Review: Refugee Hotel

Review: Refugee Hotel

On the cover of Refugee Hotel, a Burmese family lodged in a California hotel peers over the edge of a bathtub, gazing at it as though they’d never seen one before. It’s one of many fascinating images from this collaboration between photographer Gabriele...

Iraq’s Starving Artists

Syria hosts the largest number of Iraqi refugees who have fled their home since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Estimates as to how many refugees are huddled in Syria vary, but most organizations estimate that roughly 1.2-1.5 million Iraqis have staked a temporary claim...
Worst Fears May be Realized In Iraq

Worst Fears May be Realized In Iraq

In December, 2002, the talk of our holiday gathering was the looming possibility of the invasion of Iraq. The conversation was not just political — it was personal. For one of us, born in Baghdad, the faces of those back home were imagined and fears for their...

The Ab-surge-ity of it All

“We’re winning the war in Iraq,” declared Fox News cackler Sean Hannity. “Wait a second,” we said. “On May 1, 2003, Bush declared victory aboard the USS Lincoln — ‘Mission Accomplished.’ We won, but now we’re...

To the Chicago City Council, a Resolution Opposing War on Iran

I’d like to thank the City Council of Chicago today for their time and consideration of this important resolution. I am Farrah Hassen, Carol and Ed Newman Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. I speak as an Arab and Muslim American who has family in the...