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Category Archives: Politics + Human Rights

The Stand-Up Guy Part 2

For those who have lived here long enough, you remember him from the original post of 2008, because – oddly – I receive references about ‘the stand-up guy’ regularly from…

#BlackLivesMatter

For the past while, I have been fixated on the deaths of Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Every moment I have a second to think past work or…

Gaza

Many of you are asking how I am doing and how my family is doing in Gaza. I’ve not been able to discuss anything much but have only managed to…


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…

Hartman’s on Bank Street in Ottawa is an asshole

Update July 2013: Please note a few days back, I found the girl and I gave her some peaches. Recently, I noticed that there are now (lovely and kind) homeless…

Girls As Women

I am the little one, with head shaped like a potato. The beautiful woman is my patrilineal grandmum Standing by the Mediterranean’s wintered coastline at Gaza, in approximately 1980, my…

“An Encounter With Simone Weil”

“Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.” “A hurtful act is the transference to others of the…

In The Hands of God (by Mustafa Davis)

In The Hands of God from Mustafa Davis on Vimeo. At a time when y’all are preppin’ to throw down some cash in the name of Baby Jesus (♥ +…

Sargeant Shamar Thomas *shames* the NYPD (#OccupyWallStreet)

Wow. WOW. Iraq Vet, Sargeant Shamar Thomas, faces down Officers from the NYPD and tells them straight up: “There is no honour in hurting unarmed civilians.” I hope that he…

A Childhood Photograph

When my matrilineal grandmother – teeta – died, found in her night table drawer was the most important photograph she’d carried with her throughout her life. Teeta came from what…

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…

Dictatorship 101: What can we learn from the Ben Alis and the Gaddafis of the world?

Find out here at my latest contribution to rabble. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to…

Tweet twirp tweet tweet

What do you know? I’m twittering – and I have been meaning to avow the following, as a nod to the lovely Ms. Ginger Snaps: Twitter is a quick and…

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…

Dearest Egypt

Alf alf alf alf mabrook!! BRAVO!! You are beyond a shadow of any doubt: Amazing. Thank you for being so righteous and brave – refusing to bring violence, but only…

#Jan25

The essence of political rap, courtesy of Freeway and featuring Amir Sulaiman, Ayah, The Narcicyst, and Omar Offendum. This is as badass as it gets. Comments closed. Digg this post…

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…

The Fraudulent are Everywhere

.1. A well-known fact to the US Government: Omar Suleiman is not a man who will lead democracy. He is, however, pretty awesome at torture. Hurrah for America’s once again…

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…

(Today) Paradise is at the feet of (Egyptian) mothers

Update 1: Ahmed will not in fact be making it in; at the police and army checkpoints, they are requesting to see Egyptian National ID cards. No one who is…

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…

The Arab Dictator is here to stay

Please don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Notwithstanding the fact that this is a People’s revolution (rather than a military coup) in Tunisia, there is absolutely no strong indication…

2010, International Year of Biodiversity

Please take a moment to read, sign and then share this letter (to Prime Minister Stephen Harper) with every Canadian you know. Blog it. Tumbler it. Tweet it. Email it….

Well done, University of Michigan

A protest against the IDF soliders visiting the campus to share their fibbing. Dig it. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr…

Islam / America

Dear Keith Olbermann – Will you marry me? Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the…

My baba’s blog

Alcanaanite. Politics, humanity & religion. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this…

Elvis Costello is the biggest badass in the industry

In support of the Divestment campaign, Costello cancels his two scheduled concerts in Israel. Read his full statement here and share the information, as you see fit. If you support…

Beirut 2010

The last time I was in Beirut was in 2006 while helping with the evacuation of Canadian civilians. That experience was, to say the least, mind-blowing on too many levels….

“Terrorism = Haraam” (Ameen, brother!)

Love this. Love him. Thank him. Watch. Think. Learn. Share. Thank you. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about…

Belated Eid Mubarak (& a screw you, Muslims, Swiss style)

Welcome to Switzerland circa 1532, where racism and ignorance reign supreme. I am so happy that we have come so far in our understanding and intelligence. Degenerate fkn a**holes each…

Animated short from Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement

From the amazing activist and (anti-Zioniost Jewish) Yoni Goodman, please watch this 1 minute and 35 second animated short. Share if you think it is worthy of dissemination. Comments closer….

$15 Billion annually from US tax $$ to Israeli citizens (understanding the Zionist power lobby in the USA)

The video that was originally posted on YouTube has mysteriously disappeared. You can, instead, find it here. Watch & share. As Americans, you need to understand that while you are…

Glover, Klein, Walker & Fonda protesting TIFF 2010 program

Read and share, please. A core group of largely Toronto-based Jewish filmmakers is accusing the festival of playing into “the Israeli propaganda machine” with its inaugural “City to City” program,…

Ramadan Kareem

May this month bring you much peace into your hearts and much self reflection, and may all of your prayers be accepted. (And during this month of humility, please take…

Politics & home

Hello – I am home and looking forward to sharing both stories and pictures soon enough. First, please find my last article, published while I was away: Gender Violence is…

A Little Politix

Charles and I met while in Beirut, and have maintained contact since. For those of you in the know re Middle East correspondence, he is one of the heavy-weights. Urge…

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

If you never read another political book in your life, then please and for the love of all things righteous and humane, please please please read Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic…