Born in Edmonton, Canada, RELATIVITY OnLine's Editor-in-Chief has a BA in English Literature from the University of Calgary and an MA in Creative Writing, with a specialization in biographical and auto-biographical research, from Warnborough College in Dublin, Ireland. Hohol has worked or studied in North American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European circles of Education and has been a published writer since 2005. After several years in Japan, working in the city of Tokyo, he currently resides in Dubai, UAE, where he serves as the Vice Principal at the Institute of Applied Technology in Ajman. From Rwanda to Sudan, Iran to North Korea, Hohol has been a visitor to more than forty countries. His global odyssey provides RELATIVITY OnLine with its grounding force of multiplicity.
Born in Bombay, India, RELATIVITY OnLine’s own resident guru, Divyaa Kummar is a spiritual facilitator and fellow traveler for all those on the journey towards Self. She does not consider herself an academic, describing all she expresses as intuitive, rising from somewhere within her. Using words to take her readers beyond words, Kummar’s goal is to reach out with open arms through discourse, channeling, meditation and writing. Constantly awakening to her own infinite nature and sharing it with ‘other' aspects of Self, Kummar works towards discovery and awakening, each and every day. A graduate of Bombay’s Xavier College, Kummar runs her spiritual blog at www.divyaakummar.com
Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Staff Writer Lute wa Lutengano is RELATIVITY OnLine's elder statesman. With his extensive international and humanitarian background, we count ourselves as priviledged to have him with us. Lutengano has a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and Thearte Arts from the University of Dar es Salaam and studied journalism at the University of Berlin in Germany. His diverse career includes stops in the feilds of marketing, public relations, and publishing, and he now works for the United Nation's Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. With his geopolitcal and media based background, Lutengano offers RELATIVITY OnLine a pure and well-seasoned perspective of our ever-changing world.
Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, Staff Writer Eman Al Nafjan is the daughter of a Saudi Military Officer, moving often and throughout Saudi Arabia as a child. She later spent a significant portion of her childhood living in the United States. Al Nafjan has a BA in English Literature from the University of Riyadh and a Master's Degree from the University of Birmingham in England. Currently she is working towards a PhD in linguistics. Her exposure to both domestic and international plurality brings with it a multi-layered understanding of her own region and unique perspective of our world. More than anything, her varied background instills within her a deep-seeded interest in culture. A courageous and transparent writer who uses both humor and passion in her work, Al Nafjan offers RELATIVTY OnLine another unique perspective and further still, true insight into heart of the sometimes mysterious Gulf Culture of the Middle East. She also runs her own very enlightening blog at http://saudiwoman.wordpress.com/
Born in Bangladesh in the port city of Chittagong and raised in the mega city of Dhaka, RELATIVITY OnLine's newest contributor is simply known as Rezwan. Growing up in an urban sprawl that reaches nearly thirteen million souls, the crowded, tough and dirty streets of Dhaka forged a man of principle and realism. He later left his home country for Europe, which included several years of study in Germany. He has since relocated once again, this time to Indonesia, where he now calls Jakarta home. A business executive who has worked with local conglomerates and multinational companies, Rezwan describes writing as the ultimate freedom of expression, which he in turn feels is a fundamental cog in the wheel of our own humanity. Like so many others, he sees the mainstream media as having lost much of its importance, especially in the foreign correspondent front, because citizen media is providing a much wider context and deeper perspectives. Rezwan is the current regional editor of Global Voices Online South Asia division and runs his own intriguing blog entitled The 3rd World View
Born in the city of Doha and raised in the tiny desert nation of Qatar, Staff Writer Lama J. is one of millions of displaced Palestinians. A Jordanian national, she received her BA in English translation from Applied Science University in Amman, Jordan. Not long after graduating, she left the Middle East for Europe, taking a job in Germany and later, Switzerland. Over the years, she has worked and travelled through places as diverse as Libya, Syria, Holland, Canada, China and Thailand, and currently works as a financial analyst for one of the world's largest investment banks. Without question, she best represents RELATIVITY OnLine's benevolent spirit.
