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How a Family, Amid Israeli Oppression, Survived the Trek From Gaza City to Rafah

Grief on Gaza’s Trail of Tears

We were forced to leave our home on Nov. 11, driven out by Israel against our will. Our family had managed to survive for 29 horrendous days since Israel ordered the north of the Gaza Strip to evacuate south on Oct. 13. I think Israel can't stand the idea of Palestinians making their own decisions — part of the danger of constantly living under a brutal siege. History is repeating itself. Isn't one Nakba enough?

For Pilgrims Traveling Unofficially, Performing the Hajj Can Be a Harrowing Journey

Smuggled Into Mecca

A trusted friend informed me of an opportunity to perform the Hajj, albeit informally. I had often heard the saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," but I never imagined that my journey to Mecca outside the official pilgrimage system would lead me to a nightmare.

My Father, the Cleaver: Remembering a Libyan Cartoonist’s Satirical Legacy

My Father, the Cleaver: Remembering a Libyan Cartoonist’s Satirical Legacy

From his exile in northern England, the Libyan satirist Hasan Dhaimish skewered Moammar Gadhafi and his ilk for decades with his razor-sharp cartoons. After the dictator’s fall, Dhaimish took his work into overdrive — but without a central target, his net widened, and his isolation deepened.

The Failures of an American Muslim and Jewish Dialogue

The Failures of an American Muslim and Jewish Dialogue

In the wake of the conflict in Gaza, an original member of the Muslim Leadership Initiative, a controversial program aimed at connecting American Muslims with Jewish Americans and Israelis, reflects on its shortcomings and his own efforts to shift U.S. foreign policy.

In Australia, Song Has Power

In Australia, Song Has Power

Indigenous Australians like Bill store cultural memory, law and survival in the songs that guide every part of life, from marriage and inheritance to knowledge of medicine, hunting and the stars, all contained within an intricate mythology.

From the Dodgy Dossier to the Cambridge Controversies, Not All Plagiarism Is Alike

From the Dodgy Dossier to the Cambridge Controversies, Not All Plagiarism Is Alike

In 2003, the British government copied parts of my thesis to justify the invasion of Iraq. While accusations leveled at Claudine Gay and Neri Oxman have put plagiarism back in the news, we need to acknowledge that not all cases are the same.

Through the Psychedelic Looking Glass

Through the Psychedelic Looking Glass

The psychedelic renaissance often fixates on the real power of the drugs to heal, while dismissing their equally real propensity to harm. One reason: Big psychedelics means big profits, and there are already huge sums of cash flowing into the industry.