What a difference 10 years makes

A decade ago, I was a videographer/journalist. It’s so cringe to watch now. What a different time…

Taqasim- Simon Shaheen

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful

Conversion to Islam

 Don’t judge me. I’d like to think my skills have come a long way since then.
Peace and Pistachios,

It’s in my DNA

Hello Folks!

As a Palestinian, I always imagined that my ancestral history was coloured with the many territorial conquests of what is often defined as the Middle East. I’ve always wanted to do one of those DNA tests that tell you where you’re “really from.” But those things can be quite pricey and anyone who knows me knows that I’m living on a pinch these days. Now, somehow, don’t ask me how because I don’t remember, I found out about this free study called Genes for Good that is being done through the University of Michigan. I filled out a couple of surveys and questionnaires about myself and they sent me a spit kit. It was kind of icky, but I got through the spit kit experience and mailed my sample in. Being a free test and all, they did warn me that it would take months to get my results back. There are tons of participants, so it only makes sense. You can’t argue with free, am I right? This week, I finally got my results. The results are a tad general and I’d be interested to get some more specific results, but I’m satisfied and intrigued to learn more about my history.

Here I am. This is me:


I did have the option to request the raw data, which I did. I received it, and while they did give me some instructions on how to read it, I can’t seem to make sense of it. Maybe I can learn more about myself through this raw data, but I could use some help trying to break it down. Any suggestion? Drop me a line at heba@dartmouth.edu if you have any grand ideas or some user-friendly data software suggestions.

Or just get in touch because now that you know a little about me, it’d be cool to learn a little about you too.

Peace and Pistachios,



Because apparently, you can’t have too many versions of a CV

Writer copy


Heba Issa (1)

Heba Issa copy 3

Heba Issa copy 5

Messing About with the Many #Canva #Resume #Template













Iran Researcher Job posted by: Human Rights Watch Posted on: August 18, 2015

Job description



Middle East / North Africa Division

Application Deadline: 15 September 2015

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Iran Researcher with the Middle East & North Africa (“MENA”) Division. The researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy strategy on Iran, and probably an additional MENA country. Ideally, the position will be based in New York, Washington, DC, London, or in the Middle East region.


1. Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field;

2. Conduct fact-finding missions in Iran (if possible) and in other countries, as needed and if security permits;

3. Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on the findings of your research;

4. Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices;

5. Present human rights and humanitarian law issues and concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media to promote civilian protection and human rights reforms;

6. Work closely with relevant local and international human rights organizations and activists to ensure that the work of HRW in Iran complements and enhances their work;

7. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate;

8. Liaise effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;

9. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, in order to carry out research and advocacy; and

10. Perform other duties as required.


Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, history or social sciences is strongly preferred.

Experience: A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights issues or humanitarian law, ideally in the Middle East and/or North Africa, is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Farsi are required.

2. Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate important human rights developments in Iran is required.

3. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses, are required.

4. Ability to identify and advise on strategies to conduct research and advocacy is required.

5. Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines is required.

6. Strong initiative and follow-through, capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, and dynamic public speaking skills are required.

7. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.

8. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work under pressure are required.

9. Ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the media and electronic media to further goals are required.

10. Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events is required.

11. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is essential.

12. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international humanitarian law is strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

How to apply

Contact: Please apply immediately or by 15 September by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others)to menajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Iran Researcher Application Ref: MENA-15-1063″ as the subject of your email.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY, 10118, US
This job can be performed from a remote location.


Application deadline
September 15, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus