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    Tweet   I. The Birthplace I was born in a small village on the bank of a small river in northern Egypt. A revered Imam was visiting the village for the annual prophet birthday festival; his name was Shick Tharwat, and that how I got my name Tharwat. They told me. My village, “Meet Swaid ” had one street, one river, one bridge, one grocery shop, one mosque, one school, one style of houses, a mud, and a windless connected covered by dry straws like an old stalled cargo train. People’s lifestyles had changed little since the time of the pharaohs, and local demographers couldn’t find any dramatic census changes…

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    Et Tu Paul!!

    TweetI calmly disagree with you, Paul!! Last week, on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tweeted to his 4.6 million followers that “Overall, Americans took 9/11 pretty calmly. Notably, there wasn’t a mass outbreak of ant-Muslim sentiment and violence, which could all too easily happen. And GW Bush was a terrible president, to his credit, he tried to calm prejudice, no feed it. “I calmly disagree with Paul, Americans attacks and hate crimes against Muslims shot to the roof, and Bush calmy invaded two Muslim countries. Paul, you need to get out of the house more often. When Mr. Krugman started writing for…

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    TweetThe Arab American community must face its own prejudices, bigotry and biases, much of these the residual effects of colonial history and pure ignorance of Arab history and culture. Arabs themselves are people of color, our heroes were blacks, our prophets were blacks, our teachers our neighbors and friends were blacks. A few summers ago, it was Friday noonish, and I was standing by the door of Holy Land Grocery in Northeast Minneapolis. The place was vibrant; people were coming and going at a fast pace. A Somali man in his ironed white khamiis was rushing out of the door carrying some grocery bags. A policeman hanging around outside seemed concerned and…


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