Azad Essa, Middle East Eye

Azad Essa

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Azad:

Somali. Black. Muslim. Woman. Refugee. American: The making of Ilhan Omar

She came to America from a refugee camp in East Africa. Now she's at the forefront of a new wave of US politicians challenging Donald Trump → Read More

Imam Omar Suleiman targeted in smear campaign led by Republican congressman

After delivering opening prayer in US House of Representatives, right-wing attacks begin → Read More

France's Notre Dame outpouring is a metaphor for (in)humanity

The story of this blaze is not about literature or imagery. Rather it is a tale of self-indulgence, historical revisionism and systematic erasure of the other → Read More

Yemeni-American stores boycott New York Post over Omar 9/11 front page

Trade organisation says paper’s attack on congresswoman could stoke bigotry and violence against Muslims → Read More

When it comes to Palestine and Kashmir, India and Israel are oppressors-in-arms

The hue of 'democracy' has given India and Israel special gravitas and legitimacy, while human rights violations continue unchecked → Read More

Rohingya activists demand action against Myanmar at NYC summit

A two-day international conference is urging collective and decisive action against Myanmar. → Read More

Jewish academic's New York office vandalised with swastikas

Anti-Semitic incident at Columbia University comes as rising number of hate crimes are reported across the US. → Read More

Why Ebola crisis in DRC is unlike anything before

Democratic Republic of Congo has seen multiple outbreaks of Ebola, but this time it faces more challenges. → Read More

The mixed tale of women's empowerment in Rwanda

Rwanda's push for gender equality hailed by some, but others call it 'smokescreen' for government repression. → Read More

China thinks Islam is a disease, and Muslim leaders don’t care

Should the crackdown on the country’s Uighur population go unchallenged, such policies could easily be replicated by other countries looking to repress minorities → Read More

Cornell West: 'Obama was never the revolutionary Mandela was'

Intellectual Cornell West discusses former US president Barack Obama's legacy and symbolism behind his rise to power. → Read More

Activists urge Nelson Mandela Foundation to withdraw Obama invite

Critics say former US president does not represent Mandela's legacy and should not be a guest lecturer at annual event. → Read More

Indigenous Guatemalan woman shot dead by US Border Patrol

Rights groups decry killing of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales, 20, who was killed by an agent near the Mexico border. → Read More

Ebola in the DRC: Everything you need to know

Key questions answered as another Ebola outbreak raises concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo. → Read More

CAR: 'To live and study in Bangui is a type of torture'

Years of conflict have devastated CAR's educational facilities, severely impacting prospects for the country's youth. → Read More

Zuma: People's president or corrupt demigod?

South Africans regale with their memories of the enigmatic and controversial President Jacob Zuma. → Read More

How will South Africans remember Jacob Zuma?

Critics say Jacob Zuma will be remembered for lining his pockets at the expense of common South Africans. → Read More

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's president

Embattled ANC figure Jacob Zuma announces he will step down as president of South Africa after almost a decade in power. → Read More

Zuma under pressure as state of nation speech postponed

South African president under pressure to step down as ruling African National Congress prepares for elections in 2019. → Read More

Jaha Dukureh: 'Don't sensationalise FGM survivors'

Gambia activist tells Al Jazeera why respect is critical when tackling the subject of female genital mutilation. → Read More