What Happened to Africa

“Africa is not poor. Africa is being looted.”

The way most Westerns perceive Africa is not so new. Africa has been seen by most inhabitants of the “developed world” as a massive piece of arid land with many states, where nothing grows, where everyone’s poor and dying, where people have no understanding of urban development, of modern technologies, or of human rights.

This Africa has also been the connecting bridge between East and West, American, European, and Asian economic powers all go through Africa while they attempt to make their best deals and exploit any riches that come along the way. This is not a big piece of news. Africa has always been in the center of global chaos and global wealth, never-ending route of slave trade, of impoverishment, of incessant exploitation, of illegal mining.

Deportation

You might have heard about the current issue around the deportation of African immigrants in Israel which is currently being debated by the United Nations and the Israeli government. These immigrants who are also asylum seekers are about to be deported back to their countries of origin ,namely, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti because they do not meet the “right” characteristics that allow them to legally stay on Israeli soil.

Empowering Girls at Al-Qadisia School in Amman

 

The bright girls of Al-Qadisia School in Amman

Sweet herbal scents gently touch my face when I slowly approach the entrance door to meet with the headmaster. My colleagues and I take seats as she greets all of us one at a time and offers us warm Jordanian coffee flavoured with wild herbs and roses. She talks to us about the school, its values and principles, its activities, the different things the girls are learning and her hopes and aspirations for the future.

The Contemporary Miracle

     The United Souls of New Media

As new media presents an ever-evolving set of skills, technology, information, and processes, its construction changes so quickly that it is almost impossible to determine the nature of these information and processes, but does however, create new wide networks that didn’t exist under the old media. These networks are nothing but today’s mediated societies. They are dense, comprehensible, manipulative, and interactive. In fact, through these networks, new media platforms have removed communication barriers, created decentralized communication channels, and cleared the path for a democratic and inclusive fashion that includes people even in repressive countries.

The World Under Her Skin

                          The Resistance

Far far away, in a land you haven’t heard much about on TV, there is a woman, just like your friend, your sister, your mother, your wife, who wants to be happy and live in a world that unconditionally gives her respect, dignity, and opportunity. She wakes up every morning to the unpleasant sound of the 5 a.m. alarm. As she walks swiftly to the door, she tries to go over her entire day and remind herself of the habitual tasks that she ought to do on that dreary day.

We Are Pilgrims

WHY TAKE A SELFIE ALONE IF I’M RIGHT NEXT TO YOU?

The world has never been as connected as it is today. We defied space – and soon maybe time – and made it easier than ever to cross the borders of our countries, to travel thousands of miles away, to discover a land far away from home, and to meet people that are so different from us. This is the world we have known for decades, and it is more than possible that this will even be called rudimentary in a few decades from now.