This Is What It Feels Like To Be Stateless


My listserve submission coincided with the departure of a great man, the late Garry Davis. HuffPost Live reached out to me to be part of their segment on Garry’s work titled “Borderless World”. Garry was a Continue reading

Stateless Mojo


Hi, my name is Mojo and I do not have a country.

I hold an Eritrean passport like my father,

but I have never even been to Eritrea.

The country is unsafe.

I am Saudi born and raised, but I cannot live in Saudi.

The country does not grant citizenship or residency rights by birth.

I lost my temporary Saudi residency while in the US

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What is worse: to be called a Nigga or a Slave?


A video of NYPD stop-and-frisk program harassing people on the streets got me thinking about this question. It made me realize I don’t know what it is like to be black in America. I am black in Arabia and it is a completely different thing. So I ask: which is “better”, to be feared and faced with aggression or to be treated as inferior? Continue reading

Stuck on My Elevator: Ramadan Edition


I was planning to publish a post I had been working on today, but I ended up stuck in an old elevator for near an hour with my father. It was pressuring considering I have asthma, my Dad has a heart condition and the elevator was not airconditioned. It was after a long day of fasting too. Finally, Continue reading