Amal Clooney Wants to Sue ISIS(Daesh)

Amal Clooney has recently made comments that she wants to take the terrorist organization, the So-Called Islamic State (Daesh) to court and sue them. She wants to force Daesh to take responsibility for how they have been treating the Yazidi people. The Yazidi are a religious form of the Kurdish ethnicity whom are in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Amal Clooney is a Labanese-British international law and human rights lawyer, and spouse to American actor, George Clooney. Amal Clooney is also a Druze Muslim, which is from the Ismaili sect of Islam.

Daesh has enslaved, tortured, murdered, and raped thousands of Yazidi people over the last two years. 

I have seen videos of woman whom were kidnapped and raped. It was very chilling and sad to watch. All of what Daesh is doing is against Islam and the teachings of the Quran. It is inhumane and wrong on all counts. No one deserves the treatment the innocent Yazidi people have faced.

Amal Clooney is also speaking out against the international community who are not doing enough to help the Yazidi People. Amal is trying to offer hope to the Yazidi refugees she talked to while she was in Greece. 
Amal Clooney is calling on the International Criminal Court to prosecute Daesh for the genocide they have committed against the Yazidi people. 

Mr. Robot Star, Rami Malek, Wins Emmy!

Egyptian-American, Rami Malek wins the Emmy award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for his role in Mr. Robot!

Malek is the first ever Egyptian-American to win a Emmy award, in addition to it being his first ever Emmy nomination! He is also the first non-white person in 18 years to win this award as well.

Rami Malek gave an acceptance speech that gave me chills.

Not only was Rami Malek up for an Emmy but the Mr. Robot series was up for two as well. Though they lost.

The Director and screen writer for Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail is also an Egyptian American, accepted the Emmy for the series.

Sam Esmail is a Muslim American, born to Egyptian parents, and finance to Emmy Rossum.

I am glad to see that there was some diversity at the Emmy’s.

Hate Crimes: Be on Alert!

The overwhelming amount of hate crimes I see growing on a daily basis is sickening.  The majority of hate crimes I see are against Muslims. Again, I blame these hate crimes on the rhetoric from this election.

Here are Some Recent Ones:

Woman Attacks Two Muslim Sisters Walking with a Baby
Thursday September 8th, a New York City woman, Emirjeta Xhelili, attacked two Muslim women who were pushing their young children in strollers and tried to rip off one woman’s hijab.

Court documents say Xhelili approached the women near her home in Brooklyn, Thursday afternoon, where she punched one of them in the head, screamed racial slurs and told them to leave America. In addition, Xhelili pushed one of the woman’s strollers toward the ground and tried to take the second woman’s stroller.

The charges Xhelili faces are assault, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office described the incident as a hate crime.

Xhelili is being held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.

Woman Set on Fire For Wearing Islamic Clothes
Saturday evening, a 36-year-old Scottish tourist, whom was wearing a traditional Muslim outfit, had her blouse set on fire on faith Ave in New York, Saturday Evening. Luckily she was not badly hurt. They are still in pursuit of finding the suspect.

They are still looking for the man who committed the crime.
Mosque Set on Fire
On September 12th at 12:30 A.M., a man set fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. This hate crime happened on Eid Al-Adha, the Muslim holy holiday, celebrating the sacrifice prophet Abraham made, which takes place on a different day every year. 

They are still looking for the culprit.

U.S. Coalition Brings Kurds and Turks Together to Destroy Daesh (ISIS)

For the purpose of this article I will refer to the So-called Islamic state, as Daesh. I do not believe that they have the right to be called Islamic and also, they hate being called Daesh. It is the term used to call the so-called islamic state in Arabic also, the so-called Islamic State has threatened to cut out the tongues of anyone it hears using the term.

Before I get into the Title of my article, let me give a short summary of the ongoing Kurdish-Turkish conflict. 

The Kurdish people were against Ottoman empire for years prior to Turkey’s independence. Now since Turkey gained its independence, the Kurdish people want theres too because Kurdish people do not have the same rights in Turkey. Since the late 1970’s, the Kurdish people have wanted to have independence over their land as well and to be known as Kurdistan. I am not taking sides, just stating the little I know about this. I am sure there is more to it but I am only giving you a short synopsis. 

BUT when it all comes down to it everyone hates Daesh more than anything. 

US state department spokesman John Kirby said, “We don’t want to see them fighting each other, we want to see everybody in the coalition… focus our efforts on Daesh.” 

For now, the Kurdish people and the Turkish government have agreed to fight in the coalition against Daesh with a ceasefire. Unfortunately, since Turkey sees the Kurdish militia as terrorists, it is presumed the Kurds and Turks will be back against each other after the coalition. 

Picture from BBC

EpiPen: Putting a Price on Saving a Life!

