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 Dean Obeidallah
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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 Dean Obeidallah
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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 Dean Obeidallah
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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 Dean Obeidallah
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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…

When Bigotry Comes to Your Hometown

12 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 11, 2014 Typically, there isn’t a large police presence at a land-use hearing. But Wednesday night’s hearing was different. There was a palpable sense of concern by law enforcement. Why? Because Wednesday night, the board was deciding whether to approve the application of Muslims to convert an old church into a mosque. The little town of Midland Park is a middle-class suburb of New York City, just north of my hometown…

Obama Should Sue John Boehner

08 July 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 8, 2014 President Obama has really pissed off John Boehner this time. The Speaker’s orange face must have turned red, because he was so irate that he sat down—or at least a member of his staff did—and penned a 570-word diatribe published on Monday telling us why he must now spend our taxpayer dollars to sue Obama. Did Boehner gave any specific reasons why he needed to employ the extraordinary remedy of…

Time for Dick Cheney to Take a Lie Detector Test!

19 June 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah June 19, 2014 Dick Cheney is back! On Wednesday an op-ed he co-wrote was featured in The Wall Street Journal, he appeared on Fox News and even released a YouTube video attacking Obama for his alleged failures in Iraq. But I just don't get it. Why would Cheney reinsert himself into politics and even more astouding is why, of all things, would he ever discuss the Iraq war? Cheney had gotten away…

WARNING: These Rap Lyrics Could Put You in Jail

07 March 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah March 7, 2014 “Anything you say can be used against you in the court of law.” These famous words are, of course, part of the Miranda warnings read by the police to suspects after being arrested. But this warning apparently needs to be updated to advise people that not only will anything you say, but also any rap lyrics you write can be used against you, even if they were penned years…
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