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Dear President Erdogan: You’re the One Who Doesn’t Get It

Dear President Erdogan, Have you ever heard the story of Shajar al-Durr? The “gentle lady” widow declared Sultana of Egypt in the 13th century. The “fragile” woman who, almost single-handedly, terminated the Seventh Crusade. The “dainty” leader who orchestrated the capture of King Louis IX of France. The “delicate” politician who fiercely negotiated with the French, regained…

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The Indictment of My American Pride

The night of Darren Wilson’s non-indictment, amidst all the circulation about white privilege and injustice in the land of red, white and blue, one particular statement stood out. I was scrolling through Tumblr, my frustration with the American justice system beyond the usual, when I saw a post by @mercedesbenzodiazepine: “Just wondering…. Who’s still proud…

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A WISE Woman’s Quest to Change Afghan Women’s Lives

Three months ago, Fouzia travelled seven hours from Girdi Jungal, Pakistan to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, running away from her abusive husband and his two murderous wives to live with her mother. Under the guise of worry for her son’s mental and physical health, she told her husband that her mother had connections to…

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Canadians’ Gesture to Muslims Made Our Jaws Drop

I don’t know about you, but being someone who’s in a constant state of anger against injustices around the world, I could use a little heart-warming sometimes. Oftentimes when I scroll down my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds, all I see are stories of horrors around the world. “Black teenager shot dead.” “Death toll in…

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The Worst Possible Way to Talk About Racial Profiling

You’ve probably seen this little video by TrueStoryASA, which appears to depict vloggers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar, being stopped and frisked by an NYPD officer who appears to be racially profiling them. The vloggers “prove” that the cop is profiling them by conducting a little experiment: they pass him twice, arguing both times. The…

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The Video That Made Time Stop for Arabs Everywhere

Two beautiful sisters wrote a letter to the Arab world. In it, they captured the essence of the region today and the trembling thoughts of Arabs across the world. Rihan Younan is a poet. With her power of poeticism, she wrote earth-shattering prose about the current state of the Middle East, touching upon Syria, Iraq,…

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This Guy Made a Muslim Remix to Bobby Shmurda

Hip-hop has its roots planted in social conscientiousness, and we’re all about that life. Unfortunately, today’s music is made solely for consumption, and a lot of the catchy but not-so-interesting songs making the rounds on the radio are a product of that condition. Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” became an instant phenomenon, with countless remixes of…

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Body Politics and Israel’s Collectivist Mentality

Ever since three Israeli teens went missing, in early June, Israeli forces have launched an offensive, collective punishment campaign. They have killed, injured and arrested hundreds of Palestinians. One particular occurrence has garnered mass media attention this past week: the death of Palestinian teenager, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and the beating of his cousin, Tariq Abu…