Three Arab Films Nominated for Academy Awards

Three Arab films have made their way onto the Academy Awards’ nomination list this year. “The Square,” directed by Jehane Noujaim and produced by Karim Amer, was nominated in the Documentary Feature category. This is the first Academy Award nomination for both Noujaim and Amer.

The film depicts a unified front in Egypt during the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square against the then president, Hosni Mubarak. The film debuted on Netflix on Jan. 17. Noujaim tweeted her excitement, “#Overthemoon #Oscar nom @thesquarefilm is for the blood, hopes, and dreams of Egyptians whose power and beauty and courage we saw in Tahrir.” This is the first Egyptian-made film to be nominated for an Oscar.


Fighting on Two Fronts -- Arizona Latinos Stand Against Anti-Gay Bill

Fighting on Two Fronts — Arizona Latinos Stand Against Anti-Gay Bill

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Isela Meraz was among the thousands who gathered outside the Arizona State Legislature last week to protest the right-to-refuse service bill now on the governor’s desk. For Latinos, the bill stirs up painful memories of SB 1070, the state law that criminalized undocumented immigrants four years ago.

Meraz, who is both gay and undocumented, now finds herself fighting on two fronts.


Will Phoenix Document the 'Undocumented'?

Will Phoenix Document the ‘Undocumented’?

PHOENIX, Ariz. — It was tough to convince Viridiana Hernández to call the Phoenix police when her house was broken into. She now has a work permit, under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, which temporarily protects her from deportation.

But when someone broke into her house in 2012, her only form of identification was a matrícula consular (a Mexican consular ID card), and she was afraid it might raise suspicions that she was an undocumented immigrant.


Relationship Reality Check: 10 Questions that Can Transform Your Love Life

Relationships often collapse because couples are not prepared to withstand the inevitable conflicts or even the humdrum and monotonous plateau period that’s nearly certain to present as the years go by. A relationship can feel more like “boot camp” when trying to acclimate to each other’s personality differences and habits—frustrations, tensions, and resentments that can persist well into a long-term love affair and undermine the ability to feel happy and content. For other couples, it’s shear boredom that can wreak havoc—if the partnership doesn’t continue to stimulate and enrich their lives, the doldrums can be a relationship death knell!


India's Ban on Gay Sex Could Be Boon for Asylum Seekers

India’s Ban on Gay Sex Could Be Boon for Asylum Seekers

India’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld its December ruling that criminalizes gay sex. But civil rights attorneys and LGBT activists say the announcement could actually be an unexpected boon for Indians fleeing the country to seek asylum in the United States.

On Jan. 28, the Indian Supreme Court upheld its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old colonial law prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.”


Fear, Language and Money — San Jose Ethnic Media Tackle Barriers to Citizenship

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adrian Avila plans to apply for citizenship for one major reason.

“I’m doing it for my mother,” says Avila.

Avila, a content producer at the bilingual magazine Silicon Valley De-Bug in San Jose, came to the United States with his mother when he was six years old.

Now 29, he is one year younger than his mother was when she decided to leave everything behind in Mexico to build a better life for her son in the United States.


Surviving Life In the Shadows -- A Letter to My Brother

Surviving Life In the Shadows — A Letter to My Brother

The image of Dreamers portrayed in the media is most often one of valedictorians, proud “undocuqueers” or brave protesters. But for many young people who are undocumented and gay, everyday reality is defined by struggle, uncertainty, and hardship. That was the case for Diego Sandoval, who after living for a year in Florida, moved with his family to Merced, Calif. Since the fourth grade, Diego has attended five different grade schools and four different high schools. After being kicked out of his last high school for having too many absences, he is now working with his mother at a local motel and pursuing his GED. Diego wrote the following letter to his 15-year-old younger brother, who like himself is undocumented.


As the Chance for Comprehensive Reform Fades, DREAMers Face a Tough Choice

As the Chance for Comprehensive Reform Fades, DREAMers Face a Tough Choice

The chances for a comprehensive immigration reform bill passing Congress are looking increasingly dim.

The Senate passed its bill last summer. But House Republicans are pushing a piecemeal approach in the lower chamber. Some young, unauthorized immigrants could personally benefit from this strategy, but many are conflicted about whether that’s a good thing.

If there’s one thing many conservatives and liberals agree on when it comes to unauthorized immigrants, it’s that people like 18-year-old Susana shouldn’t be kicked out of the United States. She’s been a good student, never had trouble with the law, and is now attending college in Denver.