Category Archives: Arab Spring

Wet and Quickly Drying – An Explanation of the Year’s Changes, A Proposal for Next Steps


As featured on the Huffington Post: The life we know hasn’t changed much since December 27 of 2010. Murky smog still poisons the air I breathe in Los Angeles. A snapshot of the New York skyline taken today will match … Continue reading

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An Inarticulate Outcry – Occupy Wall Street’s Most Obtrusive Roadblock


Without scrutiny or much thought, I can tell you that the Civil Rights movement fought for socioeconomic and legal equality for African-Americans. I can also tell you that the Arab Spring was the mobilization of citizens of Middle Eastern countries … Continue reading

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A Rickety House – Why a Science Museum in Oregon Matters in Tomorrow’s UN Vote


On the east bank of Portland, Oregon’s Willamette River sits an expansive complex of buildings. The mostly-brick complex, which welcomes about a million visitors each year, is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or “OMSI.” As a child, I … Continue reading

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“Don’t Say Hate” – What to Do When Nothing Can be Done


Somewhere, sometime, someone advised only to speak when it improves upon the silence. I generally try to abide by that rule. In fact, now seems like a particularly easy time to do so. Though much is happening in the world … Continue reading

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A Spicy Situation – Obama’s Libya Wisdom


When I was two years old, and my parents and I had been living in Manhattan for about a year, we had a visit from some out-of-town relatives. Because it was a special occasion, my mom and dad dressed me … Continue reading

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A Watchful Eye, Not a Loaded Gun – America’s Role in Libya


Last Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that military action in Libya is still on the table. It shouldn’t be. America need not and must not act as an imperialist regime. It must be a global humanitarian … Continue reading

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There Goes Democracy – What Happens Next?


In the heat of protest, the heavy weight of demand overrides reality. The incongruity of wants and desires outweigh what is within the realm of possibility. The whole event becomes more about the amount of protesters and signs than it … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Moment – The Value of Transition in a Chaotic World


Havdallah is the Jewish ceremony that marks the end of one week and the beginning of the next. Its rituals — lighting a candle, feeling its warmth, smelling a spice, sipping grape juice, hearing a melody — are intended to … Continue reading

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