Joseph Mayton

SAN FRANCISCO: Cars slowed and honked as the rain began to drizzle on the 150 concerned citizens as they held up signs, "Don't Bomb Syria."For an hour on Monday evening, protesters came together in a show of discontent across the San Francisco Ba... more

Sep 10, 2013 7:06 PM Dispatches

Videos are making the social media rounds in Egypt that show Muslim Brotherhood supporters shouting, "I am a martyr," before entering the battles that have been taking place across Egypt's streets over the past several days."The concept of being ... more

Aug 18, 2013 9:48 PM Dispatches

Egypt is a country, quite literally, on fire, after the military and police attacked a sit-in by ousted President Mohamed Morsi's supporters on Wednesday, killing more than 600 of them. Backers of the former leader then set fire to churches acros... more

Aug 16, 2013 12:46 PM Dispatches

This Friday, Americans will get a glimpse of what could be one of the most important documentaries of the year. It's called "Blackfish," and it details the emotional and physical trauma related to the kidnapping and forced servitude of orcas at s... more

Jul 11, 2013 6:06 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

When an estimated 33 million people took to the streets of Egypt on Sunday, violence was expected to erupt en masse.Instead of a day of frustration and anger, it quickly turned into a day of happiness and hope, with Egyptians coming together in w... more

Jul 2, 2013 8:38 PM Dispatches

This is where we are today, as a country and a society.You can't even hold an Arab American film festival in Dearborn, Michigan, a center of the Arab American community in this country.The festival was supposed to run this month, but last month t... more

Jun 18, 2013 11:08 PM Dispatches

It is early morning in San Francisco and a few elderly men are walking out of one of the few mosques in the city. They look just like everyone else on the street, but their Arabic gives them away. One of the men, 63-year-old Jamal from Syria, is ... more

May 8, 2013 4:15 PM Dispatches

San Francisco is supposed to be our liberal enclave in America. Green, accepting, and open. But on Wednesday morning on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), while checking e-mail via my phone, a middle-aged man scoffed at seeing a press release in ... more

Apr 24, 2013 11:40 PM Dispatches

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the "Jon Stewart" of Egypt, is responding to the recent controversy over his satire by telling people to lighten up.Youssef told The Progressive that the future of Egypt will depend on people maintaining their sense of humo... more

Apr 9, 2013 7:29 PM Dispatches

Why more women are breaking the fear barrier. more

Dec 12, 2011 2:30 PM Magazine

After 18 days of demonstrations that saw millions of Egyptians take to the streets in demanding an end to 30 years of President Hosni Mubarak, they can now declare victory. more

Feb 12, 2011 3:46 PM Dispatches

By Joseph Mayton Much commentary in the United States has attempted to liken the current Egyptian revolution to that of Iran in 1979. Alleged experts on CNN, FOX News and other major outlets have linked the Muslim Brotherhood to anti-Americani... more

Feb 4, 2011 9:57 PM Dispatches