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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Fade

Fade
By Mariam Shoaib, Pakistan
I could turn up the volume on the news,
but there are bills to pay.
Grasping for the car keys,
the anchor repeats the alert.
News keeps  breaking,
breaking new  records of  domestic terrror and
drone-aided calamities.
Quick glance, is it Peshawer, or Karachi?
If I wait any longer,
the banks will close,
who can bear late charges in this economy?
I could slow down my car at the chowk,
weaving around the men,
women,
children protesting,
asking “What are you demanding today?’
But I have been in line for over 3 hrs,
and  still need my job,
so in the rearview signboards and chants,
like numerous …

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[12 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Every Friday in Jerusalem

Every Friday in Jerusalem
By Nora Lester Murad
 
On Fridays,
I feel rested
you feel anxious
I make pancakes
you cut onions
I fold laundry
You tie kafiyehs
I read email
You read danger
I buy fish
You buy time
I contemplate you
you contemplate them
Then,
tear gas stings
shots ring
I cringe
you bleed
I write
***
Nora Lester Murad, PhD, writes fiction and commentary from Jerusalem, Palestine. Her blog, “The View from My Window in Palestine” addresses issues of international development and life under military occupation She is a life-long social justice activist and a founder of Dalia Association, Palestine’s first community foundation. She tweets from @NoraInPalestine.
More by Nora …

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[11 Apr 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Muslim Angel: A Poem

Muslim Angel: A Poem
By 2Deep the Poetess
 
Rush Hour
Dim light
The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by
Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency
Conformed to public transportation etiquette
Confined
Blending
Silenced
Until
Muslim angel,
Because such a thing exists,
Dressed in full, all white garb
Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,
Magnifying her faith 10 times over,
Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance
Previous attempts brushed off by head turns
Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her
Popping like bullets of insults
As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face
As if to say, “Look at what we can do …

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[5 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Curator Samina Ali about the vision and inspiration behind the new International Museum of Women exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices. Her answers are below.
I was excited to hear about the Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices by the International Museum of Women! Can you share with our readers your role in this exhibition?
I’m the curator for the Muslima exhibition, which launched on March 8th and will be live until the end of December 2013. So for nine months, the exhibition will be …