have ever thought that a revolution such as this one would have been sparked just by one … Continue reading

Hate, Racism and Islamophobia Take a Trip to Minneapolis

Photo Credit: spamfriedrice Thursday Night: Two American-born Muslims harassed outside of Minneapolis Jazz Club Yes, that’s right.  I believe this is the most excitement the sidewalk outside of the jazz club has experienced in a long time… though I wouldn’t know as it is not often that I am in downtown at 10pm on a … Continue reading

10 Reasons Not to Attend the American University in Cairo (AUC) During a Revolution

10 Instead of encouraging you to stand in solidarity and join the protests against an oppressive dictator, they will bribe you to stay inside by offering pizza, and shibsy. 9 If that doesn’t convince you, they will say tell you that you are a walking target because you are American. 8 Once your home university … Continue reading

That Lone Airport Worker: 5 Months Since a Revolution

I cannot believe it has been over 5 months since I was in Egypt.  Over 5 months since the most vivid and emotionally intense week of my life and exactly 5 months since a country became free of the 30 year rule of Hosni Mubarak.  And what I remember most about that week and a … Continue reading

What do Coldplay and Natalie Portman Have to do with Palestine?

“If it’s controversial.It sells” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard  my  journalism professors repeat this but it’s 100% true. A more recent controversy taking over many social network conversations is Coldplay’s public support of a single title “Freedom For Palestine”by a band called OneWorld. Since Coldplay, who’ve won seven Grammy awards and six … Continue reading

Moroccans Need Freedom? No. Food? Pssh. Shakira? YES!

On the same day activist Kamal Amari was beaten, it turns out Shakira was invited to Marrakech to sing in honor of the victims of the recent terrorist attack at Argana Café.  Ironic? Maybe.  But what’s really twisted is the Moroccan government’s perception of priorities amidst a struggling economy and protests calling for the dismantling … Continue reading

In Denial: The Moroccan Government on the Death of Kamal Amari

Kamal Amari, a member of Al Adl wal-Ihsane (Justice and Charity) died of injuries from security forces at protests on Thursday in the city of Safi, 350 kilometers south of Casablanca as reported in an emailed statement from the February 20th youth movement. Mr. Hakim Sikuk, also a member of Al Adl wal-Ihsane relayed, “The … Continue reading

Regarding the current changes in the Middle East, As an Algerian…

…as an Algerian-American I’m confused and disappointed. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how I feel on the ‘Algerian revolution’ in these past couple of months and many time’s I’ve been cautious about expressing my opinion as to not offend anyone. Yes, I did a victory dance for Tunisia and Egypt. Yes, … Continue reading

Algiers, Algeria

Wait, Where Are You From Again?

When asked where I’m from, I usually reply ‘Minneapolis’ but many times the asker is referring to where I’m ORIGINALLY from; and to that I answer: Algiers, Algeria. The asker might then nod their head knowingly although I’m pretty sure they have no clue where Algeria is located or even heard of the region before. … Continue reading

Sha’abi to Chique… A Reflection on #Jan25 and the Realities of Modern Egypt

On my first trip to Cairo, I never imagined the lifestyle and landscape I would soon be entering upon… I imagined a place with dirt roads and donkeys, abayas and gellabayas as Egyptians say.  I imagined the sha’abi Egypt, where Arabs acted like Arabs!  Is that too much to ask for?  And when I arrived, … Continue reading