Category Archive: Personal is the Political

El-Safarjaal (Quince) Season

In loving memory of my dear brother, Dr. Adnan Ghalib Abbasi. Story by Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim Translation by Wafa Ghnaim Brothers and sisters, it’s that time of year when quince, or el-safarjal (السفرجل), is… Continue reading

To See Life

What you want is in my blood, another kind. Weeping, I offer peace in my tears. Inflamed, vellicated and distressed by the winters breeze, I convulse and pulse to the darkness my imagination confronts.… Continue reading

A Fight to be Free

I was always taught To say Every good-bye, as though it was my last. That’s what I’ve been told. If I glance, it will give me a clue, or a hint. A long… Continue reading

First Day of the Syrian Revolution

On the eve of ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation on February 11, 2011, I found myself traveling by car from Amman, Jordan to Damascus, Syria – unknown to me that the Egyptian revolution… Continue reading

One morning, in Syria.

On March 21, 2010, I was on my way to the Damascus airport — packed up and ready to embark an obnoxiously long journey back to the United States. On the way to any airport in… Continue reading

Precious Moments

This morning, I was walking to my office in the usually noisy and crowded streets of Manhattan — le grind. Before crossing Park Avenue, I noticed a sign that was being used to… Continue reading

Only the Dynamic, Change

It is in the natural course of life that we are introduced to the force which is “change”. We learn that change is not in our control, as much as it is in our… Continue reading

The Quick and Dirty on Syrian Refugees

The Syrian Society for Humanitarian Aid and Development reported today that the number of refugees since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011 has now reached 485,449, with 76,000 missing people and… Continue reading

How to do in War Times

I have purposely avoided posting about the Syrian revolution during the last 21 months. Your thoughts are made up of different stuff than that of analyzing the U.S. foreign policy interests in the… Continue reading

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the Question of Historical Evidence

“… In this conflict, especially, the writing of history absorbs and represents ideological disputes and political developments as much as any other cultural medium. The difference is that other media or discourses do… Continue reading