The Making of a “Shithole” World

January 19, 2018

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of US foreign policy are worse. The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some US diplomats have referred to the country as...

“Shithole” Countries? The Media’s Portrayal of Africa Reconsidered

January 16, 2018

It’s time to take a hard look at the role of the news media in creating and perpetuating a horribly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Africa. US President Donald Trump's alleged remarks questioning why the US should take in immigrants from what he apparently called “shithole...

This Is My “Shithole” Country, Mr. President

January 16, 2018

The US is the greatest country in the world because of the millions of Americans, many of whom moved there from various “shitholes.” I confess. I come from a “shithole.” I come from a “shithole” country in North Africa, and I couldn’t be prouder. My “shithole” country is...