Culture and Education

My Kurdish Neighbor

Like any typical Kurdish parents, mine decided they wanted to turn our American backyard into a Kurdish animal farm. My dad bought four chicks; one rooster and two rabbits, and then built a shed for them.  Unfo...

The pen is stronger than the knife

I’ve always had much faith in the expression “the pen is stronger than the knife”. Even though we all know it isn’t physically true, I believe it mentally is. A knife can kill one person, and leave hundreds in ...

A Biased History

It was Malcom X who said that “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” In order to begin, we must clear our minds from the thought’s we have been told t...

The Gift of the Diaspora

I grew up in the diaspora with a hole in my heart. I often feel a part of my identity is lost because of the distance from my birthplace, from the mountains that gave me my first breath. How about a shift from ...

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