Flirting with Fascism

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that white nationalism has triumphed in America. Brexit, the decision for England to leave the UK, laid the trajectory of the Western world earlier this year. The world is undergoing vast changes in response to economic decline and a rise in global terrorism, particularly from the Middle East. It has beenContinue reading “Flirting with Fascism”

Soul Jazz & the Eastern Son

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Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice

To determine Hezbollah’s overall success, the rather limited literature on the subject focuses on the organizations political achievements as well as their military achievements in the region (Norton 2007). This is primarily because Hezbollah functions both as a political party in the Lebanese government, as well as an armed militia, a status that has notContinue reading “Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice”

Is Saudi Arabia Next?

The Gulf countries, to some extent, initiated quick reforms to avoid the domino effect of the Arab Spring. Reminiscent of the Age of Metternich in Europe, when serious efforts to revolutionize the continent were being suppressed. Revolution often has little idea of the future, but this weakness is exploited by existing orders to maintain the “statusContinue reading “Is Saudi Arabia Next?”

The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach

If we are to analyze properly regions of the world which are historically religious anomalies, it would seem precarious to apply normative principles across various societies. The Middle East possesses a unique characteristic which makes it vulnerable to instability. That is the underlying logic of this research article. The common trend of analyzing the MiddleContinue reading “The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach”

World Peace & American Hegemony in the 21st Century: Is This the End of Democracy?

We have reached a point in Western culture in which the concept of “democracy” is hailed as the best form of government. The irony is that the bedrock of western philosophy, Plato, rejected democracy on the basis that politicians represent the animalistic impulses and petty passions of the people, not the best interest of the whole.Continue reading “World Peace & American Hegemony in the 21st Century: Is This the End of Democracy?”

Album Profile: A socio-economic amalgam of absurd proportions.

Album: Rise of the Eastern Son Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap & Pop Artist: KRIKOS Producer: KRIKOS Recorded at Real Feel Recording. Engineered by KRIKOS, Palmyra & Chinese Delegation by Thanks Joey. Themes: Politics, Religion, Culture. STREAM via Spotify: Spotify – Rise of the Eastern Son Purchase via iTunes: iTunes – Rise of the Eastern Son Stream KRIKOS’ latest releases via SoundCloud:Continue reading “Album Profile: A socio-economic amalgam of absurd proportions.”

Sufi in America

While I stand with solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, I must make the statement that not all Muslims have long beards, wear hijabs or are super religious. In fact, my interpretation of Islam would likely be deemed too liberal for the hardline orthodoxy. But that’s when things get political. Just keep in mind, thereContinue reading “Sufi in America”

Thoughts from a Syrian-American on the refugee crisis, Palestine & US foreign policy

I am a proud Syrian American who has lived here since 1996. Despite my struggles with immigration, and the reluctance of the US to recognize me as American as any other, I still do love this country. I love it and its imperfections. I know, deep down, the heart of America is pure. It hasContinue reading “Thoughts from a Syrian-American on the refugee crisis, Palestine & US foreign policy”

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