Alaa Basatneh, Splinter

Alaa Basatneh


Miami, FL, United States

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Past articles by Alaa:

Welcome to the small Idaho town where fake news speaks louder than truth

TWIN FALLS, Idaho—Sofia Ali escaped the war in Syria four years ago, but now faces a new type of threat to her safety in “America’s heartland.” → Read More

Myanmar’s genocide is foreign, yet all too familiar

CHICAGO—Prior to visiting the Rohingya Cultural Center, I couldn’t tell you what the difference was between Burma and Myanmar. → Read More

Why I Stopped Referring to the Middle East as the Arab World

In light of the Kurdish referendum, where people living in Northern Iraq overwhelmingly voted for the independence of the region of Kurdistan, I sat at my kitchen table this morning rethinking my position on this issue. → Read More

Halla Barakat and her mother were stabbed to death. Now I fear for my life

I was sitting in class when my phone started to blow up with incoming messages: “Did you hear what happened to Halla Barakat?” My heart raced. “What happened?” I texted back. → Read More

‘There’s a hero in everyone,’ says head of volunteer disaster-response team

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A video is upsetting both Muslim conservatives and Islamophobes

Muslim conservatives and Islamophobes have finally found something they can agree on: They’re both pissed about Mona Haydar’s new rap video. → Read More

This professor is using mosques to teach Muslim youth the language of the future

There’s a new language being taught in mosques across North America. → Read More

When dinner stories fill your stomach, heart, and soul

MIAMI—Too often we focus on what makes us different, but we’re actually more alike than we think. → Read More

“He stared at me, took out a knife and sneered ‘Deport them all’”

In the hospital waiting room, the white man’ penetrating eyes made me uncomfortable. Five minutes later, the man took out a pocket knife, opened it, and set it down on the empty seat between us. Does Donald Trump approve this message? → Read More

It's not safe to wear my hijab now that Trump will be president

Despite facing constant Islamophobia over the 12 years I’ve worn a hijab in America, nothing had ever compelled me to remove it before. Until Election Day. → Read More

Muslim Americans fearful of Trump presidency: 'He sees us as less than human'

Fear and uncertainty is boiling within Muslim-American communities nationwide after Donald Trump was declared the next president of the United States. → Read More

How Arab Americans are fighting racism and hate on Election Day with a phone call

Arab Americans worried about voter intimidation on Election Day are relying on a phone call to quell their fears. → Read More

This Syrian man is stuck in limbo after escaping to another war-torn country

Nasser Al Halabi is a 26-year-old Syrian citizen who fled home, was deported from Saudi Arabia, found himself homeless in Turkey, and now lives in the DRC. → Read More

How Muslim Americans are organizing in swing states to make their voices heard

Do Muslim Americans have the power to tip the election in swing states? An unprecedented campaign called #MyMuslimVote thinks so, and is urging them to vote. → Read More

To cover or not to cover: Muslim women's struggle with the hijab

Nazí Paikidze’s recent decision to boycott the Women’s World Chess Championship has set off a debate about hijabs and what they symbolize: oppression or choice? → Read More

"United States of Donald Trump": Muslim boy flees U.S. after classmates allegedly attack him

Two days before Donald Trump acknowledged the existence of Islamophobia at the last debate, the 7-year-old was beaten up for being Muslim, his father claims. → Read More

Why I swap my hijab for an Orthodox Jewish hat while flying

#FlyingWhileMuslim isn’t just a hashtag on Twitter—the struggle is real, especially for women like me who wear a hijab. → Read More

This photo series of Muslims praying in public places will open your eyes

Sana Ullah started an Instagram photo series in January 2015 called “Places You’ll Pray” to combat negative images of Muslims in the media. → Read More

The clever way this website is fighting Islamophobia

Launched on Sept. 15, is fighting back against negative media portrayals of Muslims by showing site visitors what Islam actually teaches. → Read More

Westerners and conservative Muslims: stop telling me what to wear

Seeing photos of armed French police forcing a Muslim woman to remove her burkini at the beach on Wednesday reminded me of two groups of people who’ve taunted me for years: ignorant Westerners and conservative Muslims in the Middle East. → Read More