The First Lady’s Fashion: What Does It Mean at Home and Abroad?

In America and other countries like it, we may not think much about what prominent figures are wearing. With no real restrictions on clothing, it doesn’t make much sense to. However, when the first lady of America goes to an extremely conservative country like Saudi Arabia, what she wears can make a statement. Does she conform to their ideas of women and what they should wear?… [Read more]

Hushed: Pakistan Bans Electronic Media from Criticizing Saudi Arabia

The recent death of over a thousand people in Mina, Saudi Arabia, while performing the sacred ritual of Hajj (pilgrimage) raised waves of sorrow as well as concerns over the safety of pilgrims heading Saudi Arabia from all over the world each year. But something far worse happened in Pakistan: the state ordered electronic media not to criticize Saudi management for lapses in safety measures at Mina.… [Read more]

Television and America’s Dual Identity

Warning: Contains spoilers about Dexter, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men.

What is America? I often hear opposing extremes on this question from the far right and far left—the former believes it’s a nation of liberty and democracy for all, while the latter feels it’s an imperialistic force for oppression. And both sides at times seem to have their points.… [Read more]

The Middle East’s Ignored Cold War

With the recent attacks on American and Western embassies across the Muslim world, most of the narratives in the mainstream media have been focused on conflict between the West and the “Muslim world.” Yet, this exaggerated conflict is often given precedence over another trending clash in the Middle East—one with more serious ramifications for the region.… [Read more]

Saudi Arabia Banning English and Gregorian Calendar?

Last month, a four-year-old boy in Saudi Arabia made news by shooting his father to death with the man’s pistol. Reading the news online, one must have felt the father was thoughtless to put a loaded gun on the table and start changing his shirt while his young son was around. In fact, the question should have been: what exactly was the father doing with a gun to get to shopping in a so-called peaceful country when his child was accompanying him?… [Read more]