This Glass Design

Poetry is dead in a world with no head, A world with one body that plucks at its bread, A hunger or thirst, no intellect to quench, Terrorizing the world while we sit from the bench, Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, Or are we foolishly tracing the fence, All along aContinue reading “This Glass Design”

A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident

Islamic liberalism is not a myth, but to assume that it seeks to mimic the West, ignores that the West itself has shortcomings in the realm of authentic liberalism. It becomes difficult to gauge really what is the so-called problem ailing the Middle East, when one does so from a perspective shaped by Occidentalism –Continue reading “A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident”

Pay You Back [Artwork]

Art by Nermine Hammam Executive Produced by KRIKOS Presented by Colours of the Culture

For Whom The Bell Tolls

What dawns on us but truth, If not to convince the youth, Like water from a fountain, Whatever happens no excuse, This is conversations with glory, Face to face with time, They hold banners of revolution If the clock ticks past nine, But after twelve its all hell, though walls still stand like eyes throughContinue reading “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?

There is a disconnect between national policy and international relations. The decision to leave the EU by the UK, or “Brexit”, is a symbol of that disconnect. But in order to understand the origins of this decision, it is important to highlight the UK’s tradition of reluctance and hesitation towards the EU since its inception.Continue reading “The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?”

Still Under Occupation: The Middle East & the Struggle for Dignity

Time and time again, we hear about the causes of injustice and instability in the Middle East. There are about four main causes offered from analyses on this region. Each of them point to internal factors, though somehow quite different from one another. But none of them recognize the possibility that instability is not aContinue reading “Still Under Occupation: The Middle East & the Struggle for Dignity”

Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis

The assumption towards the Middle East, and many parts of the world outside Western civilization, such as Latin America and Central Asia, is that there is an even dichotomy between citizens supporting or opposing authoritarian regimes. But the reality is less simple. Arab citizens understand that, democracy can only unfold when two crucial changes take place, which cannotContinue reading “Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis”

Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia

My experiences with American academia have coalesced into quite a journey, full of both order & tumult. But the point of me writing this entry is to focus on what I have come to discover as an unrelenting, institutionalized dogma which pervades the American academic culture, and discourages intellectualism, non-conformity and originality. This is because academics seem toContinue reading “Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia”

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?”

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”

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