world is in the news for its dysfunctional politics. There are ongoing wars in
Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq. There is the Arab-Israeli conflict with Israel
continuing to take Palestinian lands while the people of Gaza live in a big
prison. While Middle Eastern politics maybe unsavory, there is a consensus that
the food is not only savory but healthy as well. The Forum
and Link reached out to renowned Lebanese cookbook author, Hadia Zebib
Khanafer, with questions about Lebanese cuisine and her two successful
cookbooks.* Forum & Link: Please introduce
yourself to readers? Hadia Zebib Khanafer: I am the author of “Sofra ‘Amra” and
“Hadia, Lebanese Style Recipes.” I also have my own blog called Hadia’s
Lebanese Cuisine and I’m a passionate self-trained cook. I grew up in
Beirut and I came from a family of fantastic cooks. Currently I reside in
Congo/Kinshasa with my husband. I am a mother of three great young men. I value
the ritual of gathering with my family, friends and lov…
My good friend Imad Hamad, Executive Director of the American Human Rights Council, wrote an excellent column on the American national conversation on policing:
The latest wave of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota is another painful reminder of a crisis in policing. The police are tasked with protecting the public, but we are now witnessing attacks on the police.
The police find themselves, as one official noted, of having to be friendly and approachable while watching out for their own safety from certain members of the public.
We at the American Human Rights Council (AHRC) have always advocated for effective engagement and partnership between the police and their respective communities. Shooting of police officers — public servants who put their lives on the line to protect all of us — present clear evidence that something is seriously wrong and we need to move without delay to address the crisis.
The conversation about the police and communities has devolved into a confl…
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) is
holding its annual banquet on Thursday May 18. I interviewed Mr. Imad Hamad
with questions about the banquet and about AHRC. Below are excerpts. Q: Another year, another banquet. What are the
highlights of this year’s banquet? A: This year we are having our third banquet.
We are awarding remarkable individuals from diverse backgrounds for their work
advancing human rights. We expect a strong turnout, a full house- just like
last year. Last year we had over 800 attendees. This year we have
a special guest whose appearance is a great honor for the banquet. Q: Human rights is a new type of advocacy in
Arab and Muslim circles, does this present a challenge to AHRC? A: It used to present a serious challenge.
Before AHRC, I advocated for years for civil rights and civil liberties,
locally, nationally and internationally. Advocacy for civil rights and
liberties has been around for so many years that almost everyone understands
the concept and the work.…