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Al-Quds is a Central City for All Faiths القدس مدينة مركزية لجميع الديانات

By Marwan Ahmad “Al-Quds”, the Arabic name for Jerusalem, is cherished by many for its historical and religious significance. It has seen many wars and conquerors. We all followed the news in July when Muslim worshipers were prevented from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites for Muslims. Not only Muslims protested Israel’s actions of blocking Muslim worshipers, but Palestinian Christians and many around the world also stood by Muslims to demand the freedom of worship. For the past few decades, Al-Quds has changed from a once diverse city, with important religious and historical sites for many faiths,...

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Five Tools for a Successful School Year خمس أدوات للعام الدراسي الناجح

By Reem Sharaf With the new academic year upon us, many parents are busy preparing their children for school. An essential, but often times overlooked area of preparation is emotional and social preparedness. Parents need to equip their children with the tools to overcome the pressures and tolls school can have on them. Research has shown that more and more children and adolescents are starting to establish negative patterns of behavior starting at an early age. Negative behavior such as: substance use (alcohol, tobacco, or drugs), early intimate relationships, gambling, and gang involvement. Contrary to common belief, this behavior...

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The Charlottesville, Virginia Protest: احتجاجات شارلتسفيل فرجينيا

A Call for Accountability دعوة للمساءلة ‭By Reem Sharaf August 12, 2017 will forever be remembered as the day evil and hatred senselessly crossed a line of no return. On that Saturday, white supremacists – white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members – held a rally in Charlottesville, VA titled “Unite the Right”. They were protesting the city’s decision to remove confederate monuments, specifically the statue of General Robert Lee, a confederate who led the Virginia confederate army during the civil war. Violence quickly erupted when counter-protesters arrived on the scene. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of...

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Arab Students’ Challenges التحديات التي يواجهها الطالب العربي

‭By Rawaa Ali The Arab family always aspires to support its children at all stages of their studies. For this purpose, they sacrifice much to achieve this goal, especially if their children are inclined to excel in learning. But Arab families face many challenges in order to realize theirs and their childrenrealize theirs lls goal, especially ifurposeties arise when the family is a new immigrant to America due to language challenges and understanding of the regulations and fundamentals of the U.S. educational system. Throughout primary, intermediate, and preparatory school, families prepare for their children by purchasing various school needs...

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Through the Looking Glass النظر من خلال الزجاج

By Yousef Ahmad This month, Hayat Washington had the pleasure of speaking with Meriem Elatra. Meriem, born in Houston, Texas and raised in Algiers, Algeria, is a profound artist who works with multiple types of media, such as oil, ink and watercolor. Traditionally, she has focused on figurative portraits; however, recently she has begun working with abstractionism. In the following interview, we asked Meriem about her background and her inspiration for her work. What inspired you to become an artist? I am a self-taught artist. I actually grew up in Algiers and studied and worked as an engineer there....

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