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DS Centre Journalism Academy travels to refugee camp in Nizip

DS Centre Journalism Academy travels to refugee camp in Nizip

By on April 15, 2016 in Middle East with No Comments

I just had an amazing week in Turkey! My photojournalist colleague and friend, Sadaf Syed, joined me in taking part in the Daily Sabah Think Tank Spring 2016 Journalism Academy in Turkey. Look for more to come about our incredible experience and some published pieces about our refugee camp visit in Nizip along the Turkey […]

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Where was Ted Cruz Radicalized?

Where was Ted Cruz Radicalized?

By on April 15, 2016 in politics with No Comments

This article was published in Huffington Post and the Chicago Monitor. Pot? Meet kettle. When GOP presidential candidate, Ted Cruz stated, “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” I chuckled. I mean it’s no laughing matter to stigmatize and ostracize an entire community based on their religious […]

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Appreciating the Men in My Life – My Latest on The Good Men Project

Appreciating the Men in My Life – My Latest on The Good Men Project

By on March 30, 2016 in social issues with No Comments

Really proud to be a Contributing Author with The Good Men Project.  Here is my latest. Why Donald Trump Makes Me Appreciate the Men in My Life See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-donald-trump-makes-me-appreciate-the-men-in-my-life-erink/#sthash.0jptomRV.dpuf Yasmina Blackburn talks about Donald Trump’s candidacy as the next US President, and how it has helped to shape her view of men as […]

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Photo Gallery:  Chicago UIC Trump Protest, March 11, 2016

Photo Gallery: Chicago UIC Trump Protest, March 11, 2016

This photo gallery of the protest that took place at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on March 11, 2016 accompanies my Chicago Monitor story that also has additional photos and that tells more of the “inside” story. I’ve also uploaded a number of outside video clips on my YouTube Channel (see an example below.) Being a part […]

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Why You Sound Like An Idiot When You Say, “All Lives Matter!”

Why You Sound Like An Idiot When You Say, “All Lives Matter!”

By on March 17, 2016 in civil rights, social issues with No Comments

All Lives Matter All Lives {should} Matter All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people} All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people- so those who don’t matter in practice try to say something about the fact that their lives don’t matter in practice} All Lives {in practice don’t} Matter {except privileged people- […]

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Happy International Women’s Day 2016

Happy International Women’s Day 2016

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Muslim child’s fear: ‘Is Trump going to exile us?’

Muslim child’s fear: ‘Is Trump going to exile us?’

By on March 3, 2016 in social issues with No Comments

Really proud of this Trib Reporter covering this very important topic. I thank the Chicago Tribune for interviewing me and for shining a light on the reality that today’s right wing rhetoric is terrorizing Muslim children. Including my own. ~Yasmina Alison Bowen Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Many parents know the feeling of a child asking […]

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Panel Discussion: Islamophobia A Threat To Us All

Panel Discussion: Islamophobia A Threat To Us All

By on February 25, 2016 in islamophobia with No Comments

Check out my podcast where I talk about a panel discussion I took part in a few weeks ago. The panel consisted of a Muslim (me), Christian and Jew. And we tackled the tough questions around this serious topic. Thanks for listening! ~Yasmina     Check out Bawb and the Friends! on Yahala Voice Check […]

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Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

Welcoming Refugees with Sweet-Smelling Soap

By on February 21, 2016 in personal stories, social issues with No Comments

Having a teenage daughter who is really into body care products that ignite the senses has been fun. From lotions and potions to make-up, soaps and even candles, my daughter has amassed a collection of feel good stuff that resembles mini-spas in our bathrooms and closet shelves. When she dragged me into the store, Lush, […]

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In Memory of Our Three Winners: Razan, Deah and Yusor

In Memory of Our Three Winners: Razan, Deah and Yusor

By on February 11, 2016 in islamophobia with No Comments

Beautiful original artwork by my friend, Ayah, created as she grieved the loss of Our Three Winners last year.  Thank you for letting me share it on my blog, Ayah! Last year, we lost 3 innocent souls to a senseless terror attack in Chapel Hill in their own apartment. By a neighbor who killed them […]

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