We Are Family!

This past week, I was graced with the presence of an Omani student here at Ohio University. With this experience I learned that his family consisted of TEN children, 5 male and 5 female with ages ranging from 7 to 24 years old. I also learned that most of his siblings lived at home, even […]

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A Magic Carpet Ride

We’ve all watched the famous Disney film where Aladdin steals Jasmine’s heart as he “shows her the world” on his magic carpet ride. Although there is no such thing as a flying magic carpet to sweep a special someone off their feet, the value and tradition of Persian carpet making can be dated back to […]

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The Greater of Two Evils

For the last several months the media has been dominated by news of the progression of ISIS and the outbreak of Ebola. These two, separate issues evoke an immense fear on their own- imagine them combined. Just last month, a Tunisian ISIS terrorist was discovered researching bio-warfare. Although the intention of his research was focused […]

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Where is the US?

The United States absence at Sir Bani Yas Forum, did not go unnoticed. During the two-and-a-half day interactive discussion, participants debated the changing strategic landscape in the Middle East, the ongoing repercussions from the Arab Spring, prospects for the Middle East Peace Process, and other current issues. Participants suspected that the US was AWOL (absence […]

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Marriage

The face of marriage is changing all over the world. In the United States, marriage is becoming less common with domestic partnerships and divorce on  the rise.  In the Middle East marriages are occurring later in life due to economic trouble and the protection of women’s rights. In the United States, the average man is 29 years old when they first […]

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