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Ali Eteraz
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Ali Eteraz grew up in the Caribbean, South Asia, and the American South. His debut short story collection, FALSIPEDIES AND FIBSIENNES, is due out in September 2014 (Guernica Editions). His stories have appeared in storySouth, Chicago Quarterly Review, Akashic Books, Crossborder, and Forge Journal, among others.

Eteraz is the author of the critically acclaimed darkly comic memoir CHILDREN OF DUST: A Portrait of a Muslim as a Young Man (HarperCollins, 2009). It was selected as a New Statesman Book of the Year and was featured on PBS with Tavis Smiley, NPR with Terry Gross, C-SPAN2, and numerous international outlets. The book was called “compelling” by the Washington Post, and O: The Oprah Magazine, chose it for its Fall Reading List. It was also listed among the 2009 Books of the Year by New Statesman and has been translated into Italian. In 2010, Children of Dust won a Nautilus Book Award, and received Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival. In 2011, The Australian called the book "an ambitious and accomplished work of literature."

Eteraz is an inhabitant of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto where he is at work on his next project.

Entries by Ali Eteraz

Arabs Aren't Decent?

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 11:43 AM

An Arab friend called me the other day. He wanted to talk about a McCain town-hall meeting where someone had apparently called Obama an "Arab."

"Guess what?" my friend said sadly.

"What?" I asked.

"I'm not an Arab," he said.

"Says who?" I asked.

"Says John McCain," he...

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Obama Islam Smear Changes Stripes

(93) Comments | Posted May 12, 2008 | 4:11 PM

When the Islam smear against Obama first came out, it was based on the idea that he is currently, a Muslim.

Then the Pastor Wright controversy put that mess to rest, since Obama's affiliations to an obviously Christian Church became front and center.

Now there is a new Islam smear....

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Working Class Elitists

(67) Comments | Posted May 7, 2008 | 6:45 PM

In the initial stages of the primary, we heard a lot about blacks versus women. This simpleton's analysis withered away when the media realized that the Democratic Party contains other groups too, like Hispanics and young people and seniors. So, in the media's unceasing desire to live in black and...

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Geert Wilders' Islamophobic Farce

(55) Comments | Posted March 27, 2008 | 6:14 PM

I just watched Dutch right-winger, Geert Wilders' film, Fitna, The Movie. He had promised it to be too shocking, too frightening, too disturbing and much of the world was holding its breath in morbid, anxious, wait for its release. The media feared rabid violence by those Muslims.

My...

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Obama is Nietzschean

(119) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM

For many years, the United States has been suffering from political nihilism -- disbelief in its institutions.

I have seen political nihilism in various countries around the world. It manifests itself as a form of futility, the feeling that one cannot recover from what is ailing the people.

Two common...

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Behind Bhutto's Assassination

(27) Comments | Posted December 27, 2007 | 12:07 PM

Benazir Bhutto, a two time former Prime Minister of Pakistan, and one of the leading voices of democratization, was assassinated in a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital, Islamabad. She was departing a political rally with her closest political advisors, in preparation of the January...

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America's Rational Killers

(15) Comments | Posted December 6, 2007 | 9:35 AM

A teenage gunman in Omaha just killed eight civilians in a random act of violence. He then killed himself. Earlier in the year a teenage gunman killed thirty three civilians in Virginia. He then killed himself. Last year a gunman killed eleven school girls before killing himself. The Columbine killers...

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US Supports Terrorists That are Also Not Terrorists

(29) Comments | Posted October 23, 2007 | 1:04 PM

The Bush administration is known for its two wars. There is one on a feeling - terror; and one upon a country - Iraq. In 2003, the war on terror was used to justify the war in Iraq. How ironic, then, that today the war in Iraq helps demonstrate the...

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"Pakistan's 9/11": Benazir Bhutto's Suicide Welcome

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2007 | 1:07 AM

Today in Karachi, Pakistan, at midnight, a pair of suicide bomb attacks went off in ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's caravan. This is her first day back in Pakistan.

At the moment, the death-toll is 125 with almost 600 injured. The numbers of both are rising. Bhutto, along with top ranking...

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The Myth of Muslim Condemnation of Terror

(93) Comments | Posted October 10, 2007 | 2:09 PM

The amount of disinformation about Muslims is disconcerting. One popular smear is that Muslims are in an alliance with the left to take over the West; it is an allegation that far right loves to use.

The other, equally popular and equally absurd, idea is that Muslims do...

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Laughing at "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week"

(75) Comments | Posted October 8, 2007 | 1:25 PM

An ex-senator that opposes individual rights of women; a pundit that calls people "faggots" and considers Islam a "cult"; a Christian scholar who is considered a "polemicist" and an "Islamophobe" by conservative Christians themselves; and an intellectual who has received millions from "far right" organizations...

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Howard Dean Parties with American Muslims

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 9:28 PM

Almost every American-Muslim youth has been to the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention in Chicago which takes place on Labor Day weekend. The organization is one of the oldest Muslim groups in the US and its evolution affects the Muslims of this country. At one point in the...

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Media Reliance on Former Terrorists and Radicals is a Joke

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2007 | 5:14 PM

With the publication of former radical Muslim recruiter Hasan Butt's plea to fellow Muslims, the left-wing media is now playing the game initiated and developed by the American right-wing: assuming that former terrorists and radicals are a source of insight, or even of value, in dealing with radicalism and...

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Sigh, Defending Salman Rushdie...Again

(26) Comments | Posted June 21, 2007 | 4:50 PM

Man, this has been going on since I was a kid in Pakistan. Salman Rushdie does something; fundamentalist Muslims start burning stuff; start agitating for strikes; collecting money for the big pot that will go to the guy who cuts off his head.

When I was but a wee boy,...

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Pakistan Violence Erupts: President "Busharraf" In Trouble

(8) Comments | Posted May 13, 2007 | 7:30 PM

Bush + Musharraf = Busharraf. This is what Pakistanis call their "enlightened moderate" (or is it, moderately enlightened) dictator.

I met President Musharraf after 9/11. He held a talk and a dinner at the Marriott in DC, and the Pakistani Embassy invited members of the Pakistani-American community. He gave a...

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Chomsky Dissent Not Enough

(19) Comments | Posted May 11, 2007 | 12:02 PM

I hope Professor Chomsky is well. Though I must warn that today I am writing not to praise, but to complain against him. At the outset, allow me to state that my respect for him should be presumed. My complaints are borne not from malice, but need. I am writing...

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Brian Williams of NBC, Information Oligarch

(26) Comments | Posted April 14, 2007 | 3:10 PM

Brian Williams has a problem: he calls it Vinny.

Vinny, with nothing more than a blog and a keyboard is able to command as much, if not more, influence upon the information Americans consume as Williams in his Armani suit and his credentials sitting in mid-town Manhattan.

In reality,...

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Dirty Hip Hop and Whether Blacks Need to Teach Whites Better

(33) Comments | Posted April 12, 2007 | 6:00 PM

"You can't make a ho a housewife." - Dr. Dre;

"Money, Cash, Hoes!" - Jay Z;

"This is why I'm hot/Catch me on the block/ Every other day/Another bitch another drop" - Mims

In the aftermath of the term "nappy headed hoes" a popular refrain has been that Imus merely...

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Dissent Is Now OK, But Only For Muslims

(12) Comments | Posted April 2, 2007 | 6:10 PM

Dissent can be a dangerous thing in the Muslim world. Those who are engaged in critique are actively banished from the community or are accused of leaving Islam altogether. So accused, they are faced with the prospect of death or civil penalties as "apostates."

On March 1, 2007, an important...

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