Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami, was born and raised in Morocco and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside. She is the author of Secret Son and, most recently, The Moor’s Account, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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Monday, January 30, 2017
Don’t Give In to Donald Trump’s Shock-and-Awe Campaign—Stand Up and Speak Out
I n the two weeks since he raised his right hand and swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump has shut down the entire refugee program for 120 days; pledged that Christian refugees would be given priority when the program resumes; blocked visas to...
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Monday, November 16, 2015
To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account
What happened in Paris on November 13 has happened before , in a shopping district of Beirut on November 12, in the skies over Egypt on October 31, at a cultural center in Turkey on July 20, a beach resort in Tunisia on June 26—and nearly every day in Syria for the last four years. The scenario is...
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Arab Uprisings and American Intervention
The news and images from Cairo three days ago were so strange I nearly did a double-take: John McCain, the indefatigable supporter of US military intervention for regime change in Iraq, had suddenly discovered in himself a strong fervor for the homegrown uprising against tyranny in Egypt. There he was, with his good friend Joe Lieberman, mingling with Egyptian youths in Tahrir Square. “This revolution,” he said , “is a repudiation of Al Qaeda.
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