Amira Asad

Stuff

This Palestinian Artist Embroiders Images of Syrian Gore and Violence

Majd Abdel Hamid's hand-stitched images of Syrians killed in the conflict are somehow more horrifying and real because they are abstract.
Amira Asad
1.10.16
Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby...On Acid!

Between the rain on the LSD, it turns out the Derby isn't all that decadent and depraved.
Amira Asad
5.6.13
Sports

The Kentucky Derby... On Acid!

We could barely catch a glimpse of the horses as they pounded past on the wet earth. She had this terrifyingly blank look on her face, and she said, “The ground was shaking underneath me... so this little courtyard here suddenly became the ocean, and I...
Amira Asad
5.6.13
The Grievous Sins Issue

One Young Druze vs. the Entire Israeli Military

Every able-bodied Israeli has to serve in the military when they turn 18. Exceptions are made for Arab citizens and ultra–Orthodox Jews, but not for the country’s 125,000 Druze, an Arabic-speaking ethnic and religious minority that is primarily based...
Amira Asad
4.9.13
News

The Egyptian Feminist Who Was Kidnapped for Posing Nude

Aliaa Elmahdy, the founder of an Egyptian branch of the radical feminist protest organization Femen, has posed naked online, protested naked against Sharia law, and encouraged other Egyptian women to defy their male-dominated society. This has gotten...
Amira Asad
2.14.13
The Imposters Issue

A Poem Leads to a Life Sentence in Qatar

The Arab Spring has faded from headlines, but that doesn't mean governments have ceased oppressing their people. Case in point: Mohammed al-Ajami was just sentenced to life in prison in Qatar after reading a poem aloud at his house to a group of...
Amira Asad
1.25.13
News

What Are the Protesters in New York Saying About Gaza?

Last night, I went to the Israeli consulate in New York City to attend a pro-Palestine rally. Chants of “Israel wants peace, Hamas wants terror!” and “Free, Free, Palestine!” echoed throughout the night, and I asked those on both sides what they were...
Amira Asad
11.16.12
Stuff

Can Digital Drugs Get You High?

Binaural beats, which are called "digital drugs" by squares, are audio tracks that are purportedly capable of getting you high.
Amira Asad
11.8.12