“American curators are cowards when it comes to political art.” — John Halaka
His series of drawings Landscapes of Desire is currently on exhibit at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The drawings were inspired by the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine, an event which uprooted about 750,000 people (roughly 80% of the Arab inhabitants of the soon-to-be State of Israel) and left hundreds of villages and thousands of homes in ruin.
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Don’t Fly During Ramadan
A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often explain this trip as vaguely similar to the Sabbath, except we take one week of rest per year, rather than one day per week.
Our family is not Muslim, but by coincidence, this year, our trip happened to be during the last week of Ramadan.
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The Cost of IncarcerationA new Defense Department report circulating amongst US politicians indicates the staggering cost of keeping the infamous detention center at Guantanamo Bay operational.
Washington State Representative Adam Smith testified before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee that the prison has cost American taxpayers a whopping $4.7 Billion since it was opened-for-business 11 years ago.
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This clever seagull climbed into somebody’s kitchen and ate the better part their dinner before escaping. Go seagull!!
Watch what happens when a toy crocodile is introduced into a tank of very real, very living crocs! Will the toy come out unscathed or will nature’s meanest reptiles show the toy what’s what?
Also, as a special bonus, for no reason whatsoever, the theme to Beverly Hills Cop is playing in the background. Can this video get any better?