Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

As a person of Islamic heritage, it’s often difficult to speak out against the atrocities taking place in Palestine out of the fear of blanket accusations of anti-Semitism. It is why I and many like myself (Muslim and non-Muslim) stay quiet as we see human rights violations happening in front of our eyes thanks to digital technology.

Truth is, I’ve always admired the Jewish faith, culture, and its brave history of perseverance. I’ve even found myself at a handful of lovely Seders, one of which was a chocolate Seder.

As the son of genocide survivors myself, I find the stories…

Western wildfire smoke shrouds Grand Teton National Park, August 2020 ©Rafeed Hussain

Why we can’t afford NOT to do something

Even though the COVID-19 Pandemic is dominating 2020 national headlines, chances are, somewhere nearby is a headline related to climate change.

City of Pittsburgh, seen from Duquesne Heights

The first Earth Day was celebrated 50 years ago today. With COVID-19, I think we can all agree that this is perhaps one of the strangest Earth Weeks in the all the years we have observed this occasion.

Many of us with the privilege of being able to telework are settling into our routine after a month. Many of us who cannot work at home are counting our blessings and heading into our workplace in protective clothing, knowing we must fulfil our roles as essential workers with full courage on display. Then there are many of us who neither have…

Queens, NY, 1997, the three of us, ages 8, 3, 1

Do you remember being 8 years old? I do. 8 for me was a tale of two lives. I was born into a life of privilege in an affluent upper middle class family in Bangladesh where there was never an ounce of worry about the stability of our livelihood. All we had to do was open our eyes and look out the window to see that we had much more than the average person making their way through our neighborhood streets in Dhaka. Life was also full of love. Living in a family home with my parents, my brothers, our…

The Bengali people are an ethno-linguistic group originating from Bangladesh (formerly Indian State of East Bengal, then East Pakistan) and the Indian State of West Bengal.

The 15th of December is a somewhat interesting day in the history of Bangladesh and the Bengali people across the world. It is a day that is sandwiched between one of the most joyous days in our history and also one of the saddest days in our history.

On the right side of the calendar is the 16th of December, 1971, giving birth to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh when Pakistani forces surrendered, bringing…

Zaheen Hussain

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