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    My Experience as an American Student in the Gulf: What It Is Like Being Watched

    This past January, I participated in the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Program (ILDP), sponsored by Queens College. ILDP aims to foster cultural and religious understanding through dialogue for national student leaders. The program took students to Muscat, Oman, Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates for a total of two weeks. The most impressionable aspect of my trip was perhaps experiencing two modern surveillance states where people still seemed to be happy despite living in non-democracies. The concept of “big brother” constantly watching has always instilled fear in the west, but perhaps this “brother” is looking out for a nation’s best interests – he is a “brother” after all. My experience…

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    American Horror Story: Cult

    The time has finally come to discuss this year’s’ “American Horror Story” season. Based on seasons past, it’s safe to assume that the directors have given up on emotionally scaring their viewers and have moved on to tackling a much more comical approach to their storyline. While other seasons, such as “AHS: Coven,” had also attempted to contain dark humor, they were never, well, this direct.                     The first episode of “American Horror Story: Cult” was not necessarily scary, but it did play upon a few interesting themes. First, this season is the most modern version of any others, as Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the series’ creators, are attempting…