West Bank mosque attacked by arsonists

Nearby Israeli settlers suspected By Ryan Ariel Simon Vandals torched the mosque in the Palestinian village of al Mughayyir early Tuesday morning, leaving Hebrew graffiti on an exterior wall, and burned prayer rugs inside. The attackers entered through a screen on a street level window, according to the mosque’s Imam. They then rolled a tire … Continue reading

Live from Zurich

By Ryan Ariel Simon “Mooooooo.” Animal sounds blare over the loudspeaker as Zurich welcomes you to the main terminal, rain pattering on the ground, monkeys and tropical birds chirping away as you enter the rainforest. Or at least that’s what it sounds like, as the tram pulls in, bidding adieu in three languages, first that … Continue reading

Chag Shavuot Sameach, and welcome to my Israel Live Blog

Hello world, welcome to my newest blog. I decided to start this to document my travels this summer, and provide a place to upload my work and journal from the course “Covering Conflict in Jerusalem” through George Mason University’s Center for World Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution. It is led by various Middle East (mostly … Continue reading

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Generation Y

An English translation of Yoani Sánchez's blog Generación Y, from Havana, Cuba