Top 5 TV Shows During Ramadan!


Marhaba! Apart from the prayer, fasting, and self-reflection that this holy month brings, Ramadan is also known in Muslim-majority countries and specifically the Arab world as the month of top-rated television shows (برامج تلفزيونية)! As families and friends gather for the evening Iftar (إفطار), they huddle in front of their television sets to follow the lives and stories of their favorite TV characters or participate in TV gameshows. While each year new shows are introduced on Read more [...]

The US Presidential Election


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard a lot about the upcoming presidential election in the US. For many, the process is confusing and overwhelming. To help you understand how the country elects its top leader, here’s a quick glance at the US presidential election. The Parties The symbols of the two major parties. Image by DonkeyHotey from flickr.com. When the Constitution was signed back in 1787, there were no political parties in the United States. Read more [...]

Donald Trump and the Crying Baby: The Real Story


Donald Trump and the Crying Baby: The Real Story It’s all over the news: the Republican candidate for the presidency, Donald J. Trump, hates babies. Even this morning’s edition of Ricochet’s Daily Shot newsletter trumpeted the disinformation campaign being waged against Trump: Donald Trump has been having … a rough week. (Pro-tip: Candidates are supposed to kiss babies, not feud with them.) If you’d like to hear from an eyewitness to this event, who reports a very different story about Read more [...]

Film Review: Jason Bourne


  Executives at Universal found out the hard way that audiences will only accept one man as Jason Bourne. That man is not Jeremy Renner, but Matt Damon. After the mixed response of “The Bourne Legacy,” the studio has brought back Damon to reprise his most famous role. All is right in the world in the eyes of Bourne fans. Also returning is Paul Greengrass, who regains the director’s chair and co-wrote the screenplay alongside Christopher Rouse. The shaky cam returns with him and I’m reminded Read more [...]

Trollopes Melmotte Anticipates Trump


Augustus Melmotte from “The Way We Live Now” Thursday I have been an Anthony Trollope fan for some years now, but he surpassed even my expectations with The Way We Live Now (1875), which I’ve just finished. More of a pure social satire than his other novels, to me it compares favorably with Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. It is also very timely because there is a Donald Trump figure at the heart of it. Augustus Melmotte is a shady financier, always making deals and succeeding through sheer audacity. Read more [...]

Amid Brexit anxieties, Trudeau and Pea Nieto miss the mark


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP) Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, two of the more glamorous, noticeably non-greying elected leaders on the world stage today, are not used to having trouble holding the gaze of a roomful of cameras. Yet as the two fit and photogenic leaders stood side by side at podiums in the ornate Read more [...]

I Was Wrong about Trump


There’s been a change in how I see Donald Trump. A few months ago, I saw him as an accomplished actor, able to pick what role to play for the occasion– such as to become the dominant figure in the race for the Republican nomination. I believed he had understood how he could tap into the passions simmering in a large part of the Republican base and ride those passions to power. If those Republican voters were feeling angry, he could give voice to that anger, belligerently picking fights with Read more [...]