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Category Archives: Literature

From terrible, to v good poetry

It has been a minute since I wrote you, and for this I am sorry. I have read every single message you sent, and I thank you for your overwhelming…


10 year anniversary & Min Fami

Today is this home’s 10 year anniversary. Yeah, it’s as unbelievable to me as it is to you, my seven readers. Last night, I participated in my first ever panel…

Rest In Peace, Marvin Glass

Today I learnt of the passing of one of my favourite university professors – Marvin Glass. He is the original and most clear image I hold of my first days…

Sexualization of young girls is dangerous

It’s 2011. I can’t fkn believe that we are still taking about this sh.t, that it is still surprising to some, that studies have to be done to confirm it, …

Mubarak’s Convenient Heart Attack

Find my latest political blip here. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on…

On Yemen, Egypt & Jordan

From friend Mazen Chouaib, who recently wrote… “The challenge now in Egypt is to see how far these diverse groups can sustain the civil protest and present a counter offer…

Do you know Gene Sharp?

You should. His free booklet was used to instruct the Egyptian pro-democracy demonstrators. Please meet and read about him here. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via…

Muslims & Christians in Egypt

I can count the number of times I have posted emails from readers, but this is one well worth it. “Hi Maha, I am Ri7am and I always read your…

Comprehensive analysis on Egypt (and others)

For those of you asking after comprehensive information rather than mere reporting of current events, please take a poke through the Stratfor Global Intelligence website here. In order to read…

Lit Up is the Arabic Street

Update 2 Feb: Tahrir Square is turning into a bloodbath. Reports coming in that plain-clothed security forces have been let loose on the Square, and most exits blocked, so that…

I inspired a character in a fiction short story (EEEE!!!!)

S (about whom I have here frequently written) said it in this way: “I thought…what would it have been like for me to meet Maha while we were children?” And…

Dear Dr. Aalya

I love you very much and am proud of you beyond words or measure. I have printed Bordering on Fear: A Comparative Literary Study of Horror Fiction, your 399 page…

"Raising My Voice"

From my brilliant editor at rabble. (Derrick! Please forgive that it took me so long to post this. I am lame; this you know, but now it is public. I…

Are you an American?

Then you must please set aside 10 minutes and read this analysis by John J Mearsheimer, titled Saving Israel from Itself. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share…

Not Lives of Girls and Women

I’ve just dined with Alice Munro. It was relatively quiet as I didn’t say one word and instead let her letters slip off the page and create for me an…

Argh

I don’t have the words to express anything…but…maybe that if she enjoyed herself so much, they should have left her there. Happy “recreating”, Dumba**. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

Poor judge-ment on display in scholarship discrimination

Please find my latest piece here at rabble. And a little announcement, that I am very excited to make, as rabble is Canada’s no.1 progressive voice: rabble asked me to…

‘Modern’ malaise, dread & boredom

Spiritual discussion contextualized within the aesthetic modern, specific to…read and find out to what. If you are of the variety who believes they are not held to a higher moral…

Oooh. Politix. Yummy scrumptious wet dripping politics.

John Cusack’s War, Inc CrackSpace has posted one of my political pieces here as their most recent blog entry. I am humbled that they think enough of my writing to…

Oh

“Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food and money…” I started crying when I read the above…

Unity, as taught by Islam

“It became clear to him that every [species], although apparently a multiplicity – if one considered all its separate organs, senses and movements – was really a unity if seen…

The Gaza Bombshell

You must please read Vanity Fair’s The Gaza Bombshell. It is a lengthy article and so I recommend you print it up and then read it when you are in…

Gaza

This is where you will find the most comprehensive information about what is happening in Gaza. Bookmark it. All over the world there are demonstrations and vigils being organised. Look…

On Palestine

An educational two sites sent my way (thank you!). First is the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and second is Israel’s 60th Birthday blog that has an excellent Jews-in-solidarity-with-Palestinians blog roll…

Cricket in a Fist

Of the many things for which I am thankful are the friends I hold near and dear. Na.oh.mee, mentioned here previously, is one of these friends. Of all her exceptional…

The 3 Cs for Understanding

Clear. Concise. Correct. p.s. For those interested in getting into the guts of politics, read the Financial Times. I don’t usually mention this because most individuals look at me as…

I Recommend

that during this coming holiday season, and among the varied books you read, you take some time to walk carefully through Reza Aslan’s No god but God; The Origins, Evolution…

In response to the notion

that believing in God is the first step to becoming a killer, en masse. I would add: on many levels, this particular line of thinking seems the natural route for…

Update On Maher Arar

“…our Government (USA) did not admit it was a mistake, but it is worse than a mistake because our Government seems to continue to claim the authority to snatch someone…

This is what happens

…when my mind is captured by a book: I write all over it. In the middle of the night a few weeks later, I’ll wake up and add another note…

What do you do when you read things like this?

…there is an urgent need to counter the Palestinian de-development phenomenon, but it is also important not to normalise “something that should never be normal”. “This is man-made poverty, and…

A Monopoly on The Truth

“…when the CIA or FBI cannot legally hold a [alleged] terrorist subject, or wish a target questioned in a firm manner [interchangeable here with: tortured], they have them rendered to…

Neruda

is my favourite poet, and this is my favourite of his poems. It was read to me when I was 22 and I was as moved to sadness then as…

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent"

Serving as a sort of balance – for lack of a better word – to the neoc*n article I posted a few hours ago, here is a Frontline interview with…

A warm hug in the middle of your week

If the consequence of such thinking weren’t so devastating, it would be comical. Fundamentalists ranging from the Fundamentalist Muslim, Fundamentalist Jew, Fundamentalist Christian, Fundamentalist Anti-Religionist, Fundamentalist Anti-Crayonist, and Fundamentalist Anti-Humorist…