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Reflections on a senior center

By Abdullahi Guled
Before I walked into the senior center, I did not know what to expect. I never really interacted with the elderly much. I never got the chance to see my grandparents and most of the old people I encountered were usually my dad’s acquaintances. I would let my dad do the talking in those situations because I never felt like I had to interact with them. The visit to the senior center was different because I was expected to have conversations with elderly people I had never met before.
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Tunisia’s revolution wasn’t televised

By Lolla Mohammed Nur, The Minnesota Daily

Two weeks ago, most University of Minnesota students were probably busy enjoying their long-awaited winter breaks and gripped by the tragic shooting in Arizona.

So it’s no surprise that most students didn’t hear about Tunisia’s revolution when it began brewing last month.

But had the first successful Arab revolt in the past generation occurred at any other time, we would have probably still missed it because of the small amount of media attention outside Arab and Francophone countries.

Read the rest of Lolla’s article here.

In Times of Anger

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota

As we reflect on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., it is beneficial for us to see the whole person and not just one moment of his life where he gave the “I have a dream speech.”  King was angry at the sufferings that African Americans were enduring.  He was not passive, a dreamer or in denial of what was happening around him.  People who are in denial of what they are experiencing cannot solve their problems, but resort to escapism solutions like drugs and alcohol.

Read the rest of Fedwa’s article here. Also read the Part II article  here.

Hate Kills

By Zafar Siddiqui, Engage Minnesota
“…the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business…. When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government—the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous, and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital…. People tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it’s not without consequences.”
Read the rest of Zafar’s article here.

Egypt’s Muslims express solidarity by acting as “human shields” for Coptic Churches

We thought it is important to show examples of solidarity and tolerance in a time when contention and division are celebrated by the media. In case you missed it, here are a few links:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/3216/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-Muslims-to-act-as-human-shields-at-Coptic-Ch.aspx

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/07/egypt.coptic.church.attack/index.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/egyptian-muslims-lend-support-to-coptics-on-religious-holiday/article1860811/

http://www.insidecatholic.com/9228-egyptian-muslims-act-as-human-shields-at-coptic-christmas-mass.html

http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/29940-egyptian-muslims-serve-as-christian-body-shields

Monitoring Muslim Americans

By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota

Some time ago, a friend told me a story about his workplace. A Sudanese client came in for a visit. One of my friend’s colleagues met the client, and afterward described him as “a very smart guy.” He said it as though it were a cause for concern.

Read the rest of Hani’s piece here.

My New Year’s Resolution



By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota

New Year’s resolutions frequently seem to involve putting an end to an embarrassing aspect of one’s life. I am no exception and I have a long list of resolutions for many new years to come. I need to eat healthier,  because it is embarrassing that I seem to consume more cheese than water. I need to exercise more because I’m embarrassed that my only physical activity seems to be walking to and from the car. I need to watch less TV because, let’s face it, I can never be as cool as Horatio. His deadly combination of red hair and trendy shades oozes with can’t-be-like-me-ness.

I can also live with a little less sarcasm. Continue reading

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