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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

A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on Sept. 2 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. (AFP/Getty Images)
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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Middle East

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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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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Middle East

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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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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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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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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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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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

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International

Ferguson Has Everything to Do With Gaza

By On August 20, 2014

“This has everything to do with it,” a Muslim protestor in Ferguson answered when we asked him about the protest’s connection to Gaza. The night before, we witnessed Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere, alongside… Read More

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We Are Nun

By On August 13, 2014

This is the letter “nūn,” (pronounced “noon”) it is the Arabic letter for the sound “n.” It is one of the simpler, yet elegant letters of Arabic calligraphy – just a sweeping… Read More

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International

The Argument For Peace in Gaza and Against Drug Legalization

By On August 11, 2014

It seems almost blasphemous now to suggest that there was a solution to the Gaza conflict and that these 1900 deaths were somehow preventable, and worse, in vain. Despite the egregious faults… Read More

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Responsibilities and Capabilities

By On July 22, 2014

On Friday, the Israeli government started their controversial ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Citing self-defense as the main motivator for the invasion, Prime Minister Netanyahu had this to say: We chose… Read More

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Kurdistan Rising

By On July 8, 2014

Let’s have a little quiz on geopolitics. Question one: What is the world’s third largest nationless population?  Is it the Tamils? Nope. The Palestinians? Close, but no. Numbering at over 35 million,… Read More

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International

Evil Begets Evil

By On July 3, 2014

His name was Mohammad Abu Khedair. He was seventeen years old.   They were named Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar. They were on their ways home from school.   It… Read More

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It Only Gets Worse: Syrian Opposition Groups Recruiting Children

By On June 25, 2014

The Syrian crisis only continues to get worse. On Monday, Human Rights Watch released a comprehensive report detailing the use of children in active and support roles in opposition forces in Syria.… Read More

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Reception Crashers: Geneva and Jordan Pt. 4

By On June 5, 2014

Every spring, the pollen bloom reduces me to a coughing, sneezing, eye watering invalid, and every spring I fail to find an allergy medication that works. It just so happens that the pollen… Read More