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  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticlePolicy, Empathy and the Global Refugee Crisis

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2010, no one would imagine the extent of the profound impact that this revolutionary wave of immigration would have. Individuals who had hoped for democracy and freedom were forced to leave behind their families and try to survive in strange lands with hostile inhabitants. As international... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    ArticleFighting Female Genital Mutilation

    In 2012, the United Nations (UN) designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is observed to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete action against the practice. For readers who’ve never heard of this inhumane and harmful practice—FGM involves... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 22 Feb 2017
    ArticleThree Days in Damascus

    Sometimes you have an experience that changes your life. You don’t expect it. You don’t ask for and you certainly don’t plan for it, but it happens. And that is exactly what happened to me in 2009. As part of their Iraqi Voices Amplification Project, Intersections International invited me to join seven other artists as... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleIslamophobia: An Attack on American Democracy

    In the wake of President Trump's executive order banning the entry of Muslims from seven different Muslim majority countries, the country has witnessed some of its largest protests in recent history. There have been incredible displays of support for individuals and families affected by this hastily implemented policy. The scenes of... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017
    Article1000 Days and Still Missing: When Will our...

    January 8th, 2017 marked 1,000 days since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from school by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape—but 195 girls still remain in captivity. The ill-fate of the Chibok schoolgirls has come to symbolize the horror of Boko Haram’s rise and bloody... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    ArticleStateless Rohingya: The Power to Protect or Deny...

    What sets us humans apart from other living organisms is humanity, compassion and intelligence. Although one look at the news and we realize the world we live in today seems to lack the very aspects that make us unique. Earlier this week, I came across a video showing Burmese police officers lining up villagers in rows, beating and... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Rise of Populism and a Platform of...

    Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election sent a shockwave that was felt throughout the world. The result divided the American people: many saw Trump’s victory as hope for economic opportunity, a promise to strengthen national security, and a blow to the political elite who thrived in an establishment that... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    ArticleA Refugee with a Dream for his People

    On a serene night, my family embarked on a long and treacherous journey over the Himalayas. With bruises, frostbite, and hunger, they managed to survive the journey. After weeks of walks along the snowcapped mountains, they were finally able to flee the genocide in Tibet. I was born without knowing exactly where I belonged, why I was in... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleTen Similarities Between the Jewish and Islamic...

    When I left on Intersections’ US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) trip, I did not expect to feel related to those whom I was to meet in Islamabad and Lahore. I assumed that their political reality, their cultural life, even their climate would yield a country very foreign, if not alien, to my own... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 15 Aug 2016
    ArticleAn Incident in New York With Global Implications

    On Saturday afternoon, Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin were walking home from prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid when they were gunned down execution style. This tragic, senseless act cannot go unaddressed by those who care about the fabric of our city. Indeed, the interfaith community in New York City has responded... more...

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