Azad Essa, Middle East Eye

Azad Essa

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Azad:

The Capitol Hill riot was not a coup. It was an attempt to preserve white supremacy

To pin the woes of this republic on Trump is to buy into the myth of American democracy, a dream that is manufactured in the exact halls that were raided on Wednesday → Read More

Barack Obama's memoir is a desperate attempt to seal a legacy. It fails

Carefully choreographed memoir turns a tidy phrase but cannot hide what an ordinary American president he turned out to be → Read More

Covid-19: Black and brown Americans brace for the worst

Politicisation of wearing masks and inconsistent policies across states spell bad news for America's minorities, experts warn → Read More

Joe Biden, Emgage and the muzzling of Muslim America

Emgage's rise to prominence during the 2020 US election is not a story of a group that advocates for Muslim communities, but rather of one that has served to mute their voices → Read More

Coronavirus in the Bronx: Why the poor never stood a chance

As infections spike in New York's most deprived borough, the pandemic has laid bare how divided the city is on lines of class and race → Read More

Arms over masks: India buys weapons from Israel as coronavirus cases spike

Concerns grow over Modi's handling of Covid-19 pandemic as Delhi agrees to buy light machine guns from Israel → Read More

Biden campaign urged to remove 'Modi supporter' as Muslim outreach coordinator

Middle East Eye understands that Joe Biden's presidential campaign is desperate to find new outreach coordinator to help secure Muslim vote → Read More

'The wind blew the right way': Armenian Americans welcome 'genocide' resolution

Campaigners say House of Representatives' vote recognising 'genocide' is overdue, but fear gesture is more about punishing Turkey than acknowledging past atrocities → Read More

Women's March accused of Islamophobia as CAIR's Zahra Billoo is forced out

Lawyer and activist is the latest high profile Muslim woman to be removed from board following a smear campaign in which she was accused of antisemitism → Read More

How Ilhan Omar is changing the way Americans talk about Israel

In banning the outspoken congresswoman, the Israeli government only highlighted her effectiveness as a champion of Palestine and human rights → Read More

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

The fraught and unforgettable: How Malcolm X's legacy lives on in America

Some credit the autobiography of the Black Muslim icon, who was shot dead 54 years ago, with bringing more Americans to Islam than the Quran itself → 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