There are few causes in Lebanon that care for the environment, only a handful. Not only is this wrong, but it is detrimental to our way of living. Why is it so important? Our environment is in basic terms Earth. It’s not like we have other planets to live on, so why not care for […]Read more "Environmental Issues in Lebanon"
The Islamic meaning of the word hijāb actually means “modesty.” Though only women wear the Hijabs, modesty is not a gendered concept. Both men and women have the responsibility to retain their modesty by preventing physical attraction from the opposite sex. Since men and women have different physical attributes that attract the opposite sex, there […]Read more "Basic Religiouswear for the Male Muslim"
Who is Lebanon? You might have heard about Lebanon from the Media but you really need to question your knowledge about him. Lebanon is a survivor; he is a strong, smart, educated, cultivated, talented, ambitious and optimistic person. He is very peaceful; he loves everyone, all his fellow humans regardless to their gender, race or […]Read more "If Lebanon Was A Person"
A carnival celebrating peace has emerged in the city of Baghdad. This carnival is a new development, which began in 2011 with the help of volunteers and organizers. Noof Assi said, “after searching the words, Iraqi Laughing, and the search engine coming back with zero results she knew the city once known as “the city […]Read more "Once Know As the “City of Peace” Now Strives for Peace! A Carnival in Baghdad!"
Almost 70% of Americans own a smartphone nowadays, with the numbers constantly going up due to their “necessity” and even their affordability. A lot of people might think that North America is one of the highest populations to use a smartphone. Nope, the Asia-Pacific region contains almost a billion people using smartphones, while just over 500 […]Read more "Smartphone usage in the middle east"
Most people do not realize that Islam is a rather diverse religion. Like Christianity, there are different sects of Islam. The two largest sects and most cited by American media, are Sunni and Shia. Although the two sects share similarities, they also have profound differences. The one difference I want to focus on is the […]Read more "Hussein: A Shia Legacy"
As many college-aged Americans do, I spend a lot of my free time watching Netflix. I was never really a binge-watcher, though, until I stumbled upon a little well-known television series called Breaking Bad. For my foreign counterparts, in case you don’t have the slightest clue as to the glorious show I am referring to, […]Read more "The Walter White of Lebanon"
In the United States, many children start to play sports at a very young age. As early as 5 or 6, American children are thrust into sports like soccer, football, tennis, basketball, softball, baseball, and more. Team sports are especially emphasized for young people, because they teach you important skills and valuable lessons about the […]Read more "Peace through Play"
In the Middle East it can be a challenge to find typical alcohol we see in our grocery stores, pharmacies, or gas stations here in the U.S. In Islamic nations such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Kuwait are places where alcohol is prohibited entirely to Muslims, and that’s because alcohol is consider […]Read more "What’s Brewing in the Middle East?"
Have you ever gotten a henna tattoo while on vacation or at a festival? Or have you ever consider what henna signifies in other cultures? From an American standpoint, I have always viewed hennas as an opportunity to get a “temporary tattoo” that last a few weeks. However, in the Middle East, henna signifies so […]Read more "The Wonderful Art of HENNA!"
Believe it or not, but the Middle East was once the leading supplier of a resource that helped fuel today’s modern world. These items led the trade market years ago and were guarded by only the wealthiest of suppliers. I’m not referring to silver or gold. If fact, these items were so treasured, that their […]Read more "Historical Treasure"
When I was a young kid I never saw Egypt as part of the Middle East. It was a country in Africa so why would it be mixed in with the Middle East? As I thought back about some of the misconceptions I had about the Middle East and Egypt one major thing stood out […]Read more "Egypt; A Middle Eastern Country?"
Who doesn’t love country music? Well there’s actually a good number of people that don’t but there are also a lot of people that do, and I’m one of them. Country music is definitely unique to the United States in that it doesn’t resemble any other form of music and its lyrics usually pertain to […]Read more "Country Music in the Middle East?"
As a result of last week’s blog post, I received a comment that only motivated me to continue my focus on Islam and some of the common generalizations made. When listening to people speak about Islam and Muslims, I have been able to pin-point many misconceptions and a lot of them have been directed to […]Read more "Is there an end to oppression?"
Approximately 40 Ohio University students have been displaced after a multiple structure fire occurred early Sunday morning along Union Street in uptown Athens. The fire began around 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, November 16 and was not entirely extinguished until 3:00 p.m. During this time, the flames spread to a total of five businesses, three of […]Read more "Harsh Winter, Harsh Reality"
Based upon a suggestion from a fellow blogger, I recently watched the Canadian film Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve. The feature follows a pair of fictional twins, Jeanne and Simon, on their journey to discovering their deceased mothers mysterious past. Throughout the film are flashbacks of the mother life as an Arab Christian in the […]Read more "Incendies Review"
In light of the recent accomplishments by the European Space Agency to land a probe on a comet for the first time today, I thought it would be interesting to explore the activities of space programs in the Middle East. It turns out that the only country making any serious moves to join space expeditions […]Read more "The UAE… in Space"
There’s been news about ISIS being crippled after a successful airstrike by the United States against a compound apparently containing one of it’s main leaders, but there are other ways now that the people in the Middle East are battling the terror. A show called Dawlat al-Khurafa is becoming a popular TV hit in Iraq, […]Read more "Dawlat al-Khurafa- The Middle East’s “South Park”"
There is a huge underground culture forming amongst gay men in Saudi Arabia even though by law the act of homosexuality can be punishable by death. The strict division between genders, which is enforced by the Mutawwa’in, defiantly provokes these acts of homosexuality amongst Saudi men. The Mutawwa’in is the religious authority that is active […]Read more "Saudi Arabia’s Secretive Society – Acts of Homosexuality Amongst Saudi Men"
The word “Nakba” translates in Arabic to disaster or catastrophe in the informal and in a formal political setting gives the name of the event of the 1948 diaspora of Palestinian people from their homeland. Israeli’s call this the War of Independence and Palestinians and most Arab countries deem it the “Nakba”. Palestinian Authority defines […]Read more "“Nakba”: Disaster, Diaspora, and Disappearance"