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Arab Women (Part II): The Literary Pioneers

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After creating #NotYourNarrative, a Twitter-based discussion?centered?around the mainstream media’s usurpation of native voices, with?Rania Khalek, a hashtag which amassed more than 6,000 tweets in less than a single day, I found it essential to provide a list of Arab women writers and their contributions. While compiling a list I found that Nahla Hanno, creator of Arab Women Writers, has already organized a brilliant collection aimed at ‘celebrating and recognizing Arab women writers, and promoting awareness of the breadth of their contributions to Arab and world culture.’

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PhotoJournal And Update From Lebanon

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Greetings from the intensely hot and humid Lebanon; a longer update is forthcoming, but for now here are a slew of photographs I took during while in my native south Lebanon and in el Dahye, the southern district of Beirut:

Memorial for martyrs of 2006 ‘July War’
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Palestine’s Own ‘Liberation Day’ Is Coming

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As seen on the Electronic Intifada

There is a fire burning beneath the ashes of occupation in Palestine; these are the flickering embers of resilience which have long advanced the people?s struggle for national liberation, and in Palestine they continue to rage.

The historical narrative of Palestinian resistance is one shared by all subjugated and indigenous peoples ? it is a chronicle of an indomitable human will to endure, to break the fetters of both mental and physical bondage. In Palestine, the occupation and its consequences are tangible, harrowing and intentionally humiliating: collective transfers, exploitation of natural resources,?checkpoints, acts of random?settler violence,?home demolitions, the intentional burning of crops and a policy of colonization which has caused the Palestinians to become the oldest and largest refugee population in the world.

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