Dima Ansari

Dima Ansari
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Dima graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors in English and a concentration in Media, Rhetorical, and Cultural Studies in December 2011. Dima completed and presented her Senior Thesis about the interrelationship of verbal, written, and body language between a tutor and a writer at UIC’s Writing Center.

Israel’s Ethiopian Jews: A community not “Jewish” enough

In January, the state of Israel admitted that it had been administering birth control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrant women without their consent or their knowledge. “The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynecologists to stop administering the drugs,” reported The Independent.  The women were injected with the contraceptive, Depo Provera,...

You can’t possibly deny the existence of Islamophobia, Mr. Schanzer

According to Jonathan Schanzer, in his review of Nathan Lean’s book, The Islamophobia Industry:  How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims, “Islamophobia is simply a pejorative neologism designed to warn people away from criticizing any aspect of Islam.” This is absolutely incorrect.  Islamophobia has nothing to do with deterring people from criticizing Islam.  Instead, it describes the irrational fear of...

Palestine: A “state” with no real standing

On November 29, Palestinians in the West Bank took to the streets to celebrate the birth of a Palestinian “state.”  With people dancing, flags flying high, and music blaring in the background, Al Jazeera reporters were barely discernible over the noise as they reported the events on the ground.  You couldn’t find a more patriotic or euphoric moment it...

The Dershowitz tactic: Ignoring reality

Professor Dershowitz, I read your recent article regarding the recent flare up between Israel and Hamas. The tone, language, and overall argument are not only misplaced, but lack contextualization. Therefore, either you purposefully and willfully ignored history, or you just don’t know it. You stated that “In order to maximize their own civilian casualties, and thereby earn the sympathy of...

The media’s Israeli-Palestinian fable

In light of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, major news networks like BBC and the New York Times have really outdone themselves in trying to report the “truth” of the events as they unraveled--that is, if you consider a grossly incomplete narrative to be the “truth.” They made sure to report on the number of rockets fired at...

Three’s a crowd: How the media ignored third party candidates

Upon watching the presidential debates between only President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, viewers had almost no way of knowing that there were other presidential candidates on the ballot until they actually got to the polls on November 6. Why?  Because the “third party” presidential nominees were not even invited to participate in any of the three Obama-Romney-only debates. This...

“Muslim rage”: Does it really live up to its hype?

The Sep. 24 Newsweek cover image with the title “Muslim Rage” and the article associated with it by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is bigoted and stereotypical of Islam and Muslims, bringing to question Newsweek’s journalistic integrity. Shown pulling and tearing at one other, Muslim men with beards and turbans look like they are in a fit of violent “rage.” One of...

Bashar Al-Assad: The Denial of a Dictator

Bashar Al-Assad sounds like someone who is running out of excuses. In a December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters, Assad’s calm exterior reflected not his discomfort about the probing questions he was being asked, but that he is a very capable liar—or that he lives in his own fantasy world. Foreign media outlets are currently barred from entering Syria.  However,...

Steve Huntley misrepresents the facts on Palestine / Israel

The Dec. 27th opinion piece, “Palestinian state would expel Jews,” by Steve Huntley, dismisses key facts and resorts to illogical arguments. Huntley argues that the formation of a Palestinian state would lead to the expulsion of the Jewish residents in the West Bank. Not only does Huntley attempt to support this claim by citing two unofficial representatives of the...

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