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Popular radio host Laura Ingraham’s suspected Nazi salute at the Republican National Convention.

White supremacy’s inferiority complex

December 2016 – For an ideology which claims to stand at the pinnacle of humanity, white supremacy exhibits a paranoid sense of inferiority and persecution.

Should the adhan go back to its unplugged roots? Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Should the adhan go back to its unplugged roots?
Photo: ©Khaled Diab

The sound of religious discord

November 2016 – We need to reach a future in which the religious freedom of Muslims who wish to hear the call to prayer does not infringe upon the peace of mind of non-Muslims and non-practising Muslims.

What happens when science fiction crosses into science fact?

November 2016 – Cloaking devices are the stuff of magic realms and deep-space exploration, not real life. Think again! Making photonic chips invisible to one another could pave the way to computing at the speed of light.

A sneak peak inside Sisi's fridge.

A sneak peak inside Sisi’s fridge.

Sisi’s fridge and Egypt’s frosty economy

November 2016 – A gaffe by Egypt’s president about his refrigerator reveals just how much Egyptians have cooled towards Sisi and his chilling economics.

Gamal Mubarak’s get-rich-quick scheme

November 2016 – How can you make a return that is 12,000 times greater than the initial “investment” in under a decade? Ask Gamal Mubarak.

Multilingualism: The power of Babel

November 2016 – Speaking foreign languages broadens our horizons and can act as an antidote against toxic xenophobia.

working-dead2The Working Dead

October 2016 – Save yourself before the Working Dead consume you!

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

The case for non-violence in Israel-Palestine

October 2016 – Although violence is all too often the path of least resistance, Israelis and Palestinians urgently need to navigate a peaceful path out of the quagmire.

FICTION: Escaping terror firma, Part 4 – Drowning in a sea of dashed dreams

October 2016 – “I fully expect to be escorted off the ship and onwards towards oblivion, first in a prison cell in Israel and then in the prison of Gaza… But then…”

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Israel declares war on peaceful activism

October 2016 – The Israeli government fears and combats peace and rights activists with greater gusto and urgency than armed extremists.

FICTION: Escaping terror firma, Part 3 – Shipwrecked delusions

September 2016 – My body is seized by an overwhelming fit of shivering of epileptic proportions… “Don’t move,” a male voice commands, rather unreasonably, from amid the nervous crowd of weapons.

Syria and freedom from death

September 2016 – Where once Syrians struggled for the ideals of freedom, equality and dignity, the liberty that most counts in Syria today is the freedom from the fear of death.

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Podcast: Concrete canvas

September 2016 – Like the Berlin Wall and other political barriers, the Israeli wall has witnessed an explosion of protest art on its concrete canvas.

Najih Shaker al-Baldawi intercepted the attacker and hugged the suicide bomber tight, not out of affection for him but out of love for the strangers flocking to a local shrine.

Najih Shaker al-Baldawi intercepted the attacker and hugged the suicide bomber tight, not out of affection for him but out of love for the strangers flocking to a local shrine.

The generous of the earth in the most wretched of places

September 2016 – If you’re feeling dejected by the troubled times we live in, remember that human generosity lives on, even in the most wretched of places.

FICTION: Escaping terror firma, Part 2 – Breaking out of the fish bowl

September 2016 – We live in a fish bowl. It would be more likely for a pink elephant to fall out of the sky than for me to get Faris alone somewhere. But the pink elephant somehow managed to land right next to me.

Muslims with altitude and the fine art of terrorism

August 2016 – If you  are or look like a Muslim or Arab, whatever you do, do not read, sweat or speak Arabic when flying.

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

FICTION: Escaping terror firma, Part 1: Hell from the heavens

August 2016 – Poetry and song talk of soaring free as a bird, but the heavens are where hell resides. People talk of taking wing, but, me, I’d rather take fin, be free as a fish.

Slain blogger Qandeel Baloch. Source: Her Facebook page

Slain blogger Qandeel Baloch.
Source: Her Facebook page

The mirage of the meek Muslim woman

August 2016 – Incurable misogynist Donald Trump has Muslim women all wrong. They are not silent and submissive.

Ayman Odeh: “We reject the equation that it is all Jews against all Arabs”

August 2016 – As the Israeli Knesset declares war on its Palestinian members, Ayman Odeh believes the only way forward is through a joint Arab-Jewish struggle.

Photo: Boštjan Videmšek

Photo: Boštjan Videmšek

Turkey: “Everywhere I look I see fear”

July 2016 – Turkey’s failed military coup has been a “gift from God” for Erdoğan, who is now cementing his grip on dictatorship.

Spiritual oasis or consumer paradise?

July 2016 – Despite having acquired some 21st-century trappings, Eid al-Fitr’s mix of religion and revelry is hundreds of years old.

The folly of the Arab world’s nuclear energy dream

June 2016 – Investing in nuclear energy makes no economic, geostrategic or environmental sense in the Arab world. Renewables will provide the only sunny future.

Image design: Khaled Diab

Image design: Khaled Diab

Lieberman, Netanyahu and Dr Strangelove

June 2016 – The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel’s defence minister is like the plot of a nihlistic black comedy.