Attorney General Jeff Sessions paid a visit to Philadelphia late last month, with a special message from the president: the City of Brotherly Love should think twice before proclaiming itself a City of Sanctuary.
From Yemen to Brooklyn, a Muslim girl grows into a tattooed feminist who's not shy about showing her skin--or flaunting her faith. And her heritage fuses as perfectly with her self-expression as her ink does to her skin. It's her way of being radical, and her way of exerting supreme self-control.
The children of Syria's civil war take the war with them. Some escape, barely, into hostile neighboring lands. Others remain trapped in the warzone. None are safe. The White House, meanwhile, has sought to ban refugees from Syria and several other Muslim-majority countries, "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” in the words of President Trump.
Months before the United States got its Trumpeting wake-up call to a new authoritarian regime, Moustafa Bayoumi was anticipating the election outcome with a characteristic mix of terror and laughter. The New York-based Muslim American writer and academic had long warned that now-President Donald Trump represented something more than just a bigoted buffoon. But now that President Trump is rolling out his agenda, Bayoumi has no time for schadenfreude.
It’s fun to make things, especially when you’re making something beautiful. And especially when you’re making change. And god knows the political stage could use a change of scene. For everyone, these days have been a time of seeing and believing, and understanding that you maybe misunderstood the America you were living in all this time.