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Veganism and the Middle Eastern Diet الحمية النباتية «فيجن» ومأكولات الشرق الأوسط

‭ By Lea Aoun Consuming meat and dairy is a big part of Arab culture. However, a small percentage of Arab-Americans have decided to change their lifestyles and become Vegan. Veganism is a diet that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. In other words, you cannot consume meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products, nor have clothing made out of fur or leather. I have had the wonderful opportunity to interview Sham Hasan, an Iraqi vegan, about his lifestyle. Mr. Hasan runs the popular Instagram, @VeganIraqiFood, where his West Coast adventures and unique vegan-friendly...

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The Stigma of Mental Illness وصمة العار من الأمراض العقلية

By Marwan Ahmad The Arab Community cannot continue to live in denial of the important issue of mental illness. Mental illness is difficult to overcome and does not disappear if we simply place our heads in the sand and deny its existence. Mental illness is not only difficult for a person to recognize, but more importantly, it is difficult for one to ask for help in order to get medical treatment. Many Arab societies do not discuss mental illness due to the stigma attached to mental illness and as a result, many Arabs who face mental illness fear the...

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Arab Students… Between Ambition and Acceptance Conditions الطلبة العرب.. بين الطموح وشروط القبول

رزاز باهبري ريناد سالم عبد الله.jpg-اليمن محمد من السعودية By Rawaa Ali America’s higher education is of the highest quality. According to the Times rating, seven of the top ten universities around the world and 76 out of the top 200 universities are located in the United States. Thanks to the sheer size of the United States and the large number of universities, it provides educational and life options to suit each individual student. As technology progresses and the sustainability of communities progresses, the need for college-educated citizens has increased. However, the rise in educational expenses and college fees...

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Muslim Ban 3.0 Impact on Travel and Economy قانون منع المسلمين ٣ تأثيره على السفر والإقتصاد

By Reem Sharaf On June 29th, 2017, Trump’s Arab and Muslim Ban went into effect. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban, commonly referred to as Muslim Ban 3.0, has had a negative impact on travel and tourism to and from the United States. On top of the decreased number of allowed applicants, the ban will suspend the entry and visa issuance of individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who don’t have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”. To establish a bona fide relationship with a person, you...

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39 Years Serving Palestinians United Palestinian Appeal leads the humanitarian efforts ٣٩ سنة في خدمة الفلسطينيين منظمة النداء الفلسطينيين الموحد تقود حملات الإغاثة

‭‬Hayat Washington Thirty-nine years ago, a group of Palestinian-American businessmen and professionals came together to form a politically independent, transparent, and professionally run organization to be a platform for supporting Palestinians. United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) partners with grassroots organizations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon to support the relief and development of these communities. In addition to these partnerships, UPA has developed programs that address poverty and building local capacity, as well as addressing basic human rights of the most vulnerable and underserved communities. The ongoing blockade of Gaza and...

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