So I won a $10,000 scholarship from the journalism school that more than covers this year’s tuition. Which is great, because it means I don’t have to take out any loans this year, and I can focus on paying off last year’s federal loans before interest starts kicking in.

But today, as I was scheduling my work study hours, I checked on my financial aid package again and realized that by winning that scholarship, I lost my work study award. I no longer qualify for the program, apparently.

There goes $2,000, I guess.

I don’t even know what I’m supposed to do now.


Do people realize that the last time PTV went blank was in 1999 when the dictatorship began. Do you PAT and PTI fan boys and girls realize this. What is essentially taking place right now is a privatized military coup d’état. This is not the “democracy” or “revolution” you’re going to enjoy. Is everyone collectively blind.

Tried to make a post suggesting this but I think it was too subtle because the 14-year-old brown kids reblogging everything with the words “Pakistan” and “change” caught hold of it.


The Container and the Contained (2011) | Pakistani Artist Aisha Khalid

Bullet points.

A few thoughts on Pakistan. And believe me, this is as much for me as it for you. More so, in fact.




All moved in. Mangoes make a dorm a home.


Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Lecture: Moral Response to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

If you’re around Baltimore this week, please try to attend this public lecture on morality and policy Thursday.

Dr. Faheem Younus –– a Huffington Post commentator and frequent guest on Fox, Hannity Radio and more, and a senior fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics –– will deliver a lecture on the moral response to the crisis in Gaza.
It will take place Sept. 4, 2014 from 2-3:30 p.m.

University of Baltimore
Thumel Business Center Auditiorium
Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics
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Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, famous for its countless book stalls.