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Voices of Zaatari

By On November 16, 2015

Listening to Syrians during a Visit to Jordan’s Largest Refugee Camp In northern Jordan, nearly 5,000 kilometers from Paris, lies a second Champs-Elsyée. It is the commercial hub of Zaatari, a “home”… Read More

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Middle East

Your Selfish Humanitarianism is Killing Syria

By On September 15, 2015

By now you will have seen the image circling the internet of Aylan Al-Kurdi. The Syrian Kurdish migrant child was found dead on the shores of Budrum, Turkey two weeks ago after… Read More

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The End of Boogeyman: The Iran Deal Explained

By On August 10, 2015

Much has been made about the American-Iranian nuclear deal negotiated in large part by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Javid Zarif. From pundits to the public, suddenly every… Read More

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Protest Privilege

By On July 1, 2015

ReadCONTRA’s Sarah Hakani is currently based out of Amman while she works for the Jordan River Foundation, an organization that works with children who have been victims of abuse, refugee issues, women’s… Read More

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The United Nations’ Gaza Report

By On June 22, 2015

The UN released its official report on last summer’s siege of Gaza Sunday. The report brought to light damning evidence of Israel’s use of human shields, relative disregard for civilian populations in… Read More

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Reconciling Islam In A Muslim Country

By On June 17, 2015

ReadCONTRA’s Sarah Hakani is currently based out of Amman while she works for the Jordan River Foundation, an organization that works with children who have been victims of abuse, refugee issues, women’s… Read More

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When Syrians Live In Jordan

By On June 9, 2015

“Just don’t say you’re a Syrian. Whatever you do, don’t say that.” My cashier assumed I wasn’t a Jordanian when I walked into a small grocery store in Abdali, Amman. He greeted… Read More

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Role Reversal: Already Learning From the Middle East

By On June 3, 2015

ReadCONTRA’s Sarah Hakani is currently based out of Amman while she works for the Jordan River Foundation, an organization that works with children who have been victims of abuse, refugee issues, women’s… Read More

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A Cab Ride to Ramallah

By On June 2, 2015

To get from Tel Aviv to Ramallah, it’s necessary to get a cab driver who is a Palestinian with a Jerusalem ID, which enables him to go into Israel despite being a… Read More

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Israel’s Dark Future

By On May 8, 2015

There may have been a few optimists who imagined that the emerging Israeli parliamentary government would shirk the anti-Palestinian racism that plagued the election campaigns, chalking remarks like Netanyahu’s “Arabs in droves”… Read More

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Middle East

When A Faulty System Lends A Hand

By On April 15, 2015

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.” –President Jimmy Carter Without a clinical, dictionary definition, human rights are a set of moral principles intended… Read More

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Benjamin Netanyahu and the Haaretz Illusion

By On March 23, 2015

Ha’aretz, an Israeli news outlet known for its “liberal” disposition (read by about 7% of Israelis according to Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber), has long presented an image of Israel as a mostly secular, mostly… Read More

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When War Abroad Becomes War at Home

By On February 11, 2015

No country has ever detached its collective consciousness from the violence it purports abroad. Those communities that are sought after by American arms or American boots on foreign soil will surely become… Read More

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International

Free Speech and the Marginalized

By On February 5, 2015

In the first two days after the heinous shooting of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris and the additional chain of terrorist attacks that followed, 15 places of Muslim worship were firebombed,… Read More

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Tweeting Under Occupation: @iFalasteen strikes up using social media

By On November 11, 2014

Recent history shows that social media can play a powerful role in social movement; Iran in 2009, Egypt in 2013, and, most recently, incidents in Hong Kong all galvanized and solidified this… Read More

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The UK Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

By On October 20, 2014

Western governments are scurrying to find ways to distance themselves from Israel’s slaughterhouse military tactics enacted in Gaza this summer. Assumably, this has nothing (or at least very little) to do with… Read More

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International

Why Kobane Matters

By On October 12, 2014

The Islamic State’s advance in to Kobane has sparked massive protests throughout Turkey and the world. Protestors are asking the Turkish government to do more to save the Syrian Kurdish city and… Read More

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Rouhani’s Forgetful Foreign Critics

By On October 8, 2014

Hassan Rouhani has been the president of Iran for less than two years now, and somehow it’s surprising everyone, from Jewish news outlets to American liberals, that he hasn’t completely transformed Iran… Read More

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ISIL the Terrible

By On October 2, 2014

President Obama recently admitted in an interview with 60 Minutes that, “the intelligence community acknowledges that they may have originally underestimated what was happening in Syria [with] ISIL,” giving ISIL, the Islamic… Read More

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International

Transcending Borders

By On September 26, 2014

All’s quiet on the Middle Eastern front. It’s been a while since Israel or Palestine has headlined in the news, and that’s a good thing. The Egypt-sponsored, open-ended ceasefire between the two… Read More