January 5, 2020

Ahmed was playing with the three round pebbles he collected from the dirt.

He threw them around in the air,

and caught them at his whims

He tossed the fates of the pebbles

just like the people of the world

had tossed his.

Ahmed cheered along the birds that failed to chirp.

He could play for as long as he wanted;

mama would not call him for dinner.

Not today. Not ever.

Ahmed knew little of where mama was,

even littler of what became of baba.

He lived with the strangers of his tribe

in plastic tents that got too cold too soon,

too hot to nap in, and too flooded to live in.

Blankets were sparse. Food was scarce. 


Photos taken by Aniket Rajesh

As the tasks and duties of the upcoming conference are approaching, we took the opportunity to unwind one last time during our annual AUSMUN Barbecue, held Nov. 25 on campus.
Amongst the frenzy of games, endless conversations, and insistent clamoring for the steady supply of kebabs, we got to know members of our organizing teams as well as students from across AUS.
Professors, students, and staff enjoyed a delicious spread of barbecued chicken, mutton, and beef. People munched on smores and biscuits as they waited in line for their meals.

The event featured a ‘Netfl...

November 21, 2019

The Amazon fires caught the world’s attention as it flooded the news and our social media platforms this year. We heard people’s concerns regarding the environment, economy, and the political climate in Brazil. However, these fires are not only a large-scale catastrophe because they harmed indigenous communities, who are now displaced as a result.

The native tribes of Brazil have been protecting and living within the rainforest for centuries; however, livelihood has been put aside by capitalistic interests. They lost the forest, their crops, and the home they depend on for their wellbeing.

Their pain...

March 4, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY — The American University of Sharjah’s 2019 Model United Nations Conference, which took place Feb. 21-23 featured its first UNESCO Arabic speaking panel.

The committee was established with the input of AUS’s Translation Department regarding the proper terminologies to use during the sessions.

AUS international studies student and UNESCO moderator Eiman Al Shareif said that the delegates exceeded their expectations.

“We didn’t expect them to be so amazing,” she said.

Given that Arabic is one of the UN’s official languages, incorporating the language in the conference provided students wit...

March 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY – Secretary-General Natasha Nazi shared her personal experience and acknowledged her women colleagues’ efforts in a speech Feb. 22 at the American University of Sharjah’s 12th annual Model United Nations opening ceremony.

After thanking “every person present” and her colleagues who supported her even when her ideas were “crazy,” Nazi shared her five-years-long experience with AUSMUN.

Reflecting on her freshman year, she said that she was unsure whether being part of such an organization would suit her but she found that it was precisely her “fit.”

Nazi then extended a special thanks to...

March 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY — The American University of Sharjah’s 12th annual Model United Nations marked itself as an opportunity for students to gain near-authentic journalistic experiences.

In preparation for the 2019 AUSMUN newsletter, the journalism team scattered around campus covering various aspects of the event ranging from the opening ceremony to the delegates’ experiences.

Having to complete their articles before the conference was over, students worked under tight deadlines.

AUS journalism and public relations student, Frederikke Christiansen said in a Feb. 24 interview that the experience had a "real...

December 8, 2018

November 27, 2018

The past couple of years have marked monumental milestones for women pursuing leadership positions. It was the first time in American history a woman was nominated for presidency by a major party. While Hillary Clinton narrowly missed that opportunity, Ethiopia, Estonia and Taiwan elected their first female presidents and major cities, such as Tokyo and Rome, elected their first female mayors. Yet despite these advancements, women still lack presence in executive positions. This begs the question: how does the glass ceiling remain undamaged under the heavy pressure of women fighting against it?


November 14, 2017

It's been 7 years

Seven years of hurting

Seven years of bleeding

Seven years of losing

On and on 

And then repeat

A ravaged indestructible war that knocked on every door and passed by every street

Turned every nook and cranny

Leaving a mark, a scar on each beautiful soul

Sometimes too deep to heal 

It broke us apart, scattered and divided 

No more do I return every summer

No more can I walk in her streets without worry

No more can I be proud of my country

She is unrecognizable, her cities torn and her rivers stained red

War has become her normality

She sleeps to the sounds of bombs dropping on her cities and wakes...

July 9, 2016

“Sometimes it is better to avoid facts” I heard my mother say after continuous terrorist attacks and a series of unpleasant news regarding people killing their own parents and siblings. For few hours after the last terrorist attack in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), I sat down to think if this would ever stop. There had been enough blood flowing on the grounds that can make someone think that the soil learned to drink blood instead of water in order to flourish.

I started reading but as soon as I did, I felt trapped within numerous facts but distant from the one that actually holds...

June 25, 2016

On the 23rd of June the United Kingdom held a referendum on the issue of whether or not the nation should or should not leave the European Union (EU). The voter turnout was the highest ever since the 1992 general elections, attracting nearly 71% of eligible voters. The votes were tallied and the results came as a shock to many. With a grand total of 52% for and 48% against the people of the Kingdom voiced their wish to leave.

On 8 am the 24th of June the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, announced that he will be resigning so as to allow a new prime minister to preside over the pro...

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