Medical Unity or Apartheid?

Within just the past couple of weeks, the Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly transitioned into a Covid nightmare. While Americans continue to celebrate after successful vaccine distributions, devastated families in India mourn the countless loved ones taken from them by a ruthless virus. The devastated country’s second coronavirus wave is shattering world records, producing over 300,000…

Except for Palestine

In the wake of violent settler colonialism in Palestine, international support has become evermore essential in protecting Palestinian families from further encroachment upon basic human rights. However, with polarized politics and religious zeal involved, a considerable number of people — even progressively-minded individuals — have attempted to make unifying remarks to acknowledge the atrocities while…

Islamophobia in France Amid COVID-19

During a raging pandemic, which has affected millions around the world, what actions should a responsive, sympathetic government take to mitigate the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19? Mandate mask-wearing and social distancing policies? Certainly. Provide a semblance of universal basic income for fired or furloughed workers? Now we’re getting somewhere. Ostracize an entire religious community unrelated…

The Derek Chauvin Trial and Its Implications

“Seeing is believing.”  As the trial of Derek Chauvin proceeds, the prosecution and defense — despite their fundamental differences — both outlined strategies that are inherently premised on this theme. By the end of opening statements, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell coaxed jurors to “believe your eyes, that it’s homicide — it’s murder,” whereas Chauvin’s attorney Eric…

Rafay’s Recitations: Internment

On January 20, 2021, newly inaugurated President Joe Biden took decisive action for the Islamic community. In a landmark executive order, Biden reversed former president Donald Trump’s infamous “Muslim ban,” which inhibited entry from several Muslim-majority countries.  Over time, the Trump administration modified the ban to encompass several African nations, including Nigeria, Tanzania, and Eritrea.…