Born and raised in Uganda's Western District of Mbarara, Staff Writer Arinaitwe Rugyendo is a young media entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Makerere University in Kampala and is currently working towards a Master's in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester in England. Rugyendo has worked in the field of journalism for more than a decade and currently is co-owner and operator of 'Red Pepper', Uganda's leading daily tabloid newspaper. He maintains his country has as a unique and important story, grounded in its fervent support of liberation movements in the DRC, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, Burundi and Somalia, that needs to be told. Outspoken, undeviating, and unafraid to the speak the truth, Rugyendo represents RELATIVITY OnLine's candid search for realistic portrayals of the world in which we all live. Rugyendo's newspaper can also be seen online at http://www.redpepper.ug/
Born in Thompson, Canada, Staff Writer James O'Hearn has long followed a passion for the written word. He has a BA from York University in Toronto and is currently working towards an MFA from the University of British Columbia, both in the discipline of Creative Writing. While in Toronto, O'Hearn also hosted CHRY 105.5FM’s literary interview show “Covered & Bound” where he interviewed authors from Canada and around the world. An international and world travelled educator, he is the father of of two and splits his time between caring for his children, and looking out for the welfare of his students. RELATIVITY OnLine's resident satirist, O'Hearn runs his own blog at http://jamesohearn.blogspot.com.
Born in Dubai, UAE Staff Writer Abdulla Abdulsalam Belal is a recent graduate of one his country's most prestigious prep schools. Set to begin his first year of college, he hopes to major in media studies and communications. In his young life, Belal has seen his small country go from a empty patch of sand, closed to the oustide world and steeped in tradition, to the Hong Kong slash Las Vegas of the Middle East. Fueled by dynamism and plurality, Belal's unique perspective is fresh and unsullen, his thoughts revealing the future of his country and perhaps, the Arab world as a whole.
Born in New York City, Dr. Kazi Kearse spent most of his college years at Long Island University and received his doctorate in psychology from Southern California University For Professional Studies. A licensed mental health counselor, clinical hypnotherapist, author, and global citizen, his work combines all areas of his in-depth research which includes politics, science, and spirituality. Dr. Kearse once suffered under what he views as a bias and broken system of control. He sees economic tyranny as one of the factors that led to his own personal downfall, but what grew in it’s place was Liberation Psychology, a form of Abundance Thinking Dr. Kearse believes can free our minds from the downward spiral put in place by those who seek to oppress us. Dr. Kearse feels we've been lied to by the-powers-that-be throughout our entire lives. Our parents were lied to also, and their parents before them. Dr. Kearse believes this massive build up of systemic ignorance is leading us all to total disaster, and why today is a pivotal point in history. With his book Creating a New Normal: How To Manifest Abundance In The Age of Chaos, Dr. Kazi Kearse is seeking to guide us through the emotional minefield of today's raucous world and best represents RELATIVITY OnLine's call for all to wake up from their dogmatic slumber so as to regain a vision of truth and contentment. He can be found on Facebook, his blog and liveperson.com.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, USA, Larry Wohlgemuth brings with him a seasoned perspective and presents his views with a matter of fact and sometimes caustic style. Wohlgemuth sees today's mass media as being owned by a handful of major corporations who use it as an outlet for public relations and propaganda. He believes these companies then sell contrived notions of truth based on what they want the masses to believe and people everywhere constantly fall into line, carrying out mandates against their own self-interest as a result. Wohlgemuth can't help but howl at the moon when he sees examples of such mind-control and is driven to write for this very reason. He sees the overall American populace as some of the least informed and most jingoistic people on the planet, and it is his strongest desire to open people's eyes and reignite their questioning natures. Wohlgemuth runs his own informative blog at It Begs the Question and brings an unfiltered and immutable perspective to RELATIVITY OnLine's all star cast of international characters.