What Would You Most Like For Americans to Understand About Syrians?

I first made these comments in discussion with students and community members following the presentation of a fellow Syrian student at Monmouth College, Mark Ghaith. The International Club at Monmouth College has sponsored a series of talks, War Stories, by students who come from countries that have been, or are now, in conflict: Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ghana and Syria….

Chicago Against Trump

This evening I went to both ‪a Trump ‎protest and then a “rally”. I talked to people from both sides; Protesters were against his racist, xenophobic, anti-immigration rhetoric (nothing new), while supporters valued his strength, “saying it as it is” language, and foreign policy views. However, none of them had a slightest understanding of issues…

Chicago Tribune: Preserving Syria’s Intellectual capital

A man stands in the debris after an explosion near Aleppo University in embattled Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 15. (Getty-AFP photo / January 15, 2013) By Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson July 5, 2013 With the death toll in Syria passing 100,000, the country’s bloody conflict has been much in the news. But…

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…