Over 90 Renowned Galleries Participating in Art Dubai 2016-Here are five of our favorites.

March 16, 2016 2:02 pm0 comments
Over 90 Renowned Galleries Participating in Art Dubai 2016-Here are five of our favorites.

  This year marks the tenth anniversary of Art Dubai, the region’s leading art fair, presenting a diverse line-up of over  90 galleries from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Each year in March, Art Dubai presents a hand picked and diverse line-up of over 90 galleries from the […]

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Look! Brown People Working on our Favorite TV Shows!

March 10, 2016 1:30 pm0 comments
Look!  Brown People Working on our Favorite TV Shows!

At Elan, we’re excited about Spring, and not just for the warm weather- Spring also means many of the binge worthy shows we love are premiering new seasons. (This piece has actually taken 5 times longer to write than usual, thanks to the new season of House of Cards.) All […]

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Syrian Refugee Crisis: 10 Arab Organizations helping refugees

February 29, 2016 2:27 pm1 comment
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 10 Arab Organizations helping refugees

There are a number of countries and organizations that have held out a helping hand to Syrian refugees- Canada, Germany, The US-based Karam Foundation, Islamic Relief USA and The Syrian American Medical Society. In the face of this help coming from these non-Arab companies and countries, many claim to be […]

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Islamophobia and the American Presidential Election-The Good , The Bad and The Ugly

February 23, 2016 10:27 am0 comments
Islamophobia and the American Presidential Election-The Good , The Bad and The Ugly

We’re nine months away from Election Day, and presidential hopefuls are pulling out all the stops. This has already been a highly entertaining (if not disturbing) campaign trail -many candidates have planted shiny loafers and high heel pumps firmly in their white toothed, caucusing mouths. It’s no surprise that the […]

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Get off the Couch, it’s Qatar National Sports Day!

February 9, 2016 4:04 pm1 comment
Get off the Couch, it’s Qatar National Sports Day!

  It’s February!  Time for candy hearts, love letters, cupid’s arrows and of course, QATAR NATIONAL SPORTS DAY! No, it’s not very romantic.  But we think it’s a pretty big deal. Think what you will of the Qatar/FIFA/World Cup/Team Handball situation-but along with Qatar’s use of sport as a platform […]

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President Obama Stands up for Muslims; Five Epic Quotes.

February 2, 2016 7:48 pm0 comments
President Obama Stands up for Muslims; Five Epic Quotes.

President Obama is visiting a US Mosque on February 3, 2016 for the first time in his presidency. What took you so long, dude?! We’re kidding- it’s never too late to celebrate diversity, understanding and tolerance. We’re glad Mr. President has chosen the Islamic Society of Baltimore for his visit- […]

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Who Gets to Come to the US? The US Refugee Selection Process.

January 11, 2016 1:08 pm1 comment
Who Gets to Come to the US?  The US Refugee Selection Process.

In the wake of the tragic Paris attacks, and the San Bernardino shooting, GOP front-runner Donald Trump caused a media frenzy by calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”  Afterwards, the Muslim American community and Syrian refugees were targets of malicious political rhetoric.  The […]

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From 50 Shades of Grey to 4 Shades of Brown: This Year’s Golden Globes

January 7, 2016 4:26 pm0 comments
From 50 Shades of Grey to 4 Shades of Brown: This Year’s Golden Globes

It’s the New Year and Elan is thinking of brand new gym memberships we’ll never use, personal budgets we’ll screw up by March…and of course awards season. The combo of The New Year and awards season then had us thinking about how much progress Arabs and South Asians have made […]

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You’ll Never Guess Who: These Ten Muslims Helped Shape American Pop Culture

January 4, 2016 1:15 pm1 comment
You’ll Never Guess Who: These Ten Muslims Helped Shape American Pop Culture

Muslims and Muslim Americans are in the news daily thanks to recent events in the US as well as comments made by GOP Presidential front runner, Donald Trump. But finally, even non-Muslims are pushing back on the hateful rhetoric and xenophobia rampant in the US. Elan sees this as the perfect […]

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The Christmas Spirit Survives in Middle East High Conflict Zones

December 24, 2015 10:33 am0 comments
The Christmas Spirit Survives in Middle East High Conflict Zones

This holiday season the Middle East is fraught with conflict; civil wars in Syria and Yemen, a refugee crisis and terror groups plaguing innocent civilians.  Amongst the negative pressure, hope is peaking through with beautiful displays of Christmas trees across the Middle East.  One cannot help but to feel optimistic […]

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