Islam: one religion divided

Although ancient history, the rift between Sunni and Shiite Muslims continues to be a factor in modern-day conflict. In order to understand the conflict it is important to know the difference between these two divisions of Islam, a difference I did not know until recently. Difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims: Both Sunni and Shiite […]

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A Culture, not a Costume

Ohio University has a well-known reputation for having one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the United States, and yes, the pressure of a perfect costume is oh so real. Every year around this time, I scramble to come up with a costume that’s original and entertaining. As I browsed the web last week for […]

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Egypt Leaving a Mark

Egypt may be the unlikely winner of another round of conflict between Israel and Gaza that killed more than 100 people and caused major destruction. A speculative ceasefire was announced in Cairo where the Egyptian government played a major role. President Mohammad Mursi was a key player in brokering the ceasefire last week, even after […]

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Anti-Muslim Filmmaker arrested

The US man (Sam Bacile) behind an anti-Muslim film that led to mass protests in the Middle East has been sentenced to a year in jail for probation violations. Wednesday’s sentence stems from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. According to a BBC report back in 2010 Bacile, had served 21-months in jail for using more than […]

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

In late 2010 it was announced that the Muslim community in the small city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee was planning to build a mosque.  At that time, there were 104 churches and no mosques within the city.  CNN covered the unveiling of the plans and the fallout that ensued.  In a televised special on the topic, […]

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A Collective Society

On Tuesday, September 11, the ignorance of one man led to the deaths of innocent people. Coptic Christian Egyptian men in Los Angeles promoted a video created by man who calls himself “Sam Bacile” who is believed to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.  He pretended to be an Israeli-American and claimed that his film was fact […]

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Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country located between Israel and Syria; some see it as a ticking time bomb of terror while others find comfort and a sense of nationality and pride. As one of the most religiously diverse countries in the Middle East, Lebanon often deals with religious and political disputes, most often within […]

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