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[15 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part I

Zina Bhaia
By permission from
So many lights!
I knew that America would be big, but as I looked out my Royal Jordanian Airline window at the sprawling nightscape of Chicago and the towering cityscape of its downtown, I thought, “Oh, my God, it is huge. And Lake Michigan, why do they call it a lake? It is like an ocean.” I had flown into Baghdad at night many times, and Baghdad was but a speck of light compared to this glaring city below me.
“What am I getting myself into?” I thought. …

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[25 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Freedom in the Spotlight

Vera Avalon
It took only a moment to notice that something was seriously different. Where were the strict codes that normally dominate male-female interactions here in rural Oman? Where was the paralyzing nervousness that the young women usually display when around the male students? I had never seen the girls so free-spirited!
Could the male and female students really be interacting so casually? And this from a place where the girls refuse to present to a co-ed class? Now the women were taking long, confident steps, commanding attention, and unabashedly yelling at …

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[22 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Smiling for Peace

Houda Ezra Nonoo
Her Excellency Houda Ezra Nonoo is the Ambassador from Bahrain to the USA.
I think I promote peace everywhere I go by smiling at people. It sounds simple, but it’s true.
Until I was 13 or 14 I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I gave that up to work in the family business. This current job is the height of my ambition. No other job could have so much variety. The best part of it is meeting people I would never have met otherwise, from around the world and …