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A Message from Your Muslim Neighbors

As someone who writes about the news, I can't exactly ignore it. Still, lately, I have been tempted.....This week, overwhelmed by the national news, I sent out the following message on my neighborhood chat under the subject "From Your Muslim Neighbors"... READ MORE


Bad Muslim?

I don't speak Arabic. I rarely pray more than once a day. I don't cover my hair. I curse. I sing. I dance. I paint my nails. I sport spaghetti straps. I love dogs. And if pork and alcohol didn't smell so nasty to me, I'd have no trouble consuming either. I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today... READ MORE

Listening to Domestic Violence Through a Wall

“Bitch, I’m gonna kill you!” he yelled, so loudly that it woke us up in the apartment next door. There were no more words after that. The bangs and crashes spoke for themselves. (Read more)

Why Ben Carson Cannot Be President

... I have no doubt that Dr. Carson is a fantastic surgeon, and I highly encourage him to keep doing what he's good at, what made him famous, what made him loved and what kept him far too busy--presumably and understandably--to read the United States Constitution. (Read more)

A Persian in Therapy

My people don’t do psychotherapy. We have friends. We have families. We have pharmacies. Paying strangers to listen to our problems isn’t our style. (Read More)

H&M: Where Pseudo-Sustainability Meets Diversity Porn

...I highly doubt H&M has any interest in true diversity or feminist liberation. H&M is a multinational company, and its interest is in maximizing profits. If you don’t believe me, just ask Human Rights Watch or any of the Cambodian women or children H&M has employed for next to nothing. (Read more)

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in April

Chris Arnone: "Melody Moezzi is an amazing writer, sharp and witty and very funny, describing life as a young Iranian woman raised by her family in the American midwest, balancing those two sides of her world and cultures in a pre- and post-9/11 world." (Click to continue.)

Also check out Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading.