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As a woman, I’m often asked about covering my hair in the Middle East. Since I’m not Muslim, it’s not required. However, would it be best to just cover my hair anyway? You pretty much get to choose. There are a few things you should consider though. Although you don’t have to cover up, you do want to remember to be culturally sensitive. What does this look like?

People of Much Promise

One of cinema’s all-time undisputed masterpieces is The Godfather Trilogy. In the first sequence of Part I, Don Coreleone (The Godfather himself, as played by Marlon Brando) is having a pow-wow with a longtime friend, Bonasera, who is asking for a rather licentious favor. The favor is one to be asked in private, in a dim-lit formal space meant for business.

During the ’70s, Kuwait had a rat problem. The solution: cats. Lots and lots of them—shipped in and sent loose.

Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Middle Eastern peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. (West).

I hope to help anyone reading this to overcome any prejudices they may have about the Middle East or answer any questions they may have about it.

This past week, I made the not-so-easy decision to stay in Kuwait for another two years. The primary reason has to do with a 6.3 kilogram, 4-month-old little bundle of excitement named Scarlet Magdalene. I prefer to call her: my first child. And what a beauty she is.

The first rule of driving of in Kuwait is: there are no rules. The second rule of driving of in Kuwait is: whatever prohibitive guidelines that are in place, ignore them. Well, at least that’s what I thought until I visited Cairo, a city with a population of about 10 million and a vehicular population of near that much.

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