I Found The Cure For Ebola-mania!

22 October 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 22, 2014 I hate to admit it, but I had Ebolamania.  I first noticed the symptoms a week ago.  I found myself worrying about being in large crowds for fear someone might have Ebola. I soon began to incessantly use hand sanitizer.  I even wondered if I could put some Purell on my fingers and insert them into my nose to kill germs.  (I wouldn’t recommend it!) My Ebolamania really took…

What happens when the Sperm Bank makes the WRONG Deposit?

17 October 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 17, 2014 Two lesbians and a black man walk into a sperm bank – sounds like the beginnings of a bad joke.  Unfortunately, it is the true reality for a couple in Ohio who sought to have a white baby by choosing a white male donor until the sperm bank made an irreparable error. Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon, a white couple, went to the Midwest Sperm Bank in the…

A Muslim's open letter to Bill Maher

13 October 2014 Written by Faryal Malik
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  By Faryal Malik October 13, 2014 Dear Bill (I hope you don’t mind if I call you Bill because it’s the nicest word I can use to describe you at this point): We get it. You are an aggressive atheist. You abhor religions. For you it is fashionable to be controversial. Being edgy is part of your job description. Congratulations, you are now so edgy that Bill O’Reilly of Fox News agrees with your views.…

The Islam You Don't Know

11 October 2014 Written by David Peduto
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By David Peduto  October 11, 2014 I can see where a man like Bill Maher is coming from when it comes to Islam. As he would have it, Islam is a violent religion that runs counter to all that we as Americans hold dear – freedom, justice, democracy. Of course, he is not alone in this assessment. Indeed, such a view is a majority opinion among non-Muslim Americans. It’s an opinion that, as a child…

How To Get Away With Playing a Defense Attorney: an Insider's look at How To Get Away With Murder

09 October 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 9, 2014 How To Get Away With Murder, the latest venture in Shonda Rhimes’ quest for network television domination, stars Viola Davis as Criminal Defense Attorney/Professor Annalise Keating.  As a real-life defense attorney and former prosecutor I am always curious to see how accurately the criminal justice system is portrayed in entertainment.  They usually get it wrong – and this show is no exception. Now before everyone jumps all over…

University of Chicago Students are at War!

03 October 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. October 3, 2014 There is a war going on at University of Chicago on social media. And here’s the part that should concern you: Your own freedom of speech might just be a casualty in this battle. Last week, University of Chicago students published The Hyde Park List, via Tumblr, with names of men who have allegedly committed “varying levels of gender-based violence.” This list, complete with color-coded threat levels, was…

Apple's Middle Finger to Big Brother

23 September 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. September 23, 2014 Apple recently released a new phone, a new operating system, and a new privacy policy. Apple also gave us one more thing that no one has seemed to notice: A whole new way to tell the government to stick their subpoena where the sun don’t shine.  Apple's updated privacy policy is part of its new operating system, iO8, which provides more security because of deeper encryption.  With the new…

Hey Doc, Can We Talk? Examining the Death of Joan Rivers

16 September 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. September 16, 2014 Joan Rivers’ death at 81 seemed sad yet predictable due to her age.  The story surrounding her death was oddly secreted, but now piece by piece is being slowly revealed.  And it appears the doctors involved may have made some serious mistakes. By now we all know Ms. Rivers went to the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic complaining of a sore throat and hoarse voice.  The renowned gastroenterologist, Dr. Leonard Cohen, was tasked…

Yes, Rick Perry Could End Up Doing Time

23 August 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah August 22, 2014 We finally found a political issue that unites liberals and conservatives. No, it’s not something that could benefit millions of Americans like raising the minimum wage. Instead, it’s the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for his alleged abuse of power. Who could’ve predicted that The New York Times and Brietbart.com would both label these criminal charges unjustified? Or that former Obama strategist David Axelrod would call the indictment “sketchy,” putting him on…

Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans

20 August 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah August 20, 2014 The Muslim-American community of which I’m part hasn’t been great in standing up with and for African Americans. A lack of empathy and racism are the main culprits. What makes this especially astonishing is that 30 percent of the Muslim-American population is African-American. You would think that there would be natural alliances, but that hasn’t been the case. At least not up until now. The shooting of Michael Brown…

Stop the Anti-Semitism When Talking Gaza

07 August 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah August 7, 2014 At a crowded Muslim-American event I attended Sunday in North Jersey, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, spoke about a range of issues. The audience, many of whom have supported Ellison since he was first elected in 2006, cheered many of his comments, but the biggest applause line came when Ellison said: “There’s absolutely no place for anti-Semitism in discussing Israeli policy.” And that reaction…

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

31 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 31, 2014 Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s. When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. There were just people of different faiths living together on the same small piece of land called Palestine. And to be honest, but for the…

How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering

27 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 24, 2014 When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues? Surprisingly, Stewart responded “no.”  At first, my co-director, Negin Farsad, and I thought Stewart was being unduly modest. But he was actually being sincere. Stewart went on to list…
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