Author Archives: Tammy Mehdi

Nasrallah’s Public Diplomacy

A few days ago, tens of thousands of people gathered in Beirut, Lebanon, for a rare public appearance by Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, who has made a conscious effort to stay out of the limelight since the Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006. Clad in green and yellow, the colors of Hezbollah, supporters cheered as Nasrallah called for the continued protests against the Youtube film, Innocence of Muslims, “[for] as long as there’s blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our prophet.” Continue reading

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‘sup Diplomacy? World Edition: Tammy in Turkey

So for several years, I’ve been trying to come up with a reason to visit Turkey. Although I grew up only a four-hour plane ride south-east of Istanbul, it never occurred to me to just hop on over to just enjoy the scorching sun, cool breeze and the deep blue Bosphorus. So when I heard SU Study Abroad was offering a summer program, The Road to Democracy in the Islamic World, at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi in Istanbul, I could not pass up the opportunity to further study the Middle East and enjoy kebap and köfte at the same time. Continue reading

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Nationalism in Norway: One Year after the Oslo Massacre

Last week, Anders Behring Breivik’s trial began on charges of voluntary homicide and committing acts of terror. He gave an account of what went through his head as he set off a bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, Norway, before slipping away and gunning down teenagers on Utoya Island. In total, 77 people lost their lives on July 22, 2011… Continue reading

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Borat: Cultural Learnings at Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait

Written by Tammy Mehdi Everyone knows the 2006 spoof- film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev. This film follows Borat, a Kazakh journalist, to the U.S. as … Continue reading

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“Innocent until proven Muslim”

Written by Tammy Mehdi Over the last few weeks, the news has been littered with stories about the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance of Muslims, not only in the metropolitan area but across the North East. Over 1,000 undercover … Continue reading

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Definitions of Democracy: UAE’s alternative

Written by Tammy Mehdi I still remember November 2, 2004, as if it was yesterday, everything from the weather down to the clothes I was wearing. That day marked the end of an era – His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin … Continue reading

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