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An Arab man's attempt at bridging the cultural gap and trying to make a difference. Failing a lot. Succeeding once in a while.

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Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening

27 Jun, '164 Comments

I created this border yesterday. It features big rocks that were dug up by the sewageworks in our neighbourhood. As you can see, I repurposed them as well as the sand they dug up to create a couple of xeriscaped borders. These are positioned at the entrance (or the end) of our road and neighbourhood. […]

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Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

4 Jun, '160 Comments

Who hasn’t been inspired in one way or another by Mohammed Ali? From his famous “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” to the defence of his titles as well as his human rights activities. I’m going to miss him, and though I’m not an avid boxing fan, I am so grateful to have […]

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What is depression?

What is depression?

3 Jun, '160 Comments

Not many people understand depression, including me. I found this on TED that might contribute to a better understanding. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder […]

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How to deal with hate

How to deal with hate

3 Jun, '161 Comment

Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate: Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women […]

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