Articles

State of the Tweeting Union

By: Faizan Haq, Editor-in-Chief

When do we get to work and stop yapping online? Are we setting up a work culture where our productivity is measured by our social media posts rather than the work we’re supposed to be doing? The ethics of a culture starts at the highest level. In today’s world anything you put in writing lives forever and has consequences both personally and professionally. Does this caution apply to the highest office of the country?

THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

The Rohingya “the Muslim ethnic minority often called the world’s most persecuted people,” wrote Doug Bock Clark, in the Post Magazine. Have been attacked and killed by the Myanmar Army and Police Force who have been accused of extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, arson and infanticides. On “December 5, 2017 the United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid bin Ra’ad, announced that the Rohingya persecution may constitute genocide under international human rights laws.”

WHOSE CITY ?

WHOSE CITY ? By: Faizan Haq, Editor-in-Chief Among these swollen emotions, expectations, and religious thoughts, exists the United Nations resolutions, the international community, and their viewpoints about the fate of this city. For us Americans, the question is: With whom do we stand, and whose argument do we agree with? America, with all its commitment to the security of Israel, has managed so far to side with the international community and the United Nations……

NARRATIVE SILOS AND THE COLLECTIVE AWARDS

NARRATIVE SILOS AND THE COLLECTIVE AWARDS By: Faizan Haq, Editor-in-Chief

Bending out of shape for nothing, or for very little, has become a new norm. It seems the only way one can make a point about his or her position is by fierce exaggeration and associating images of extravagance with their own narrative. What is sacrificed in this process is reality and facts. Can a civilization survive for long by merely enhancing one’s opinion and complimenting it with loud-mouthing, noisy labels, and persistent lying? It is severing our relationship with the communities around us and the world. We don’t need to build brick walls, as the digital walls that we have erected are dividing us irreversibly anyway…..

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EAST

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EAST By: Faizan Haq Almost all presidents of the United States since World War II visit the Middle East. At least one of the US allies such as; Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Israel is a destination on their itinerary. These trips frequently appear to initiate new policies, doctrines and diplomatic trends. American policy in the Middle East often remains consistent with preserving the status quo, securing energy resources and keeping the balance among regional powers…..

SANITY OR INSANITY?

SANITY OR INSANITY? By Faizan Haq How is insanity diagnosed, measured and dealt with? The maturity of a society is defined by how civilized the society is in their treatment of the insane. According to some psychiatric studies, we all suffer from mental anguish, psychiatric deficit or psychological conditioning. Do we all deserve imprisonment isolation or containment? In the frenzy modern life, we continue to undermine the social and psychological cushioning that was provided for us by immediate and extended families, close circle of friends, and a caring connected culture.

AMERICAN IDENTITY

AMERICAN IDENTITY By: Faizan Haq Who is American? How do you become an American? What does it mean to be American?  And what are you if you are not American? Answers to these questions underline the narrative by which we define our American identity. Then there are American values; freedom, democracy and perhaps tolerance.  We are told believing in these values make you an American. We can be more specific and say our values are defined in our Constitution. Anyone that subscribes and commits to the Constitution is an American. Is that enough or do we want more? Are there other conditions that we forgot to mention in the constitution?

AMERICAS FUTURE DIVERSE OR NOT

AMERICAS FUTURE DIVERSE OR NOT By: Faizan Haq All the places where humanity resides Islands, to continents human beings came from somewhere. As much as we take pride in America being a nation of immigrants where diversity is celebrated, there are other nations in the world that are far more diverse and absorb a lot more immigrants and refugees than the United States. What makes America unique is not that it is willing to take in immigrants or refugees, what makes America unique is that we wrote it down in our value system and we decided to live by those principles. Then we propagated this value system to the rest of the world. We sat as the sage of opportunity on the international stage professing the American dream, that is equality for all. We sang the songs of the great democracy that we are.