A Shooting Star Over Baghdad
Feb17

A Shooting Star Over Baghdad

Tonight’s flight to Doha is a bit different than last night’s flight to Istanbul from Toronto. Nine out of ten passengers are men over the age of 50 and I’m one of five women. There is a lot of snoring happening compared to this morning’s cries of small children. The flight route from Istanbul to Doha is right over Baghdad and Kuwait – the Eastern side, over Iraq and Iran. Despite being an avid traveler, this thought...

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12 Tips to Travel Muslim Countries
May13

12 Tips to Travel Muslim Countries

From the moment you enter your credit card number and hit accept you are in for an adventure. Traveling to a foreign country is exciting, educational, and at times scary. Whether you choose a guided tour when you arrive, or decide to channel your inner Indiana Jones there is much to fear while being abroad; getting lost, not being able to communicate with the natives, food poisoning, and the simpler offending the natives. There is no...

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Habibi

“You married or single?” Ali asks me bluntly. I am in Iraq wearing a flak jacket and Kevlar helmet – I do not feel feminine at all. I am not surprised when I am greeted as “sir” in all my gear so his question takes me off guard. “What?” I ask. I have just introduced myself to this man. “Are you married? With husband? Or single.” He asks pointing at the gold Claddagh ring I wear on my left hand. “Oh, I’m single,” I reply and...

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Iraq blog

No matter how you feel politically about the war, right thing/wrong thing/indifferent, this commemoration speaks volumes. Put up by a peace delegation to mark the 5th anniversary of “Mission Accomplished,” it fills the entire quad at OSU. One red flag for every five Americans killed, a white flag signifies at least five Iraqis have died (the flags fill the lawn). Words cannot describe the magnitude of the feeling evoked...

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