Author Archives: Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova is editor of GlobalComment and ArabComment. She is also a regular columnist. When she is not working, she is blogging, writing creatively, and yelling rude things at football games on television.

The Fake Muhajaba

The woman staring back was like a chimera.

Murder in the Name of Honour: an Interview with Rana Husseini

“I told them right away, I wouldn’t have any seductive, veiled women on the cover!”

As Gaza Burns, Amman Erupts in Protests

How do you defuse a situation in which civilians have no one left to trust but the very people who can easily, and, it seems, without many regrets – considering the reward that surely awaits the suffering in paradise – get them killed?

Laughing in Amman: Arab-American Comedians Look into the Future

It was refreshing to hear Maysoon speak about working with Adam Sandler at the press conference, because many of my earnest friends had quickly dismissed the film, which aims to poke fun at conflict in the Middle East, as racist clap-trap.

LEILA HUSSEIN GUNNED DOWN

It wouldn’t be surprising if Leila Hussein was being made an example of. This wouldn’t be the first time, nor the last time, in today’s brutalized Iraq

Muslim Comedians in the U.S.: A PBS Special

Prior to the premiere, I was given an opportunity to interview several of the comedians, and here is what we talked about:

Gaza: What Can You Expect?

If you feel that your very existence is under siege, who do you turn to? That’s right, the guys with the guns.

The Exploitation of Sufiah Yousof

Let’s weep crocodile tears for Sufiah Yousof while enjoying the furtive thrill of seeing a good girl from a Muslim family go bad!

Amman In Winter

…the threat of terrorism in Amman is a whispered threat…. You want to relegate it to the ghost-world, to the realm of the Chupacabra and the Abominable Snowman.

Rasha Mahdi: Egyptian Caricaturist

Rasha Mahdi has been described as the first female Egyptian caricaturist.