This past week, I was graced with the presence of an Omani student here at Ohio University. With this experience I learned that his family consisted of TEN children, 5 male and 5 female with ages ranging from 7 to 24 years old. I also learned that most of his siblings lived at home, even […]Read more "We Are Family!"
As a citizen of the United States I am granted many freedoms, freedoms I often take for granted. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects my right to freedom of religion. Although I am not personally religious, I question how different life would be without that choice. According to Article 18 of The Universal Declaration of Human […]Read more "The Middle East: Home for Many Relgions"
Like a few other countries and extremist militant groups in the Middle East, Kurdistan is fighting for their own state. Kurdistan is located in the northeast corner of Iraq. The people of Kurdistan, or the Kurds, have been fighting for their independence for decades. Since the United States occupation of Iraq and the killing of […]Read more "America’s Mixed Feelings About The Kurds"
For the last several months the media has been dominated by news of the progression of ISIS and the outbreak of Ebola. These two, separate issues evoke an immense fear on their own- imagine them combined. Just last month, a Tunisian ISIS terrorist was discovered researching bio-warfare. Although the intention of his research was focused […]Read more "The Greater of Two Evils"
Abortion has always been a prohibited discussion in public school. Anytime we had to report on current issues, teachers always pushed that abortion was “too controversial” and “already been done too many times before”. Ironically, I can’t think of a single time when abortion was an open discussion within the classroom. Even when it wasn’t […]Read more "Abortions and the Middle East"
The United States absence at Sir Bani Yas Forum, did not go unnoticed. During the two-and-a-half day interactive discussion, participants debated the changing strategic landscape in the Middle East, the ongoing repercussions from the Arab Spring, prospects for the Middle East Peace Process, and other current issues. Participants suspected that the US was AWOL […]Read more "Where is the US?"
Current reports have surfaced of a group being called the ‘Burkha Brigade”, which is a women’s clan that is being taught military strategies and fighting skills by extremist organizations. A recent YouTube video on the web shows the training of these women, which has sparked much concern from leaders around the world. Al-Qaeda and the […]Read more "Female Violence on the Rise"