To many of you, the price increase of an EpiPen may not seem like a big deal. At least not until you have a life threatening allergic reaction, where you almost die, or you have kids who do. When I was younger both cashews and pistachios were just as bad for me. I somehow grew more of an immunity to cashews. Yes, I am allergic to the best tasting nuts in the world but that is besides the point. I’m one of those people who needs to carry an EpiPen with me in case I come in contact with a raw pistachio. When the nut is roasted and I accidentally eat it, all I need to do is take a Benadryl. However for me, without a shot of epinephrine, a un-roasted pistachio could send me into anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis) or kill me, if it goes untreated.

Anaphylactic shock, or, anaphylaxis is what happens when you have a life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen, the pistachio for instance. The body reacts to the over sensitivity it has to this antigen, so antibodies try to fight the antigen but at an excessive rate. So, let me explain why I need the EpiPen. The EpiPen contains epinephrine which is also know as adrenaline. The epinephrine that gets injected into my thigh, constricts blood vessels to increase blood pressure, relaxes my lungs to improve breathing, increases the heart rate, reduces hives and swelling, that may occur from the allergic reaction.

I’m sure it was scary for my parents, when I was a child and they saw me break out in hives and anaphylactic shock. No parent or person should want to see this happen to anyone. 

My parents still paid the price of almost $100 to get the EpiPen in case I had an allergic reaction. Now I am paying for it on my own and the price is far higher.

This story sounds all too familiar to the guy, Martin Shkreli, whom raised the price drastically of a cancer medicine. People try to put a price on a life, because these pens really can save someone’s life. Why do people have to suffer because they are deadly allergic to things?
People need this pen to save their lives. I have a younger cousin whom is allergic to almost everything and without this she could potentially die. 

An article I read from the New York Times mentioned Elsevier Clinical Solutions’ Gold Standard Drug Database reported that in 2007, pharmacies paid less than $100 for a two-pen set but has since steadily raised the wholesale price. In 2009, a pharmacy paid $103.50 for a set. By July 2013, the price was up to $264.50, and then it rose to $461 by last May. This May the price spiked again to $608.61. 

Many people can’t afford $600 and I guarantee insurances are not going to pay full price for that. The CEO Heather Bresch is risking killing people just to gain more money. She really needed a $18 million dollar raise? She blames the system but she is merely taken advantage of it. 

We should do something about it. I call on congress to do something about this, we need to fix the system!

Senator Bernie Sanders was someone who called out congress for this flaw in the Healthcare System but now he was silenced and booted out of the presidential race.

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Lochte get out Of Jail Free Card: White Privilege

Let me give you an overview of what that took place in Rio de janiro, Brazil by olympian, Ryan Lochte and his swimming teammates.

A few days ago Ryan Lochte told a story that he was robbed at gunpoint, to the police….. On Friday he apologized for “exaggerating.” By exaggerating, I mean he made up the whole story. On Thursday, the Brazilian police had evidence disproving everything that Lochte said. That means that Lochte made a false police report. The evidence was from two security cameras and the testimony of the gas station store clerk, close by security guards and regular citizens. 

The security guards just happened to be brown, so I am sure Lochte tried to use that to his advantage! 

So, what really happened in Rio? The head of Rio de Janeiro’s civil police, Fernando Veloso, said the story told by Lochte and the additional three U.S. swimmers was false. Veloso said the athletes vandalized a bathroom in a gas station early Sunday morning, then confronted by armed security. 

When on the other end of the spectrum, olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, who is black, was put under extreme scrutiny this Olympics for not putting her hand on her heart over the national anthem. She did something so small but is put under scrutiny. 

Mario Andrada, communications director for Rio 2016 defended the athletes by saying,“Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes you take actions that you later regret. They are magnificent athletes. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times.” Also, you are a 32-year-old man but if we say you are a kid, it will be okay! You broke the law, acted like a thug, vandalized a bathroom, and were trashy drunk…. but we will let it slide! 

Why are these athletes only getting a slap on the wrist? Indictment is a formal process that happens at the end of an investigation and hasn’t taken place yet. In this case, who know if it ever will.They were told not to leave the country until the investigation was done but Lochte is back in the U.S.

So, what two things got Lochte off the hook for his crimes and not being put in jail? Though Lochte is half cuban, his white privilege and being a star athlete kept him out of jail. White privilege is something you get from having white skin, it doesn’t matter what your race is. 

Not only did he use his privilege card, he also played the victim and lied to the police! He put the blame on the brown security guards! 

I am sure that if he was black, the people at the gas station would have possibly shot him.  

Why Are the Famous Muslims Silent?!

Recently I wrote an article for online news publication about Aziz Ansari. The article I wrote was in relation to a article where Ansari wrote an open letter in the New York times, calling out trump for his xenophobic rhetoric… So it lead me to this question, why are more famous people in America with Muslim ties not talking out against the Racist Rhetoric we see spewing in this current election? Believe it or not, in the United States, there are quite a few famous people who are Muslims or have family members who are! So why are they not speaking out? What will it take for them to start talking? If you have privilege, I do not understand why you would not use it for people who don’t have a voice.

