The Islamic State Documentary by VICE News Review

Medyan Dairieh, a VICE journalist and filmmaker, spent three weeks alone embedded in the Islamic State in June 2014. The product of this dangerous venture was a documentary called “The Islamic State” that revealed what life was like inside the capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa.

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I will run a half marathon before I graduate, even if it kills me.

I ran two miles today for the first time in two years.

Somehow through the heaving of my breathing, I decided that I will run a half marathon before I graduate, even if it kills me. (Even if I get last place.)

I have been brainstorming ideas for a New Year’s Resolution recently because I have never done one before. I only have a year and a half of college left, I’m nearly 21 years old, and I can feel real adulthood biting at my ankles (as I slowly try to run away). Some good ol’ New Year’s Resolutions could do me some good. Afterall, I have discovered that I work best when I have specific, challenging goals outlined for myself.

Since it is December already, I figured that I might as well start today because I do have a long way to go (pun intended).

So I’m starting this new category for my blog, called “My Life,” and in it I will be posting about some goals that I will be setting for myself prior to my graduation.

I would love to hear some tips from people who have gone the “couch potato” to half marathon route or experienced runners.

Covering Islam by Edward Said Book Review

Edward W. Said is a well-known Palestinian intellectual who wrote Covering Islam during the 1980s after the Iranian Revolution. This book was the third in a series that sought to critically analyze the West’s understanding of itself and Islam. Covering Islam had three different parts: Islam as News, The Iran Story and Knowledge and Power. Although this book is over 30 years old, Covering Islam is relevant as ever because the perception of Islam is still at the mercy of the media.

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