• Image: Artwork of Libyan Artist Mohamed Abumeis (1)
  • Image: Artwork of Libyan Artist Mohamed Abumeis (2)

Nahla's Editorial Note

June begins halfway through the sacred month of Ramadan with two more weeks to go for those keeping the fast. So in advance, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Eid! After which, of course, the social, cultural and artistic calendars will fill up again at a higher speed and at their more usual rythm.

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Using resentful rhetoric to justify his executive order made early last year - to ban the entry of people coming from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States - President Donald Trump was indicating that America needs to be protected from these 'other' people on the count of their religion. A religion that is a personal faith to over 1.8 billion worldwide which he simply reduces to an enemy of ‘his’ great nation, using the language of fear and dangerously manipulating the historical context.

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