Why not Jelena Noira “Gigi” Hadid? She is the daughter to a Jordanian American immigrant, Mohamed Hadid and a Dutch mother. 

NBC news anchor, Hoda Kotb? A Muslim who is is probably one of the most recognized Arabs in the United States.  Kota has even had interviews with Trump and other republican candidates. She had
opportunities to call him out but didn’t.

Basketball Star, Shaquille O’Neal?

Who is speaking out against Trump, besides Ansari?

NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul Jabar has spoke out against the xenophobic rhetoric in Time Magazine and at the DNC convention. 

Muslim Comedian,  Dave Chapelle has called out Trump in his stand up comedy.

Maybe the ones who will not talk are worried they will lose fans or their jobs if they talk about it. I think life for Muslims with no voice in America would be way better if these famous people stick out for them and spoke out against racism. If Trump were to ban Muslims from coming into our country, wouldn’t these people be banned from coming in?

Ansari PhotographHadid PhotographO’Neal PhotographKotb PhotographJabar PhotographChapelle Photograph

Open letter to Bernie Sanders: We still love you!

After the democratic convention I have been thinking about Bernie Sanders and the impact he had on all of us.  Even if you hate him, he still managed to up the amount of voters, young and old! He talked at the DNC convention in such a sophisticated way even after the DNC treated him in a bad way, by trying to bring him down! I have the utmost respect for that man. I remember I started supporting him last summer because that is the first I heard about him! As many of you now, the news is biased, they either post about who pays them more or who they like more!
My Letter to Bernie Sanders:

Dear Bernie,

Please wait until the next race and run again! Do not give up on us because we did not give up on you! In school I studied political science, which made me come to the realization of the corruption in the political sphere. You called people out for that! You changed the political arena by making people really care about what is going on in this country by putting a fire under everyone’s feet. You spoke for the minorities, the poor, and the unheard! You actually care about us, we are not just votes to you, we are all individual voices, who you want to be heard. You taught us to not sit back and be quiet like the status quo! You reminded us to love everyone, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation!  You reminded us how we are all equal. You called out our government for letting the huge cooperations, wall street, and big banks being the core of corruption in this country. I know you would be different, I know you wouldn’t let people lobby you into doing bad things. You proved you wouldn’t let anyone’s money persuade you! You could be a real father for our nation! You showed proof that there is a chance for political reform in this country! 

I hope people realize that a vote for Trump would still be a vote for racism, a vote for the anti-semitism your own family faced! Oh Bernie, I hope people do not vote for trump! I hope our nation is smarter than that! I know Hilary is not the best either but she is better than that misogynist orange man! I just hope that you do not lose hope and you run for the next election because I know we will still need you after this election and we will need you during this next four years too. You are the only hope we have right now in this country!  I have no idea if you will read this but I hope so! Please know, we still are here for you and are in support of you! So, Bernie Sanders for president in 2020?

We love you, Bernie! 

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Banning the Burkini Will Lead to Radicalization

Muslim People are in a bad position in France. The French government thinks that dressing modest is what makes people radical. The only thing making people radical are when they are oppressed and treated like crap. So why do they keep oppressing Muslims when oppressing is what leads to radicalization? It seems like the people in France’s government are uneducated about Islam and are ignorant.

Don’t say if they don’t like it they can go home! Many of Muslims were born in western countries when other ones are from countries that were destroyed by wars that that western countries were also a part of. If you are going to destroy someone’s home and country. Don’t expect them to stay there, rot, and die! That’s inhumane. 

Maybe France seems to be scared of reverse Culturalization?

Reverse Culturization is a idea I came up with. It’s when a nation state is having a higher amount of people coming to your country with a different culture or religion and the state is worried those people will change the state with their culture or religion.

Banning the Burkini is the Wrong thing to do!

First and foremost, woman wear the scarf and dress modest for God and their religion not because of culture. Believe it are not, Muslims will not throw their religion on you, especially if you let them practice freely. They literally want to adapt in everyday to the western culture but they still want to be able practice their religion. Maybe people think Muslims are throwing their religion on others because they practice it. People in the west can defame someone of their culture all they want but religion is often something you can’t take away. When you continually try to change or oppress someone, it will only bite you in the butt. You can pry ad pry but eventually, something bad will happen. The Italian minister even says banning the burkini is only provoking terrorism.

You can still live in a western society and still dress modest. You oppress someone when you don’t let them dress a certain way.

So now people come to your country seeking refuge and you try to be little them. If you want to be open to taking people into your country. You need to be somewhat open minded. Dressing modest is part of any Abrahamic religion. I feel bad for the other woman in the west who feel subjugated to think they have to dress half naked when they go to the beach or even walk around in public. If a woman is happy being in a bikini let her do it, if a woman is happy dressed in a Burkini let her do it. Letting someone dress modest will not harm anyone, I don’t understand how people don’t understand that.

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