Dani al-Armani

This image really captures my identity. I do think it visually symbolizes who I am – half Armenian half Arab – Syrian. My heritage includes Palestinian, Italian too. Perhaps there is more European blood from my father’s side – but nonetheless, that side of my family is vehemently Armenian. About as homogeneously Armenian as theContinue reading “Dani al-Armani”

What Is Terrorism?

It has been difficult to form a concise definition of terrorism due to the emotions and political weight carried by the term. But since September 11th, 2001, the term has been used more frequently than before, both inside and outside political science, though sometimes perhaps incorrectly. Lumping tactics, attackers and fear together to define terrorismContinue reading “What Is Terrorism?”

Why Bernie Sanders hasn’t captured ALL of our hearts

The hypocrisy would be appalling were it not so functional: the biggest impediment to both the reform of Islam and peace in the Middle East that Americans have the ability to remove is our support for a militant Jewish ideology that few Arabs and Muslims have ever accepted. The 9/11 Commission concluded that US policyContinue reading “Why Bernie Sanders hasn’t captured ALL of our hearts”

The Deer Hunter Russian Roulette Scene

One of my favorite scenes from the movie. The Vietnam War, a contentious issue of debate, remains a stain on US history. Despite being portrayed as a containment of communism, the US invasion proved not only disastrous, but to carry its own agenda, the suppression of national sovereignty. This same phenomenon occurred in Afghanistan, whenContinue reading “The Deer Hunter Russian Roulette Scene”

Guess Who?

They rushed him. Threw a black bag over his head. His cigarette was left burning on the brick plaza floor. Hours later his eyes open. The abducted gentleman has regained consciousness. He can barely make out what he sees. It looks like three men, all dressed in black garb. One of them men was clearlyContinue reading “Guess Who?”

Secularizing the Conversation on the Occupation of Palestine

Secularizing the conversation on the Palestinian genocide, actually threatens the pro-Israeli argument. It has to. Israel, by nature, is a religious entity — despite efforts by any spokesperson to suggest otherwise. Secularizing the conversation on the conflict between Palestinian nationalism & international occupation, deems Israel a theocratic apartheid-state. Secularization, by nature, requires religious & cultural diversity, egalitarianism andContinue reading “Secularizing the Conversation on the Occupation of Palestine”

Republican Socialism: Organized Vanity

Republicans are the biggest socialists. They claim to be self-reliant but in fact, it seems to me that if you are a republican you get a lot of social perks. During my tenure at the office of Senator Marco Rubio, I got 25 calls a day from conservative constituents complaining about Obama’s socialism while simultaneouslyContinue reading “Republican Socialism: Organized Vanity”

The Problem of Collectivism

If there is one thing I have come to learn to really appreciate it is my individual freedom. It is becoming extremely taboo to tout your individualism. It is often viewed as a sense of paranoia. I have learned to face a fact: most people prefer to rely on others – instead of themselves – for financial/political gain.Continue reading “The Problem of Collectivism”

Liberal Zionism: A Contradiction?

You cannot be a liberal Zionist. Why? 1. Liberalism entails a separation of church and state. 2. In order for Israel’s democracy to be established, it required the theft of land based on religious grounds (that might or might not have historical basis), which is a violation of human rights laws as well as the aforementionedContinue reading “Liberal Zionism: A Contradiction?”

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