Interviews, Religion | Politics

From Al Qaeda to Atheism

Below you will find my interview with Yasmine Mohammed. Yasmine first came to my attention when I saw that many of the same people who had liked my Facebook page had also liked hers. Curious, I contacted Yasmine and heard her harrowing life story and thought that the opportunity to share her account with our […]

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Interviews, Religion | Politics

On Blasphemy Laws

Walaiha Irafat did not know why they came for her. In Pakistan, during March 2012, she was arrested for allegations of “spitting and sitting on the Koran,” and also “tearing pages and insulting Allah.” After being denied bail, Walaiha spent 43 months in prison — around 24 of those were in solitary confinement. She attempted […]

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Interviews, Religion | Politics

Gad Saad on Hysteria and “Collective Munchausen” around Donald Trump, Speaking Out as an Academic, and Evolutionary Psychology 101

“As somebody who escaped Lebanon and actually hid under desks to avoid death squads, I don’t take well to these idiots from Wellesley College who say, ‘I’m scared to go and buy my hamburgers now that Trump won,’ because it trivializes what true trauma is.” — Gad Saad Gad Saad (@GadSaad) is an outspoken social critic of the […]

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Culture | Media, Interviews

@RealPeerReview: Their Thoughts and Qualms with Academia

Run by an anonymous team of professors and academics, @RealPeerReview is a Twitter account that has steadily gained popularity and fans by exposing the humorous, nonsensical, and absurd trends in scholarship that are sometimes found in academic research. From Ph.D. theses, M.A. theses, to articles in disciplinary journals, the account highlights laughable “scholarship” such as exploring the Black Anus, how pumpkins […]

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Interviews, Religion | Politics

In the Shadow of the Kingdom

| by Andy Ngo | “Even if you change my name, I’m afraid they’ll find out who I am,” Mutab said as he attempted to calm himself by drinking his favorite Arabic tea, Alwazah, or “swan.” [Editors note: This report first appeared in the Vanguard, a student newspaper at Portland State University. You can read […]

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