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Making History Out of Footnotes

Making History Out of Footnotes

Best of In The Fray 2010. A look at one man’s take on the reality of Gaza through his unique brand of comic art.

Leaving Meknes

Leaving Meknes

Memories of a favorite Moroccan city.

UN Peacekeeping — more harm than good?

As yet another scandal arises from the UN Peacekeeping Program, I ask  are they doing more harm than good?

The Global Peace Index

Vision of Humanity releases the 2007 Global Peace Index, which ranks countries in terms of their peacefulness. Unsurprisingly, most MENA countries didn't fare well.

No free Internet here

With bloggers being jailed and sites being blocked around the world, it's time we took a stand against Internet censorship.

The case of Abdel-Monem Mahmoud

Abdel-Monem Mahmoud, an Egyptian blogger and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested on April 15, 2007 and charged with, among other offenses, “creating and possessing images destructive to public order” and “organizing secret meetings with the aim of disturbing public order.”


The plight of Sri Lankans in the UAE

Watching Al Jazeera International, that lovely channel which U.S. companies for some reason refuse to pick up and which I will miss very much next time I'm there, I caught a short program on the abuse of Sri Lankan maids in Dubai. Obscure, it seemed.

Day out with the cat

Nothing looks stranger to Moroccans than a man wandering around the city with a cat.

Feeling safe

How difficult is it to feel safe when fundamentalism is on the rise so close to home?

Marketing Morocco

Ordinary Moroccans are being pushed out of their communities to make room for the European invasion.

Suicide bomber in Morocco kills one — himself

A suicide bomber hailing from Casablanca's impoverished suburb of Sidi Moumen killed only himself in what appears to be a revenge attack against a cyber café owner who wouldn't let him read "jihadist" websites.

Babel babble

"Babel" comes from the Hebrew verb "balal," meaning "to confuse, confound." Not surprising, given that's what the film did to me confuse.