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Egypt, Tunisia and the Iranian Opposition

Like so many across and from the Middle East, I’ve followed recent events in Tunisia and Egypt with intense interest. 

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This article was crossposted at Botswana Guardian, The Guatemala Times, The Huffington Post, The Jakarta Post and New Europe

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Egypt, Tunisia and the Iranian Opposition

Like so many from the Middle East, I've followed recent events in Tunisia and Egypt with intense interest. Witnessing the Tunisian and Egyptian people topple long-standing, brutal dictators within weeks has filled me with joy and awe. But it has also filled me with another, less tender emotion: envy.

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Why the Real Threat Is Islamophobia, Not Islam

When you hear the word "terrorist," who comes to mind? Basque separatists in white hoods? Anarchists wearing bandanas with five-pointed stars? Or perhaps some right- or left-wing pariah building bombs in basements?

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What’s More Dangerous: Muslims or Islamophobia?

When you hear the word “terrorist,” who comes to mind? Basque separatists in white hoods? Anarchists wearing bandanas with five-pointed stars? Or perhaps some right- or left-wing outcasts building bombs in basements? 

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This article was crossposted at The Brunei Times and the Gulf Times.

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Enough With Insane Mental Health Cuts

At 14, I joined my high school speech and debate team. Ever since, I've been hooked on public speaking. Put me in front of a bunch of strangers, the more the better, and I thrive. I don't need to imagine people in their underwear. All I need is my voice and occasionally, a microphone.

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Muslim Dating Ads: What’s With the Racism?

Among other content, Islamic Horizons, the bi-monthly publication of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), runs personal ads. There are two sections: “Seeking Husband” and “Seeking Wife.” The personal ad below appears in the latest edition under “Seeking Husband,” and it is one of only two ads (among ten) in which a woman is seeking correspondence for herself. (The others are written by parents and a lone uncle.)

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Childless by CHOICE, Get It?

I don’t want kids. Never have. I consider birth control the greatest invention of the 20th century and I’ve been taking it religiously for nearly a decade. No pregnancies to date, and in the rare event of one I’d be first in line at my local abortion clinic before that zygote even mildly resembled a human. I’ve given a great deal of thought to parenthood—arguably more than many who ultimately pursue it. And recognizing the enormous responsibility, commitment and sacrifice involved, I respectfully refuse to reproduce.

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For Iranian-American Author, Making Sense of a Bipolar Life (profile by Jeff Baron)

Melody Moezzi’s first book was an effort to introduce Americans to folks who, like her, are Muslim. Now she’s working on her second book, introducing Americans to folks who, like her, happen to be bipolar. (Click to continue.)

Melody Moezzi: In a Rush to Do Some Good (profile by Jeff Baron)

Melody Moezzi is an activist in every sense of the word: She embraces causes, and she does something about them.

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Obama Is Hitting a Sophomore Slump in the Muslim World

Nothing sets a rock star up for failure quite like a killer debut album. And President Obama's debut in the Muslim world seventeen months ago set the bar sky-high. In Cairo, where he gave his first speech aimed at reaching out to Muslims around the world, he came off as an undeniable rock star. So much of the global Muslim community was hypnotized by his rhythm, charisma and harmony.

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A Muslim's Defense of Geert Wilders

As an independent Muslim woman who doesn't appreciate being told what to do, say, wear, read or write, I have a special place in my heart filled with disgust for those who embrace the bigoted ideologies of Islamophobes like Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders. But as an outspoken writer and attorney, I also have a special -- and much larger -- place in my heart filled with respect and adoration for human liberty.

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A Muslim’s Plea for Gay Rights

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about how much my people are under attack in America today. The thing is, though, as an American Muslim, I don’t really feel under attack. Annoyed? Sure. But attacked? No.

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Better Muslim Than Gay

Lately I've been hearing a lot about how much my people are under attack in America today. The thing is, though, as an American Muslim, I don't really feel under attack. Annoyed? Sure. But attacked? No.

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Embracing life after suicide attempt

From the moment I was admitted to my first psychiatric ward, I was desperate to get out. I hated the smell, the food, most of the staff, the routines, the magazines. I hated the sagging mattresses, the glassless funhouse mirrors, the furniture, the isolation rooms. But as much as I despised the place, there was one saving grace for me there: the other patients.

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Debate Over Proposed Islamic Center Near Ground Zero Continues

I think what really is at issue is a constitutional issue. This is a First Amendment issue.

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