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Ahmed Shihab-Eldin
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Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a host/producer for HuffPost Live. Previously he launched, produced and was co-host on Al Jazeera English's award-winning social-media show, The Stream.

He has most recently worked for Doha Film Institute, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Times, and PBS Wide Angle. His work has been featured in FRONTLINE/World, TimeOut, Washington Week and other blogs.

He received his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he also taught New Media Skills as an adjunct professor, and his B.S. from Boston University. In 2008 he won a Webby Award for a multimedia project titled "Defining Middle Ground: The Next Generation of Muslim New Yorkers," along with two colleagues.

He is originally Palestinian, and grew up in California, Kuwait, Egypt and Vienna.

Entries by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Davos to Detention: Why I Hate Coming Home to America

(139) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:20 PM

It's not easy coming back home to America when your name is Ahmed. 

I want to look forward to returning home from a trip abroad, but thanks to my name or as the TSA officer put it -- my "profile" -- I've come to dread it. 

The last four times...

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Gaza Suffers Through 7-Week Power Outage And Massive Floods

(27) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Severe flooding caused by heavy snowfall and torrential rains has left Gaza in chaos, with aid agencies warning of a crisis for refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters. The entire area has suffered from fuel shortages and daily electricity cuts, including 21-hour blackouts.

With water stretching as far...

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WorldBrief August 1, 2013: Egypt Protest Crackdown, Uruguay Marijuana Legislation, Vietnam Censorship, Assad Instagram & More (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:17 PM

In HuffPost Live's WorldBrief, we take a look at stories trending from around the world that you should care about today.

Egypt Urges Morsi Supporters To End Protest

Uruguay Takes Step Towards Marijuana Legalization

New U.S. Drone Strike In Yemen

Prime Minister: Zimbabwe Vote 'Huge Farce'

Vietnam Clamps Down On Social Media Postings

July Deadliest Month In Iraq Since 2008

Sochi Athletes Subject To Russia's Anti-Gay Law

U.S., Pakistan To Resume High-Level Negotiations

Jesuit Priest Likely Kidnapped In Syria

U.S.: Assad's Instagram 'Despicable'

Israeli Orthodox Jew A Devout Drag Queen

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Wadah Khanfar Blasts Egypt's Military, Calls Out U.S. 'Hypocrisy,' Warns Of 'Collapse Of The Entire Region' (VIDEO)

(134) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Former Director General of Al Jazeera Wadah Khanfar joined me Monday for a wide-ranging conversation on the ongoing violence in Egypt, slamming the military's "horrific" crackdown on civilians and accusing the United States of hypocrisy, predicting both civil war in Egypt and the "collapse of the entire region" if there...

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The Big Lie Egypt's Military (And America!) Are Selling The World

(687) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:53 PM

The Egyptian people's embrace of the brutal military in Egypt is as baffling as it is burdensome to the country's fledgling democracy.

To understand the extent to which Egypt's military dominates its society, look no further than its economy: the military owns all kinds of businesses and sells all sorts...

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Egypt's American-Made Military: More Mistakes Than Morsi

(629) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Somewhere in a prison cell in Egypt former President Mubarak is laughing. Just two and a half years after millions took to the streets and forced him to step down after just 18 days, millions more flooded the streets again to topple President Morsi, the very man they elected to...

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Mohammed Assaf, My Palestinian Idol, Is More Popular Than His President

(103) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Palestinians have been losing for a long time; losing land, losing freedoms, and losing patience. But that is precisely what makes 23-year old Mohammed Assaf's victory on "Arab Idol" all the more profound.

With his winsome smile and powerhouse voice, the 23-year-old Palestinian wedding singer from

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Iraq, Drones & Islam's "Imminent Threat" To America: "Pre-empting" War By Waging It (Again)

(245) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:04 PM

In the summer of 1990, my family flew from Kuwait to Berkeley, California for our annual summer vacation. A few weeks later, Saddam Hussein sent his troops across the desert and invaded Kuwait, where much of my family remained, at the epicenter of invasion.

