• Sina Stieding in News

    What It's Like To Make Sense Of The Attacks, As Told By A Brussels Resident

    What It's Like To Make Sense Of The Attacks, As Told By A Brussels Resident

    Have you ever seen yourself or somebody you know on TV? The strange feeling of seeing something familiar through an unfamiliar lens usually evokes positive sensations from within our bodies. Being able to point to a TV and say, “I have been there,” is pretty cool. But today, a very familiar place to me was all over […]
  • Sina Stieding in Politics

    Egypt's Arrest Of Journalist Reflects Lack Of Respect For Human Rights

    Egypt's Arrest Of Journalist Reflects Lack Of Respect For Human Rights

    While Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, was visiting the United Kingdom and attending awkward meetings with David Cameron, some of his fellow Egyptians were having much bigger problems than trying to impress European leaders. It seems like Sisi was merely trying to get away from the problems in his country, and was away […]
  • Sina Stieding in News

    What I Learned After Traveling To Macedonia To Help European Refugees

    What I Learned After Traveling To Macedonia To Help European Refugees

    With the European refugee crisis being discussed all across the world through broadcast news, social media and everyday conversation, I wanted to do something other than speaking and writing about the situation. With a backpack much bigger than the ones most refugees carry with them when they leave their home countries, I left mine and went […]
  • Sina Stieding in Life

    3 Reasons Moving On Before You're Ready Won't Work In Your Favor

    3 Reasons Moving On Before You're Ready Won't Work In Your Favor

    “If one door closes, another will open,” they say. This short but simple sentence is supposed to make us believe that with every end, there's a new beginning. We've all heard this phrase, usually just after we've been dumped or lost a job. In these moments, it might be hard to accept that without an […]
  • Sina Stieding in Entertainment

    What ‘The Bachelorette' Finale Would Look Like In The Middle East

    What ‘The Bachelorette' Finale Would Look Like In The Middle East

    Last night, another glorious season of “The Bachelorette” came to an end. Kaitlyn Bristowe is engaged, and it seems her Prince Charming, Shawn Booth, is still willing to marry her. I watched these adorable TV moments, recorded thousands of miles away from me, in Egypt, where an equivalent show does not (and currently could not) exist. […]
  • Sina Stieding on "Call Me Caitlyn"

    #IAmCait: Why Caitlyn Jenner's “Coming-Of-Age” Is Important for All Of Us

    #IAmCait: Why Caitlyn Jenner's “Coming-Of-Age” Is Important for All Of Us

    While the world discussed whether Caitlyn Jenner deserved to be called a hero or not, I decided to watch “I Am Cait” with a minimal amount of expectation and prejudice. Being an LGBTQ advocate, I didn't have to worry about being shocked by what I'd see or feel uncomfortable about some of the issues being discussed. All […]
  • Sina Stieding in Women

    All Women Matter: What It's Like For A Foreign Female Living In Egypt

    All Women Matter: What It's Like For A Foreign Female Living In Egypt

    The past 10 months of my life have been the most challenging ones so far. I know, I know, the quarter-life crisis is never easy! But it's not the reality of being a 20-something in search for a purpose in life, or the horrific dating landscape, that dominates my life. It's the reality of being a woman in […]
  • Sina Stieding in Culture

    5 Ways All Of Us, Religious Or Not, Can Learn From The Month Of Ramadan

    5 Ways All Of Us, Religious Or Not, Can Learn From The Month Of Ramadan

    When the sun set on June 17, 2015, the Muslim world embarked on the Holy Month of Ramadan, an annual month of fasting and spiritual cleansing that an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims practice all over the world. Between dawn and sunset, fasting Muslims will not consume any food or drink, and throughout the month, an […]