Author Archives: Roqayah Chamseddine

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The blood has not yet dried on the streets of Boston after a horrific attack which left three dead and dozens injured, yet the question for many now is not the identity of the perpetrator but how long his beard is. The local authorities have not identified any suspects yet a plethora of minds have clearly been made up as to who committed this abhorrent act; the hashtag #Muslims went on to trend for hours alongside #MuslimsDidIt.

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‘FEMEN’ and the suppression of native voices

I loathe the premise that people of colour should be ‘grateful’ that others are taking notice of their subjugation, or that they should bite their tongues and clench their fists and instead show gratitude because their varied plights are being in some way ‘acknowledged‘ by others.

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Why I used to detest feminism and why I am a feminist

I did not identify as a feminist long ago, in fact I would squirm, roll my eyes, groan and shoo away any mention of feminism with a simple wave of my hand. Feminism was a word I detested, that I … Continue reading

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Hey Girl, You’ve Made My Kill List: Five Valentines Day drones for that special someone

Five drone-themed Valentine’s Day cards.

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Rocks For Palestine

‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee.

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When discrimination hits home (IHOP fired my dad for being Arab and Muslim)

After 9/11 IHOP told a model manager, Hussein ‘Joseph’ Chamseddine, to ‘lay low’ on the job because he is Muslim. Then in 2010 it fired him and three others

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‘In your eyes, I’m a terrorist’ but you killed and maimed 100s of 1000s of Muslims — Mehanna, on sentencing

Tarek Mehanna is sentenced to 17-1/2 years in Massachusetts as an alleged terrorist, targeted because he had questioned American policy in the Middle East

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Survivors of Kandahar villages massacre speak to western journalist

Survivors of the massacre in Kandahar say that more than one American was involved

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Middle East, On the ground reports, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | 6 Comments

The Palestinian refugees of Lebanon

In my native Lebanon, where I volunteered last winter in a number of Palestinian refugees camps such as Burj el Barajne, I saw first hand the immense level of deprivation Palestinians face as refugees in Lebanon, where they are prevented from the right to work, from joining any Lebanese trade unions, from owning property and even denied social security.

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Why we should be furious the Haditha massacre Marines got no jail time

Orwellian-style agitprop from James Joyner in The Atlantic on the Haditha massacre where 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children were killed by a group of United States Marines in 2005.

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | 48 Comments

Surviving Guantánamo

On the 10th anniversary of the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, in commemoration of all the prisoners who have suffered, we invite you to listen to  former detainee Qari Mohemmed Saad Iqbal Madani. Without having being charged nor having … Continue reading

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Expendables of a waning empire

Notes on Obama’s expanding drone war

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Merry Christmas from the little ghetto of Bethlehem

45-year-long military occupation has made normal life impossible for Palestinians who depend on Christmas travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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Let us forget Iraq

For Iraqis, the suffering is endless and the consequences of occupation have only just begun. America left a ruined country.

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The Lebanon war at 5– ‘We refuse to perish’

I am the product of a southern melody; a composite sketch drawn on sheets of both destruction and resurrection, of rage and recovery. The bloody fragments of Sabra and Shatila played out a bold symphony throughout my life, with the … Continue reading

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Egypt has become our ballad – a testimony before the world, crying out that we live

As of late, watching US-based media awkwardly follow the uprising in Egypt has become nothing more than a maddening task; I have learned more in respect to the apathy of Washington than the alleged “chaos” in Egypt. I have watched … Continue reading

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On Al-Quds Day

[Editor's note: Today is Al-Quds Day, an international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people that is held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan.] Al Quds – Jerusalem: The city of martyrs; the occupied city. A city painted a … Continue reading

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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon do not only have Israel to blame for their plight

The Lebanese Parliament on Tuesday approved a law permitting Palestinians residing in Lebanon the same work opportunities as foreigners; the proposal amending the Lebanese Labor Law will grant Palestinian refugees in Lebanon the right to free-of-charge work permits and severance … Continue reading

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