May you all turn your darkness into a very bright future!

In two weeks, I am glad to announce that it will officially be three full years of my living here in the United States. Three long years of tears, happiness and achievements. What an extraordinary opportunity I have received in coming to this country! I consider myself not only incredibly fortunate to have been chance…

Syrian Interfaith Leaders Visit Main Campus

The IIT Office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning partnered with WorldChicago to host a delegation of Syrian interfaith leaders on Main Campus on October 31. The delegation was part of a project bringing together Syrian leaders of many faiths to discuss interfaith and faith-based…

The Syrian Phoenix

“Mohamad Duma” “What a cruel thing war is…. To fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors…” Robert E. Lee* General (1807–1870) US Civil War The words of Lee, have definitely reached the heart of the artist who he says that he “draws on death” and creates something for the living –…

To all journalists around the world…

“The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.” Photo credit http://www.mirror.co.uk These are the words of Geraldo Rivera on journalism and if we want to mention an example from our reality, James W. Foley would be the perfect one. From a teacher in Arizona to one in Chicago for Teach…

To Our Countries لبلادي

To our countries… a beautiful piece of art done by two Syrian ladies in the hope of living in peace one day in the Middle East. This video describes the pain and war in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. “Syria(3 years of war)…A war that never knew its beginning… a war dreaming of an end”…

The Father of Syrians did not die today

As I browse through my Facebook trying to choose my words wisely before writing this post, I can hardly find any expressions whether in Arabic or in English to describe the face that is showing literally in every post by my Syrian friends.    Pictures of one old man with my friend as a kid;…

April showers bring May’s flowers

It was rainy today with thunder and lightning in Chicago. The very loud thunder was really scary, it made one of my friends today thinking that it’s a blast sound like what happened a few days ago in Boston! He never thought that a thunder might sound like a blast before, however, what happened in…