October 21st, 20160
DEARBORN — To this day, some parents in the Arab American community consider mental illness taboo and regard signs in children as part of a "phase" that will pass.
But what if it doesn't?
The consequences of parents not checking up on their child's behavior, emotions and reasoning when they notice something unusual can cause much...
October 14th, 20160
Makhoul's daughter reading "The Girl Who Lost Her Imagination"
NEW YORK — Wars and violence in the Middle East have caused the birth of numerous babies in the diaspora, which, in turn, drastically decreases the number of Arabic-speaking children.
Many Arab parents in America have a hard time teaching their children...
October 14th, 20160
Sheikh Ibrahim Yassine.
DEARBORN — Sheikh Ibrahim Yassine spoke about the Ashura procession and discussed some of the bystanders' negative perceptions.
Some people disagree with the procession and believe it gives the community a bad image every year because of the flags and latmiyat which they think are a form of...
October 14th, 20160
DEARBORN — On Sunday, October 9, thousands of mostly Shi'a Muslims— carrying flags and signs against oppression of all sorts—chanted with their right fists high in the air in support of Imam Hussain (the Prophet Muhammad's grandson) and his fight for justice.
The fourth annual Ashura procession, "March for Justice"— organized...
October 7th, 20160DEARBORN — The Arab American Civil Rights League recently honored Khizr Khan and Rev. George Shalhoub of Livonia's Basilica of St. Mary at its fifth annual Fight for Justice gala. The event took place Sept. 29 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.
Amr Moussa, former Secretary General of the Arab League and Egypt's former...
October 7th, 20161
Some of last year's Ashura Procession banners
DEARBORN — With social, political and economic injustices devastating nations worldwide, Imam Hussain's fight for justice almost 1,400 years ago is stimulating humanity and reform in the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike every year.
Muharram, the first month of the...
September 30th, 20161
Screening at the Montclair Film Festival. (L-R): Mohamed Alsiadi, Halimah Mahmoud, Sohyla Sayedahmed, Hamna Saleem, Dina Sayedahmed, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Julie Winokur, Tim Raphael, Marisol Conde-Hernandez, Sahar Sayedahmed.
NEWARK — At a time when Islamophobia is on the rise, young Muslim Americans, especially...
September 16th, 20160
DEARBORN — Even though Arab Americans live far from the wars and terror happening in the Middle East, most are consumed by the thought of losing loved ones or have experienced terror firsthand.
Whether their Arab nationality is Iraqi, Palestinian, Syrian, Yemeni or Lebanese, they all share similar experiences of war and persevere in...
September 2nd, 20160
Iraqi boy grilling fish - Photo by Salwan Georges.
DETROIT — Over the years, wars and abysmal living conditions in Middle Eastern countries have displaced 60 million people from their homes.
The refugees' struggles to get to Western countries and start over is documented regularly in photographs and videos in hopes...
August 26th, 20160
Rachelle (c) at her high school's PCRF gala.
DEARBORN — Arab Americans living thousands of miles away from their relatives and culture are instilled with love and reverence for Palestine from a young age, whatever their Arab nationality is.
While visiting relatives back home, many eventually understand what happens...
July 21st, 20160
Photo by Laurie Tennent Photography.
SOUTHFIELD — Children grow up to realize their parents' worrisome nature is an instinct once they have to raise and protect their own.
When they are young, it is quite difficult to understand, especially if they suffer from diseases like cancer, asthma, diabetes, autoimmune...
June 3rd, 20160
Maliha Rafiq with her students.
DEARBORN — At this time of year, many female college students in Dearborn contemplate the option of studying or working abroad.
But in most cases, the deciding factor comes down to the parents.
The first question parents ask their daughters is "Why?", followed by statements like, "A...
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