Entries by Atiya

Understanding the Angst of America’s White Working Class

by Saeed Khan During the 2016 election campaign, Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton remarked that half of Donald Trump’s supporters could best be described as a “basket of deplorables” because of their bigotry, prejudice and “contempt for everyday Americans,” an accurate caricature of the plethora of racists and alt-right zealots who venerate Trump. Many analysts contend that this statement lost […]

The 2017 French Elections are a Beacon of Hope to Progressives Everywhere

by Saeed Khan The highly anticipated French elections are over and for many, the right person won. Relative political newcomer, former investment banker and Economy Minister Emmanuel Marcon soundly defeated right-wing candidate Marine LePen to become France’s newest president. Despite his professional credentials, Emmanuel Macron was a bit of an unknown commodity in French political […]

Mark Zuckerberg Gets to Know American Muslims at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

by Syeda Arbab & Yousuf Ali Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg visited Muslim students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 12, 2017, and exemplified the mantra ‘listening comes before leading.’ As a part of an annual personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of his work at Facebook, Zuckerberg aims to visit every state […]

Queens Assemblyman Reintroduces Taxi Driver Protection Act

by Aysha Qamar “He asked me, ‘Where you from?’ So I told him, ‘I’m from Pakistan.’ And then he asked me, ‘What is your religion?’ So I told him, ‘I’m Muslim,’ because I am Muslim,” Anwar Syed, the victim, told reporters. What started off as any ordinary ride, turned into a vicious beating of an […]

Hamtramck Public Pool Art Space Collecting Jars for Exhibition on American Muslim Youth

by Nargis Rahman American Muslim youth in Michigan are encouraged to submit a mason jar filled with symbolic items representing their identity for a collaborative interactive art gallery at the Hamtramck art hub Public Pool, called “Preserving Identity: A Muslim American Youth Experience” by May 8. The gallery hopes to showcase 50-100 jars. The artwork will […]

The Challenges of Being an Imam in America

by Imam Luqman Ahmad I’ve served as an Imam of a masjid for more than twenty years. During that time, I’ve made a basketful of observations based on my own experiences and those of many other imams around the country about the challenges we all face as imams in America. In the short time that […]

Turkey’s Referendum and Constitutional Change: Back to the Future?

by Saeed Khan April 16, 2017, will mark the Turkish national calendar as the day the country’s political landscape changed forever. The national referendum, called by President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, passed by a 51.3-48.7 percent margin, allowing the leader to seek sweeping changes to the Turkish Constitution and substantially burnish his office with unprecedented power. Chief […]

Sheila Abdus-Salaam: First US Muslim African American Woman to Serve High Court Found Dead

by Aysha Qamar The country’s first female Muslim and African-American women to serve on New York’s highest court was found dead in the Hudson River near Manhattan, according to reports on Apr. 11, 2017. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, broke gender, race, and religious barriers. Found fully clothed […]

Pakistani Women Reclaim the Streets by Getting on Bicycles

by Fatima Ahmed Pakistani society, a male-dominated society, isn’t always a friendly and safe atmosphere for women living there. In fact, women often find themselves victims of catcalling, harassment, assault, and much worse. Because of this culture, women are discouraged from venturing out into public alone. Simple tasks like running errands in certain areas of […]

A Kale Salad Bursting with Antioxidants

by Noor H. Salem Last week I discussed remarkable benefits of broccoli, the overlooked and underappreciated vegetable. Broccoli is delicious, and extremely healthy for many organs of your body if you skip drenching it in the ranch or cheese dressing. Since many don’t enjoy eating broccoli by itself, I’ve incorporated broccoli slaw into my usual […]

Broccoli: Just a Cheese-Dipper or a Superfood?

by Noor H. Salem Broccoli: the vegetable left last on the mixed vegetable platter at events, the cause of arguments at the dinner table because the kids refuse to eat it, and the one overlooked most at the grocery store. Unfortunately, the majority of the time, broccoli is used as a dipper for extremely unhealthy […]

Pepsi Won’t Drive the Resistance but These Apps Can Help

by Elizabeth Jaikaran This time around, at this point in history, the revolution is devotedly televised, meme-fied, and commodified. It is televised because our numbers are difficult to ignore; meme-fied because this generation is set up as a perpetual hunt for punchlines; and commodified because, now, activism sells and the corporate powers that be want […]

The Palestine Foundation Provides Funds to Help Palestinians Help Themselves

by Susan Shwartz Throughout the civilized world, people of good will, people who place a high value on justice and decency, hold the beleaguered people of Palestine close to their hearts. The resilience and steadfastness of the Palestine people further enhances their stature. There are many organizations that work to bring the plight of the […]