Opinion

Aya’s Miracle: finding refuge in Switzerland

Aya’s Miracle: finding refuge in Switzerland

Aya: a name that, in Arabic, means “miracle.” For 23-year-old Aya Abdullah, her name is a parallel for her life story. Going through unimaginable traumas as a young child and only later getting the chance to live her dreams, Abdullah has endured more in her life than...

The global trend towards independence

The global trend towards independence

Waves of revolution tend to undulate over the course of history. In the late 1990's to early 2000's, the "Pink Tide" swept across Latin America. The Arab Spring developed across the Middle East and North Africa beginning in 2010. In 2017, another current of change is...

An Iraqi-American story

An Iraqi-American story

On the streets of Portland, Ore.’s city center, Ranya Muttaleb is an unassuming presence, a seemingly ordinary girl often dressed in skinny jeans, a plain shirt, and colorful hijabs that framed the ovalness of her face. If you talked to her, she was unfailingly gentle...