life
World

Traveling With a Celebrity

All celebrities are not divas, just like all divas are not celebrities. Traveling with either is always entertaining for us mere mortals. Let me recount a few recent incidents I experienced while traveling with a non-diva celebrity, a published author to be exact, and more importantly, a SINGLE male. Married women will admit to “nerd […]

Read More
World

The Victims of Egypt’s Revolution

Cairo has changed a lot. Before Arab Spring, the streets were cacophonous but now it is common to witness energized youth populations as they find their collective voice. Early this morning, I looked down from the balcony of my hotel room to see a handful of young Egyptians carrying banners and chanting slogans as they […]

Read More
CVE

Vegans and Cannibals

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself. -The Art of War […]

Read More
life

Hijab-Spotting

Large conference crowds are the perfect place to be alone. They’re also the best place for hijab-spotting, a relatively unknown activity that involves watching hijab styles and trying to figure out how they were created (and stay in place). For those of you who don’t know, hijab tying and pinning ranges from being functional to […]

Read More
America
life

The American Muslim Thanksgiving

In recognition of the upcoming turkey day, I am re-posting this blog post from last year. ____________________________________________ Thanksgiving is that wonderful yearly holiday when American families bond over food and enjoy the typical dysfunction and drama that invariably happens when people related by blood come together. For immigrants, Thanksgiving is the day when everything is […]

Read More
pics around the globe
World

Remembering the Pearl Monument in Bahrain

My last post was at the beginning of the Bahraini protests. Much has transpired since then, namely the conversion of the protests from reform to demanding the removal of the rulers, and the subsequent suppression of the protests through the violent use of force. Saudi troops/tanks/humvees have rolled into Manama and “taken care of matters.” […]

Read More
World

MENA on Fire: the Bahraini Story

While the protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Libya and Iran are not a surprise, the ones in Bahrain definitely are. Not because the population is not unhappy, (the majority shia are extremely oppressed by the minority sunni ruling class), but because in this constitutional monarchy bordering Saudi Arabia, it is rare that they were […]

Read More
World

Egypt in Pictures: Sparrows (18)

In support of the Egyptian people who achieved their calls for change, I will post photos of Egypt for each of their 18 days of protest, for viewers to see what their lovely country is really like. Photos are from a 5-6 week stay in Egypt in the summer of 2008. To end this 18 […]

Read More
pics around the globe
pics of egypt
World

Egypt in Pictures: Ibn Tulun Mosque (17)

In support of the Egyptian people who achieved their calls for change, I will post photos of Egypt for each of their 18 days of protest, for viewers to see what their lovely country is really like. Photos are from a 5-6 week stay in Egypt in the summer of 2008. In Cairo, the City […]

Read More
pics of egypt

Egypt in Pictures: Alexandria (16)

In support of the Egyptian people who achieved their calls for change, I will post photos of Egypt for each of their 18 days of protest, for viewers to see what their lovely country is really like. Photos are from a 5-6 week stay in Egypt in the summer of 2008. Alexandria is a city […]

Read More