Nasir Almasri

Nasir Almasri
Nasir is a student at the Southern Illinois University and is majoring in Political Science and History, and plans to receive his PhD in Political Science or Historical Studies. He also wants to teach and to conduct research in his field.

Op Ed: Remembering the Charleston Nine in 2025

It is the evening of Tuesday, June 17, 2025 and the humidity in Charleston, South Carolina has settled and a cool breeze is moving across the city. The atmosphere is somber and many Charlestonians are reflecting on the events of that very date ten years earlier. A white supremacist had killed nine black worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church....

Opinion: Baltimore is Not Burning, America Is

Trayvon Martin. Aiyana Stanley Jones. Michael Brown. Mariam Carey. Yvette Smith. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Rekiya Boyd. The list goes on and on. Now Freddie Gray. Another young black American dead. Another set of police explanations. Another wave of protests. Many Americans have, for far too long, turned a blind eye to the social, economic, and political issues facing Blacks in this country. Perhaps it is because we do not educate our children properly in our schools. Perhaps it is because...

Big Data or Big Brother? Census Bureau might count Arabs

The U.S. Census Bureau is considering the addition of “Middle Eastern/North African” as a race when collecting data. Would the change ultimately benefit or harm the Arab-American community?

The Kidnapped Revolution?

In July, General Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi – the strongman in Egypt at the moment – dissolved Morsi of his powers, insisting that it was the will of the people that was the reason for his removal. Since then, Egypt’s political leadership has begun to look very much like that of the old regime; the military is in control, the United...

Possibilities for US intervention in Syria remain limited

It has been over two years since the outbreak of civil war in Syria and there remains no clear end in sight. Rebels, unorganized and without sufficient military support, continue their efforts to depose Bashar al-Assad. At the same time, Iran, Russia, and now Hezbollah have increased their support for the Assad regime. Hezbollah’s involvement has recently been confirmed by...

Kerry pushes for another round of peace talks in the Middle East

Though U.S. officials are currently debating how best to arm Syrian Rebels and also deciding what course of action should be taken after North Korea’s recent proposal for high-level discussions, they are still hoping to, once again, open the door for peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis. 2004 Presidential candidate and current Secretary of State John Kerry will reportedly...

Encapuchados: Chilean extremists receive no attention

Protests continue in Santiago, Chile, where hundreds of thousands of activists have taken to the streets to protest the Chilean government. Though the country has been economically prosperous and relatively stable for many years, demonstrations have continued to signal public dissatisfaction with certain government policies. Protesters in the capital are demanding that the government address their wide range of...

Guilty until proven innocent: Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes

Israel has, once again, asserted its position as the beacon of democracy in the Middle East, promoting a policy of “guilty until proven innocent” with its Palestinian prisoners. And, once again, the United States media’s coverage of the occupying state’s policy has been anything but fair. Many Palestinian prisoners – men, women, and children – have been thrown in Israeli...

Mosque disputes in the quest for religious freedom

As the U.S. goes into its 237th year as a nation, we are reminded of the struggle for freedoms that ultimately led our Founding Fathers to declare independence. Unfortunately, the struggle to maintain those freedoms continues today, as proposals for places of worship – whose creation are protected under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act – come...

Middle East war-mongering: Round II

As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) heard the concerns of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear programme, the not-too-unfamiliar sound of war drums began to beat again, softly. It has been nearly a decade since the start of the war in Iraq, which – coupled with the war in Afghanistan and a burst of the housing...




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