Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush

This post was inspired by a particular exchange with a friend online, but is intended for every one of my friends who is tempted to respond to the violence in Paris by blocking all Syrian refugees from coming to the US, screening immigrants by religion, or painting all Muslims with the same brush. Dear Friend, We recently had aContinue reading “Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush”

Why Every Environmentalist Should Study Abroad

This article originally appeared at http://www.blog.greenlinktufts.com. As you look over GreenLink, this new website with a unique mix of offerings, you may wonder why we have built a site with a major section that focuses on study abroad programs related to the environment. Why study the environment abroad? It’s a good question. Most students whoContinue reading “Why Every Environmentalist Should Study Abroad”

Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era

In March of this year, when Congressman Peter King (R-NY) held hearings about the professed increasing “radicalization of Muslim-Americans”, I was living in the West Bank. I first heard about the hearings through Al Jazeera’s English TV program. An Al Jazeera correspondent interviewed a woman who said that she is afraid of radical Islam, andContinue reading “Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era”

Biogas: Bringing Small-Scale Renewable Energy to Rural Palestine

As our 12 American friends boarded a flight from Amman back to Boston, Ezra and I turned toward the West Bank, ready to implement the planned final stage of our journey. We had spent the last 11 weeks on a whirlwind travel study tour that brought us through Israel, Palestine, and Jordan studying peace andContinue reading “Biogas: Bringing Small-Scale Renewable Energy to Rural Palestine”