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1. dear apple: don't be cruel (a letter of tough love)
baby, it's just you i'm thinking of
tech - criticism
9.15.12

Dear Apple: Like billions of people worldwide, I am a fan of your products, particularly of the mobile variety. In the last decade, I've owned two iPod Nanos, one iPod Touch, and now an iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S is my first smart phone and I love it, probably just because it's a smart phone, but I can't deny it sweetens the deal that it also happens to be an iPhone--the original smart phone--in white. I'm not the only one who loves your products in my family. My brother...
2. worry if you must, but still have a cup of tea
learning to gauge my worries
general - lifestyle
6.21.12 : feature column!

I was in a cafeteria getting myself a cup of tea. I grabbed a teabag from a dispenser and dropped the teabag in the paper cup. Before I could reach my arm across to the hot water tap, a lady intercepted and proceeded to grab a teabag out of the same dispenser. I waited. She tried and tried to grab just one bag from the bottom of the stack, but couldn't. She finally threw her hands up in frustration and said “My hands don't work.” I smiled and grabbed a teabag for her. She thanked me and adde...
3. guys, i think i can take generation-y's bullies
a gen-xer's take
general - lifestyle
5.17.12 : feature column!

A friend gave me something to think about recently when she asked: “Are kids just wimps these days, or is society just that much crueler now?” We were talking about bullying and how kids these days just don't deal with adversity the same way we did, particularly when it comes to bullying. Look at all the teen suicides making the news, sometimes by kids still in the single-digit age bracket, all because of bullying. It's disturbing. As Gen-Xers, we believed in cliques, a certain social ord...
4. a story of three billboards
what the world needs now is tact and diplomacy
news - criticism
2.29.12 : feature column!

One of the most heated exchanges I've ever had with my closest friend was when she took to calling me irrational whenever I expressed an emotion she felt was unnecessary for what I was being too emotional about in her opinion. “If you call me irrational one more time, I swear to God, I will never speak to you again,” I said to her in the car in the midst of my anger that had suddenly doubled. “You're basically telling me that I'm crazy for feeling a certain way about something that is more t...
5. stop staring at my labels!
i'm over here!
humor - general
8.10.11

I have many pet peeves, but none as seriously damaging to my constitution as that of being treated as a novelty when I first meet someone. I am treated as a novelty often enough that I've started to weed people out of my life by that criteria, because there's a difference between being curious and forgetting that I'm a person who needs to be primed and prepped before you assault me with your questions about why I don't drink alcohol or eat pork, or if Reem is my real name or if it's short fo...
6. of mothers and monsters
why casey anthony is most definitely guilty
news - general
7.3.11

My niece almost crawled off the dining room table the other day. I was in charge of watching her while my sister-in-law did stuff around the kitchen. Had I not run to catch her leg just in time to prevent her from having a head-on collision with the floor, I think I would be writing a very different column than I am at the moment. Nonetheless, the incident left me quite shaken. I was yelled at by my sister-in-law, which made that sick feeling I felt inside an infinite amount of times wors...
7. illegal immigrant with a pulitzer prize
something's wrong with this picture
news - criticism
6.29.11 : feature column!

I am livid. I'm livid, because there is such a thing as a Pulitzer Prize-winning illegal immigrant. I'm livid, because my Twitter feed is filled with words like "brave," "courageous" and "compelling," when referring to the story of a person who I see as nothing but a lucky conman. I am not tackling the explosive issue of immigration here, I am tackling the issue of just handing out adjectives like "brave" and "courageous," and forgetting the essence of their meaning. Brave and courageous ...
8. thank you, bacon!
it's about happiness
general - lifestyle
5.12.11 : feature column!

I’ve just had an epiphany. This epiphany was reached through a series of silly discoveries and questions, and a few strips of turkey bacon. I don’t normally introduce myself by saying “Hi, I’m Reem. My favorite color is green and I’m Muslim," but this is relevant here, because Muslims, like Jews, are prohibited from eating bacon or any kind of pork product. Some Muslims do not follow the pork-free rule, but I belong to the group who already feel inadequate in their Muslimness enough that the...
9. the new york times paywall
i can infiltrate it with my pinky
news - criticism
3.28.11 : feature column!

In an attempt to stay alive in the age of dying newspapers, The New York Times has finally announced that it will sort of begin charging readers to view its content online. With such a move, the newspaper follows in the footsteps of The Wall Street Journal and my hometown newspaper, The Denver Post, among others. Notice I inserted “sort of charging.” This baby step by The Times and all those before it, is nothing more than a bit of finger wagging by a parent who is in desperate need of Super...
10. the mistake that rained on egypt's parade
did you bring your umbrella?
news - criticism
2.24.11 : feature column!

With revolution fever sweeping across the Arab world, stretching from the west end of the region to the Persian Gulf, all eyes are on the Middle East, and for once, at least since 9/11 if not further back in history than that, Arabs are something other than terrorists in the eyes of the west. As an Arab myself, I am happy to see western media, particularly the American kind, fix their attention on the ever-inflamed region for something positive and I daresay inspiring for a change. I have bee...
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RAVES

re: illegal immigrant with a pulitzer prize

Bold take on a divisive issue, and not one I've read elsewhere. Bravo, and bless you for understanding the importance of the law - something so many people see as just something to get around.

re: it is the world cup that binds us

I really enjoyed reading your article. I am also an American and part Arabic. My grandfather was senator of Lebanon for 20 years. I think it is sad that so many Americans do not have a clue about such issues that you brought out. I do not want this to come out wrong but most of Americans have forgot what made this country great and are laying in the lap of Delilah.

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

This was so damn good!

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

I love that you wrote this.

re: their is two much bad spelling four me too bare

Awesome and bold.

re: the awkward ref

Interesting take on this mess.

re: you are so beautiful...

Great!

re: you are so beautiful...

Great article. Way to encapsulate what we all go through. I never thought it would affect me so much either, but here I am.... Thanks for giving a voice.

re: china

Some things need to be said even if they aren't any fun.

re: a one-sided struggle

One of our great American achievements is screwing up anything have to do with another culture. Didn't you know that?

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