On Felections (Fake Elections), Pan Arab Anthems, and a False Sense of Achievement

On Felections (Fake Elections), Pan Arab Anthems, and a False Sense of Achievement **Disclaimer : this is written by previous writer and owner** By Sara Obeidat Last year, I attended my little brother’s high school graduation. As the ceremony commenced, the graduates sang the song “Nahnu El Shabab” (نحن الشباب) , a well-known old Pan Arabic anthem that translates to “We are the Youth”. “لنا العراق والشام ومصر والبيت الحرام “.  “Iraq, Syria, Jerusalem, and the House of God (Mecca), all belong to us.” By “us” the writer meant “the people.” The lyrics were recited in unison by the graduating class. The irony of those lines seemed almost comical. Iraq belongs neither to its people ...