The Political Advantage of Islamophobia

Saad Omar Khan The imagery in Donald Trump’s latest campaign commercial speaks for itself: a horde of people at an airport passport control line dissolving into a picture of armed terrorists in balaclavas, overlaid with the words “Temporary Ban on Muslims Entering U.S.” in bold, block letters. The imagery and tone of this commercial is…

Why the West’s Syrian refugee crisis is unresolvable

Saad Omar Khan In the early morning of September 2, 2015, Alan Kurdi—a three-year old Syrian Kurd—boarded a flimsy inflatable raft with his parents and brother on a voyage from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos. Within hours, Alan, along with his brother and mother, would be dead, drowned after their vessel capsized not…

Opinion: Bill 94, A By-Product of American Orientalist Discourse

Shane Senécal-Tremblay Advanced by former Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2010, Bill 94 is a controversial piece of legislation that effectively revokes fundamental freedoms and rights from those women whose religious beliefs include the wearing of a niqab. More specifically, the bill prohibits face-covering women from giving or receiving government services in the name of…

Water Distribution in the West Bank: A System Frozen in Time

Naama Baumgarten-Sharon On February 12, 2014, European Parliament President Martin Schultz addressed the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), quoting a claim that the average Israeli used four times more water than the average Palestinian in the West Bank. The address brought the subject of water allocations – something often overlooked when more pressing aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian…