new piece: ‘Ottoman Child’

new piece: ‘Ottoman Child’ … listen! art & music by moi

Ether – Maajid Nawaz

I find it sad that a self-proclaimed Muslim would exhibit such a level of self-loathing. Over the past few days, I was introduced in a rather, brusque manner, to put it mildly, via Twitter, to Maajid Nawaz, former Islamist turned secularist neoliberal – whatever the hell that means! He tweeted at Talib Kweli, the infamous BrooklynContinue reading “Ether – Maajid Nawaz”

They Came For Us Too

If there is anything I am paranoid about it is about my fate. But I have faith. My faith tells me that there are forces – the agents, after me. This world is similar to the movie, the Matrix, in some ways. In other ways it is not – naturally. But time is ticking. ThereContinue reading “They Came For Us Too”

Dani al-Armani

This image really captures my identity. I do think it visually symbolizes who I am – half Armenian half Arab – Syrian. My heritage includes Palestinian, Italian too. Perhaps there is more European blood from my father’s side – but nonetheless, that side of my family is vehemently Armenian. About as homogeneously Armenian as theContinue reading “Dani al-Armani”

Uncovering My Personal Legend: A Journey for Self-Actualization Amidst Chimerical Wish Fantasies

There are so many opportunities I, and many like me, were denied due to institutional obstacles for immigrants, even one like me, who has lived in the US since he was 6. That was in 1996. It’s now 2016, and I’m 28. I still have no status anywhere except Syria, my home country, which forContinue reading “Uncovering My Personal Legend: A Journey for Self-Actualization Amidst Chimerical Wish Fantasies”

[Throwback] – Afraid to be King

To celebrate this wonderful day, I’d like to give you guys a flashback to one of my favorite songs. Remember, “Afraid to be King”? That sample though!

PSA: Danny K!

Dear world: I’ve decided to rebrand as Danny K, my original title. I do this for my Creator, for my family, and for my home countries, Syria & Armenia [The Middle East at large – Falastin], for my grandfather’s legacy of ingenious, and finally, perhaps selfishly, for myself. From now on you can follow meContinue reading “PSA: Danny K!”

This Glass Design

Poetry is dead in a world with no head, A world with one body that plucks at its bread, A hunger or thirst, no intellect to quench, Terrorizing the world while we sit from the bench, Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, Or are we foolishly tracing the fence, All along aContinue reading “This Glass Design”

A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident

Islamic liberalism is not a myth, but to assume that it seeks to mimic the West, ignores that the West itself has shortcomings in the realm of authentic liberalism. It becomes difficult to gauge really what is the so-called problem ailing the Middle East, when one does so from a perspective shaped by Occidentalism –Continue reading “A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident”

The Fall

There are thieves in the night, Who ponder and scheme, Strike deals within sight, Offer a dream, What season is right, to walk from this team? The world is not falling, but it is not rising. Things are not in chaos, but they are neither in harmony. The world is not falling, but it isContinue reading “The Fall”

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