Category: POLITICS

Morality Tales in US Public Life? 08.12.18 by B. Nimri Aziz

Many Americans who think their country is unquestionably the greatest have been chagrined by recent events that brought them to a new low point. The treatment of families seeking asylum at our southern border with forced separation of children from parents, some shipped to distant parts of the country, is shocking, embarrassing and reprehensible. Overwhelmingly, ...

Dearborn’s Civil Society Has Storm Clouds

Panic, fear, anxiety - relief? The reactions from everyday persons in Dearborn to the last few weeks are rumblings from the storm clouds above American civil society. Our little slice of solace is turning into the focal point for this nation's troubles. Two years ago, a third of Dearborn residents voted for Donald Trump. The ...

​Becoming a Democracy—The Example of Nepal

Hardly noticed on the world landscape of emerging democracies lies Nepal. This new republic now has its first government, newly formed this past February, under a secular constitution. It’s a route scattered with the detritus of its becoming a republic, though still a relatively nonviolent path. Why is the international press not following Nepal’s embryonic ...

The Interminable Palestinian Uprising by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Jan 5/18 by Barbara Nimri Aziz “Naila and the Uprising” is a new film about Palestine—an old story with a new edition. An almost exclusively women’s production “Naila” effectively employs evocative animation alongside compelling personal testimonials of Palestinian resistance 30 years ago. The “Great March of Return” which the world just experienced-- immobilized and shamed ...

From Decided, to Undecided, to Voting for Abdul El-Sayed

Politics is difficult for me to navigate, because I don’t like being beholden to a political template, political rhetoric, and I like to believe that human beings are multidimensional in that they do not fit nicely into categories. It’s ironic, because I am a psychiatrist, and we diagnose patients based on diagnostic criteria and categories. ...

On Memorial Day, Millennials Often Forgotten

Waving the flag is nice, but supporting our troops means knowing the unique struggle of Post 9/11 veterans and ensuring our service is not forgotten.

Gamal Abdel Nasser: A Dream That Couldn’t Come True by Ambassador Dr. Ali Ajami

Only 52 years between his birth and death. And despite this short life, Gamal Abdel Nasser’s achievements were more, by far, to be counted. The officer that emerged from a poor family, managed to rise high in the political life, not only in his home country, Egypt but also in the Arab world, as well ...

​“Swing Status, Be Gone” by Barbara Nimri Aziz

​ During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a “swing state”, or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and ...