Editorial Note – December 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Asfar e-journal, a collection of works celebrating diversity, cross-cultural knowledge, and a celebration of commonalities over differences. I write this post on the one hundredth anniversary of the armistice of World War One, the calamity that took millions of lives and created the conditions for the rise of … Continued

“To the Republic” A poem by Neta Leigh

TO THE REPUBLIC   I’ll don a hejab If you let me drink from Pahlavi’s water wells Build castles in your sand dunes And inscribe Rumi’s verses upon your minarets   I’ll pardon you for your executions If you resurrect the king and queen   I’ll convince your enemies to love you If you fill … Continued

The Children of Yemen: The World’s Mass Atrocity

As thousands of children starve in Yemen, it seems as if the world has selected to ignore their suffering. (Photo credit: The Guardian) Visiting Yemen in late November,  World Food Program’s Managing Director David Beasley came away with the following summary of what he saw: “Yemen is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, … Continued

Hate Crimes: More Than Acts of Violence, Acts of Ignorance

These tombstone was desecrated with pro-Nazi graffiti outside of Eastern France . (Photo credit: Haaretz.com)   After years in education without a specific path in mind, I found myself compelled to devote my life to the Holocaust and genocide studies in an effort to celebrate resistance over submission, courage over cowardice, and humanity over barbarity. … Continued

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