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For Freelancers, Growing Opportunity and Risk

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Aug 27, 2014

he recent beheading of freelance journalist James Foley (pictured above) by militants from the Islamic State highlights the growing dangers that freelance reporters covering conflict zones face. NAM Editor Andrew Lam writes the paring back by media of foreign correspondents in these regions has opened up new opportunities – and increased dangers – for freelancers like Foley and Steven Sotloff, who disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012. On Wednesday, Sotloff’s mother released a video pleading with the head of ISIS for his release.

Iraq Fiasco Erases Memory of Vietnam

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Jul 15, 2014

Two and a half years after the United States pulled out of Iraq, that country has imploded, becoming a bona-fide failed state, with Baghdad under siege by jihadist militants seeking to create an Islamic caliphate in the heart of the region. Some analysts now worry that ISIS, as the Sunni group is known, will commit mass genocide against Iraq's minority Shi'a population if Baghdad falls.

Give Me The Gun - A Reflection on Exile and the Boston Marathon Bombings

Boom, Essay, Andrew Lam Apr 14, 2014

I am now seven years older than my father was when he came to California at the end of the Vietnam War. I have been an American writer and journalist for over two decades. I am here to tell you that the war, though it ended so long ago, doesn’t end—and for children from war-torn countries, the Old World, its memories and turmoil, sometimes calls out for our blood.

Letter from Cairo: Arab Winter and Revolutionary Regrets

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Dec 18, 2013

Since then the country has been racked by violent protests and a growing power struggle between Islamists on the one hand, and a military led by notorious strongman Gen. Abdel el-Sisi.

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Escalating

Jan 07, 2013

The tragic events that unfolded on Sep. 11, 2001 gave birth to an ugly and embarrassing chapter in America’s history-the post 9/11 anti-Islamic and Arab era that continues today. Despite relentless national efforts to combat the negative stereotypes and intolerance...

Gaza Youth: Growing Up In 'The World's Largest Jail'

Dec 14, 2012

 SAN FRANCISCO – A series of drawings is spread across the table in front of Ayman Nijim. One of them, in hues of yellow and blue, shows a row of helmeted stick figures – the Star of David carefully traced...

Paralyzed Arab American Put on ‘No Fly List’

Nov 19, 2012

The law firm of Ayad and Associates has brought a federal lawsuit against the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and the Terrorist Screening Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of an Arab...

From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Sep 14, 2012


Program Paves Way for Future Arab American Journalists

Aug 30, 2012

DEARBORN — In the 2010-2011 school year, McCollough-Unis School allowed the Asian American Journalism Association (AAJA) to launch a project from the AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program for Unis Middle School students titled “The Living Textbook.” The program is headed by...

NYC Bus Ads are Latest Salvo in Pamela Geller’s Jihad

Aug 10, 2012

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an organization devoted to countering what it calls “Islamic supremacism,” recently submitted an ad for New York City buses. The proposed poster states: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support...

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