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5.8.08

United States vs. Syria: American girl

An eye-opening article from New York Magazine: "American Girl" tells the story of a Syrian-born, Arabic immigrant and her family as they were abruptly woken in the night at their homes and arrested as conspirators against the U.S. They were several of thousands of Arabs who were denied basic Constitutional rights in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Rasha is a petite five foot four. She walks with a feather step and looks at you with penetrating obsidian eyes. Her lips are often lightly glossed in pink, and her serious brown hair is commonly tied in a librarian’s bun. She’s fine-boned, with features as brittle and hard as porcelain: If you drop her, she’ll break, but she’ll cut you, too. She’s tough and tender, enraged and exhausted, withdrawn and outgoing, a pessimist brimming with hope.

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