The Saudi rejection of Mr. Akbar Zib can be justified on the grounds of refusing to repeatedly pronounce an offensive slang term in Arabic official discourse. But there seems to be more than just prudence at play here.
I have to admit that at first I was afraid to enter, but it was what I spent two years working on - the debut of the Arabic version of my book, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, here in the Muslim world itself.
Michael Franti's music is meant to rally the public and raise awareness. But, he wanted to take the music further. To protest the world's injustices, he needed to experience them, so, he headed to Baghdad.
Traveling through Israel and the West Bank is an especially unpredictable experience for me. The Israeli soldiers who patrol the checkpoints can choose to treat me as either an American or as a Palestinian.