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Samar Marwan


Samar Marwan is the accidental product of Palestinian refugees living between the West and Middle East. The San Francisco native is hella serious about PCRF, LGBT rights, and burritos. Through her online writings she is intent on breaking taboos in the Arab world and liberating the white man from orientalism. Currently, she is planning a revolution against the hipsters. Send her your love (or hate) at HellaSamar or samar@scoopempire.com.

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

  To the men we call yaba, baba, bobs or daaaaaaaaad. The men who taught us everything from tying our shoes to changing a tire. You were the first superhero we knew and are still just as heroic. In your eyes, we are a nawari excuse for a child, but you’d never hesitate to claim […]

5 Reasons You Should Drop Everything and Fly to Mykonos Right Now

5 Reasons You Should Drop Everything and Fly to Mykonos Right Now

The Greek island of Mykonos is a majestic place surrounded by turquoise waves, lush sand, culture and beautiful maze-like cobblestone streets. This cosmopolitan island is one of the top summer destinations; it has been the “in” spot for years, hosting the most ravishing beach parties and welcoming world renowned celebrities to their memorable summer vacations. […]

These Muslim Americans Prove That Ramadan Connects Us All

These Muslim Americans Prove That Ramadan Connects Us All

Every Ramadan, NGO Islamic Relief USA delivers food packages to 30 countries around the world. In a form of displaying the beauty and diversity of Ramadan around the globe, Islamic Relief USA decided to share the stories of 30 Muslims from all over the world and how their heritage and traditions are intertwined in their Ramadan and Eid […]

This Video of Batman Playing with a Refugee Kid Will Literally Shatter Your Heart into Pieces

This Video of Batman Playing with a Refugee Kid Will Literally Shatter Your Heart into Pieces

  War Child Holland released a video on June 30, 2016 of a young refugee boy playing around the refugee camp he lives in with Batman. We soon realize that Batman is not actually there, and it was the boy’s dad all along. “Fantasy is often the only way to escape reality,” the video says. […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Visit Syrian Refugees in Greece

‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Visit Syrian Refugees in Greece

  Game of Thrones‘ stars Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) visited refugee camps in Greece with the International Rescue Committee‘s campaign “Rescue Has No Boundaries.” The stars called out EU leaders for their lack of efforts in helping refugees stranded in Greece. The campaign, using the hashtag #RealmToTheRescue, was […]

RamaScoops 2016: EG Bank’s New Ads Will Literally Make Your Life Easier

RamaScoops 2016: EG Bank’s New Ads Will Literally Make Your Life Easier

  Another major sector trying to get share of the hearts and minds (and hopefully investments) of consumers are banks. One bank that caught our attention was EG Bank! Ramadan is filled with many notions of simplicity and complexity, heck daily life is filled with struggling to find the balance between the two. This holy month, EG Bank […]

Q&A: Nouran Khalifa, the Egyptian Fashion Photographer You Need to Watch out For

Q&A: Nouran Khalifa, the Egyptian Fashion Photographer You Need to Watch out For

  Young, ambitious women prosper everyday in defeating the so many stereotypes they’re born with in the Middle East, particularly by succeeding in their careers and personal growth. Nourhan Khalifa is one of these women. The self-taught photographer has made a name for herself in Egypt’s fashion scene, from taking over our Instagram feed to […]

Egypt to Ban the Use of Debit Cards Abroad Days Before Eid

Egypt to Ban the Use of Debit Cards Abroad Days Before Eid

  Reuters reported on Wednesday that “Egypt has ordered banks to prevent customers from using debit cards based on their Egyptian pound accounts when they go abroad.” The news came from central bank officials who received the command from the government in order to deal with the country’s foreign currency deficit.   The news comes […]

I Was a Girlfriend for 12 Hours and This Is What Happened

I Was a Girlfriend for 12 Hours and This Is What Happened

  In life we learn from our experiences. Well, some of us do…most of the time. Some like myself have to learn things the hard way, and by hard, I mean the pain that we sometimes inflict on ourselves and others. Causalities in your personal life journey is practically unavoidable, but we’re only human and we’re prone […]

Here’s Why Tseppas Will Give You #Ka7kGoals This Ramadan

Here’s Why Tseppas Will Give You #Ka7kGoals This Ramadan

  Every Eid, my house is filled with several generations of family, from the newborns to college grads to teta’s bustling around the house, filling up seconds, snapping selfies, and pouring shai. When it comes time to dessert there was no shortage of sweet treats, but by far the family favorite was my mom’s homemade ka7k. As my […]

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