I was six years old at the time and...

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EGYPT: Dispelling the Secularist vs. Islamist Divide (VIDEO)

(65) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Egypt is as divided as it has ever been.

On December 15, a historic referendum is set to be held on a draft consitution that has further polarized the country, pinning supporters of President Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, against a galvanized opposition made up of liberals,...

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Israel-Palestine Violence Timeline: The Sobering Reality (INFOGRAPHIC)

(378) Comments | Posted November 24, 2012 | 10:36 AM

More than half of the 163 Palestinians killed last week during Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud in Gaza were civilians, including 37 children. In Israel, six were killed in the latest eight-day escalation; fortunately, no children were among them.

But the real human cost in these cycles of killing is...

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Egyptian Activists Cross Into Gaza

(912) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 10:27 AM

A convoy of about 500 Egyptian activists crossed into the Gaza Strip last week to deliver medical supplies and show solidarity with Palestinians as the conflict between Israel and Hamas raged on.

According to participants, the convoy of activists, many of whom were at the frontline of protests that...

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Gaza's Dirty Little Secret Finally Revealed By Reporters (VIDEO)

(494) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:10 PM

To ignore the role of Israel's occupation of Gaza is to ignore the fundamental fact needed to frame the latest escalation in reality rather than rhetoric and propaganda.

To do otherwise flagrantly falsifies the reality of the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the ground in Gaza.

The reality is complicated;...

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Terrorizing Gaza: Will Egypt Intervene? (VIDEO)

(178) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 3:54 PM

Fears of a full-scale ground war are increasing as fighting continued even during Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's three-hour visit to Gaza Friday morning. The United States has asked countries that have contact with Hamas, including Egypt, to urge the group to stop firing rockets from...

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Drones: The New Nuclear Arms Race? (VIDEO)

(39) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 1:44 PM

Everyone's got a drone, or so it seems.

It wasn't long ago that the U.S. had a monopoly on drones, but that is no longer the case. In fact, Israel -- not the U.S. -- is reportedly the world's largest exporter of drones, selling Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and...

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Sandy's Sobering Catalyst... Climate Change

(166) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:53 PM

I was alone in my bedroom in Brooklyn as the wind howled and tree trunks tore apart outside landing on my neighbor's front stoops.

I watched from my window as Hurricane Sandy stormed through America's northeast, killing at least 60 people in its path. Although I had declined several...

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The Hajj Explained: A Look Into Islam's Holy Pilgrimage (VIDEO)

(1080) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Millions of pilgrims are arriving in Mecca for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage that began on Wednesday, a journey all Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime, if they are able to make the expensive, difficult journey.

To give you a sense of what it entails,

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Egypt's Constitutional Clash: Liberals vs. Islamists (VIDEO)

(69) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 5:00 PM

If you thought Egypt's revolution was chaotic, than you haven't been following its constitutional process, which is all the more confusing.

Battles once predominantly fought in the streets during the days of the revolution have now evolved into a more fundamental battle -- one of identity.

The stakes...

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Will Qatar Ruler's $400 Million Pledge Break Gaza Blockade? (VIDEO)

(345) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 6:10 PM

In America, it is all too easy to forget about the millions of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation - and it should come as no surprise.

During Monday's foreign policy debate Obama and Romney fought throughout the debate over who was a more staunch supporter of Israel. The word...

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Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower: Obama The Lesser Of Two Evils

(239) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:33 PM

"A tool of Wall Street, a man who's decriminalized torture and is still complicit in it, a drone assassin, someone who's launched an unconstitutional war, supports kidnapping and indefinite detention without trial, and has prosecuted more whistleblowers like myself than all previous presidents put together."

That's how Daniel Ellsberg, the...

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The Human Cost Of Drones (WATCH)

(245) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 5:23 PM

When the mainstream media decides to cover the Obama administration's drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas and surrounding Muslim countries, they tend to neglect the human cost of drones.

The word "militant" is frequently sprinkled into headlines, but missing always, are the names of those killed. Many, including

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