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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

Middle East

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

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

Middle East

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

International

The Nitrogen Footprint: Explained

By On May 25, 2015

Pamplona-One chemical process has made a world of 7 billion people possible. Nitrogen fixation provides a staggeringly efficient way to create fertilizers with nitrogen in the air. In this process, nitrogen is… Read More

Africa

Getting in Touch: Mr. Spectator in Africa

By On May 18, 2015

This is the third article in a series by Matthew Toyama, a law student at Santa Clara University who is currently conducting research on Siad Barre’s war crimes in northern Somalia.  The… Read More

Africa

Colonial Imprisonment and the ICC

By On May 15, 2015

Though Cecil Rhodes’s dream of uniting the north and south of Africa by rail continue to go unfulfilled, the buildings of French administration in the Congo are crumbling, and no European flags… Read More

Middle East

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

Africa

The Crimes and Horrors of Siad Barre’s Somalia

By On April 24, 2015

This is the second in a series by Matthew Toyama, a law student at Santa Clara University, who is conducting research in the autonomous state of Somaliland in northern Somalia on war crimes… Read More

Africa

Into the Horn of Africa

By On April 22, 2015

This is the first in a series by Matthew Toyama, a law student at Santa Clara University, who is conducting research in the autonomous state of Somaliland in northern Somalia on war… Read More

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

International

Just In Case You Didn’t Already Know, Capitalism Isn’t A Secret

By On April 10, 2015

El Porvenir is a rural, 30-family community nestled in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  A few months ago, I was dropped off in El Porvenir for a week to learn as much… Read More

International

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

International

Venezuela: Hanging in the Balance

By On February 12, 2015

While gas prices throughout the United States have caused college students to unanimously rejoice that, “My GPA is finally higher than the price of gas!” the people and economy of Venezuela don’t… Read More

International

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

Asia

The Façade of Freedom of Speech

By On February 6, 2015

Hundreds of leaders from across the globe converged on the streets of Paris on January 11 for a so-called “Unity March” to show support for the victims and general journalistic freedoms alike… Read More

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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Rasmea Odeh

By On November 18, 2014

It’s a well-known fact that if not completely broken, the American justice system at the very least has some gaping holes. Last Monday’s verdict in the case of 67-year-old Palestinian and community… Read More

International

Disappeared Narratives

By On November 13, 2014

On November 7, authorities declared the 43 missing students of Guerrero, Mexico dead. While Mexican politicians and media have overwhelmingly reported that the students were cremated and the remains were disposed of… Read More

International

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