Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

The bass pounded from the speakers, but the crowd sat idly by.  Amir, an amateur Kurdish rapper, struggled to beat out his raps, completely failing to move the crowd.  He left the stage in Azadi Park frustrated.  Amir saw many challenges facing the hip-hop scene in Sleimiani, quoting Tupac, his foremost  hip-hop influence: “I see… Read More Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

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The Black Lips Bring Rock and Roll to Mesopotamia by J. Levkowitz

On Saturday, September 29th, the Black Lips walked onto the stage of a small college in Erbil, Iraq. This show was a detour from their greater Middle East tour in Cairo, Amman, Dubai, and Lebanon. Had the band members not already purchased tickets to northern Iraq during the summer, the show might not have happened… Read More The Black Lips Bring Rock and Roll to Mesopotamia by J. Levkowitz

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How Not to Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders by J. Levowitz

This past week has been one of my busiest in a while. Hours spent on creating lesson plans. Daily workshops on managing the classroom.  Hundreds of new names to remember before school starts.  On top of this all, I was asked to design the welcoming board outside my second grade classroom.  Never working well under… Read More How Not to Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders by J. Levowitz

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Israel’s other race problem

At the turn of the twentieth century, Europeans started to immigrate in greater number to the United States, facing mortal dangers on their transatlantic journeys.  The American government eventually reacted with the Immigration Act of 1924 in order to restrict southern and eastern Europeans from entering the country.  Israel today is facing similar problems with migrants, most notably from… Read More Israel’s other race problem

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