Advocacy

January 8, 2016

‘Religious Registration’: An Insult to Human Dignity and Decency

By Martin Accad Maryam was born a Muslim. Her society required her to live as a Muslim and eventually to die as a Muslim as well. Youssef was born a Christian. His society too required him to live and die as a Christian. But when they fell in love with […]
November 26, 2015

Will Our Local Pastors Lead the Fight? The Rampant Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

by Rose Khouri Two months ago I arrived at the office expecting a normal day. I ended up driving a sobbing Kenyan woman to a shelter for abused migrant workers. This young woman, terrified, crying, unable to make eye contact, is one of a quarter million guest workers – primarily […]
October 15, 2015

What is the Solution for Syrian Refugees?

by Wissam al-Saliby The Syrian refugee influx into Europe respects no borders. From the Mediterranean shores to the Arctic sea, hundreds of thousands are determined to “get in”. I have followed the journeys of many young Syrians over Facebook as they have immigrated first to Greece and then on to […]
July 30, 2015

“The World Is Yours!” A Brief Reflection on Citizenship and Stewardship

By Martin Accad Yesterday morning, I collected my daughter’s U.S. passport that needed renewal. It was accompanied by a leaflet that read on the front: “With your U.S. passport, the world is yours!” Nothing shocking on first glance; just a sense of pride and patriotism that citizens of most countries […]
July 2, 2015

Choosing Our Battles: brief reflections from the Middle East on homosexuality and the “marriage equality” controversy

By Martin Accad Normally the LGBTQ[1] issue is not one that I like to address in public. But since last week’s legalization of gay marriage at Federal level in the US, we have all been flooded by the topic, from the social media to private conversations. Whatever you say, you’re […]
April 23, 2015

Prejudice and Its Undoing: Knowing and Loving One Pair of God-Crafted Eyes at a Time

By Ashley al-Saliby How long has it been since anyone has really seen her? I can’t help but wonder her name and her story as I navigate the sidewalk parallel to the one she’s traveling, both of us with market bags in hand. I’m new here, and by “here” I […]
March 26, 2015

Retiring Tired Myths about the Modern Middle East

By Jesse Wheeler Thanks to the advent of social media, my access to Western media sources is nearly as good (perhaps even better) than it would be were I not an immigrant living in Beirut, Lebanon, just another sign of the ever shrinking world we inhabit. Yet in my readings […]
February 12, 2015

Israel, Palestine and the International Criminal Court

On January 16, 2015, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine looking into alleged crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014. Israel condemned this move. Hamas welcomed this move, even though its actions will also […]