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Losing faith

The Caravan, February 1, 2012 When I put my silver digital recorder on the table, Kidane Isaac, an Eritrean refugee, eyes it and shifts in his chair. He angles his broken straw fedora downwards, tipping the rim lower, as though to cover his face. The hat, which has a black band and a hole in the …

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My mom joined Twitter and it brought us closer

Slate, January 4, 2012 When my mom started following me on Twitter, I felt a bit like a teenager who couldn’t get any privacy. After I tweeted a friend to say that his brother was unusually handsome, she chimed in, writing, “Ooooo, he *is* cute.” I deleted the tweet and kept it strictly professional after that. …

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Destruction of waqf: Israel’s grave offenses

Al Akhbar English, December 19, 2011 Jewish settlers torched a mosque near Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on December 15. Earlier that week, Jewish rightists set fire to a mosque in Jerusalem. They scrawled graffiti on the walls reading “Mohammed is a pig,” and “A good Arab is a dead Arab.” Jerusalem Mayor Nir …