Marwa Farag
Marwa Farag is a senior staff writer at The Stanford Daily. Previously, she was the managing editor of news, managing editor of the former features section, a features desk editor and a news writer.

Melissa Ketunuti M.D. ’07 violently murdered in Philadelphia

Melissa Ketunuti M.D. ’07, 35, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was found dead in the basement of her home in Center City, Philadelphia on Jan. 21. Exterminator Jason Smith, 36, was arrested and charged with murder, arson, abuse of a corpse and risking a catastrophe on Jan. 23. He is currently being…

Engineering professor to share $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant

Oyekunle Olukotun, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory, has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will share the research grant with Srinivas Aluru, professor of computer engineering at Iowa State University, and Wu-chun Feng, associate professor of computer science and electrical…

Ben-Ami advocates two state solution

Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of advocacy group J Street, advocated for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and open discussion on Israel within the American Jewish community in a talk Wednesday at the Black Community Services Center.

Kadhim traces history of rebellion in Islam

Revolution, rebellion and justice in Islam were the central themes of a Wednesday evening lecture by Abbas Kadhim, an expert on Islamic theology. Kadhim is a visiting scholar at Stanford and assistant professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

SUES calls for changes to advising

Academic advising has been recognized as an important part of undergraduate education at Stanford for over a century and has been delivered poorly for just as long, according to the recent Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. But changes may be on the way.

Air campaign set unethical precedent in Iraq, prof says

Associate Professor of History Priya Satia discussed the British invention of air control as a military surveillance tactic in Iraq during the interwar years. She said British perceptions of the region, which they called “Arabia,” allowed British officials to reconcile their ethical scruples with the violence of the tactic, and she added that these British experiences in Iraq have influenced Americans’ thinking about the region today.

UN representative challenges Middle East peace process

Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, spoke Monday at Stanford Law School on the “fundamental” flaws in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In the talk, titled, “Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why International Law Matters,” Falk expressed his pessimism at the possibility of peace emerging from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in its current form.

Knight Fellow alumni start Egypt project

At a moment when technology and journalism increasingly intersect, two former Stanford Knight Journalism Fellows have launched #18DaysInEgypt, a collaborative documentary project about the Egyptian Revolution. Co-creator Jigar Mehta and story producer Hugo Soskin are members of the Knight Fellowship class of 2011.

Eikenberry assesses U.S. role in Afghanistan

“We’ve done a lot there. We haven’t done it all well, but we should be proud of what we have done,” former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry M.A. ’94 said during his closing assessment of the United States’ role in Afghanistan. Eikenberry spoke to approximately 140 attendees about the transition to Afghan sovereignty in the Central Asian state Monday in Encina Hall’s Bechtel Conference Center.

Faculty react to State of the Union address

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” said President Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, identifying income inequality as the “defining issue of our time.” About 100 freshmen gathered in Wilbur Dining to hear about this defining issue, and others issues President Obama touched upon in his address to Congress, through a panel discussion with Stanford faculty members from various disciplines.

Co-ops over time

"There’s not much support for alternative lifestyles these days," said Richard Korry '77, 35 years ago. A brief history of co-ops at Stanford from 1941 to the present.

Artist presents interpretive Qur’an project

Artist Sandow Birk presented his American Qur’an project as part of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies event series “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics.” The project is Birk’s attempt to hand-transcribe the entire Qur’an, illuminating the text with scenes from contemporary American life.

Morozov probes Internet’s role in new democracies

Evgeny Morozov, visiting scholar in the Program on Liberation Technology at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), delivered a talk on Thursday evening on the role of the Internet in the democracy debate in regards to the Arab Spring.

Scholars consider binationalism

A panel on binationalism in Israel and Palestine prompted lively discussion Monday evening and ultimately ended on a hopeful note. The panel, titled “Theory, Art and Action: Jewish and Palestinian voices toward binationalism,” featured American-Israeli artist Udi Aloni, English professor Hilton Obenzinger Ph.D. '97 and Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) visiting scholar Miriam Abu Sharkh.

Faculty weigh in on Colonel Qaddafi’s death

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) declared the liberation of Libya on Oct. 23 following the Oct. 20 capture and death of military dictator Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi. Col. Qaddafi’s death marks the end of Libya’s six-month civil war, which was preceded by mass protests starting February of this year.

Achcar discusses MENA revolutions

Gilbert Achcar, professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, delivered a lecture Wednesday evening on the roots and dynamics of the 2011 revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Clock is ticking against Arab autocracies, Benchemsi said

Ahmed Benchemsi, visiting scholar at the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies’ Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), delivered a talk on Thursday titled, “The Illusion of Democracy: How Morocco’s Absolute Monarchy Managed the Arab Spring.”
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