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From One Arab Man to Mona Eltahawy: Thank You!

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:40 AM

It is intriguing that the sharpest responses to Mona Eltahawy's Why Do They Hate Us came from two Arab men, while the reaction of the majority of Arab women varied between the lame "both men and women are oppressed in Arab countries" and the redundant "women are oppressed...

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Alhurra and the Arab Spring

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 11:47 AM

There is one thing in common between Congress-funded Arabic TV, Alhurra, and countries of the Arab Spring. Both have unaccountable leaders, who have been in place since forever, and who look like they are staying indefinitely.

Alhurra and its sister Radio Sawa are operated by the Middle East Broadcasting Network...

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State of the Union 2012: The Return of the Superpower

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 10:48 AM

When the economy of a militarily-bruised America stood on the brink of collapse in September 2008, the end of the superpower dominated the news, think tank reports and academic circles. Over the past few months, however, America has been showing a sure -- even if bumpy -- comeback.

The United...

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The DC Rent Bubble and the "Quick Buck" Business Model

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Declining unemployment, growth in the last quarter of 2011 and "in-sourcing" that brings manufacturing jobs back to America are all great news for this nation. However, more remains to be done if we plan to save American businesses and consumers from the delusions of prosperity of the past three decades.

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The China Scare

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:18 PM

China's economic growth has left the West in awe. Some, like The Economist, believe that the East's rise and the West's decline are inevitable. Others, like Coca-Cola chief Muhtar Kent, argue that the developing world has been "learning very fast" while the developed one has forgotten...

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There Will Be No Civil War in Syria

(12) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 1:11 PM

Despite all the doom and gloom by analysts, many of them my friends like Hussein Ibish, David Igantius and Nicholas Blanford, who argue that civil war in Syria looks inevitable, I disagree. I rather believe that until this minute, there are no signs that...

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Review: 'Faith Misplaced' by Ussama Makdisi

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 11:56 AM

In Beirut cafes, middle-aged men debate politics. They blame the Sykes Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration for all the Arab ills. They rant against colonial powers, Europe and later America. In Arab circles today, this has come to be known as the "Wooden Rhetoric."

Ussama Makdisi takes this Wooden...

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Why Syria's Assad Regime Will Fall

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 11:48 PM

This has been beyond the wildest of dreams, but the regime of Syria's Bashar Assad will probably fall.

Compared to other Arab autocrats, the Assad regime has been arguably the most repressive. Because of its exceptionally inflexible nature, the Assad regime has no room to entertain any compromise with opponents...

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Time for a Syrian Revolution

(15) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 2:15 PM

"I know we've had political differences, but there are only about a hundred people in Syria who care about political differences. We can easily throw them in jail," Hafez Assad told a political opponent he was trying to win over to his side, according to Joseph Kraft, reporting for...

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Mubarak Just Does Not Get it

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 4:17 PM

So delusional Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has become that, during his speech to the nation, he said "it is not about my person." He is wrong. His speech caused more frustration and will invite more chaos on the country. The question to Mr. Mubarak is: How many million Egyptians should...

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Hezbollah vs. the World

(24) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 10:50 AM

Even if the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) finds members from Hezbollah, or senior Syrian officials, involved in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, no one believes that international justice will have the muscle to punish any of the criminals. What is puzzling, however, is how Hezbollah,...

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Cohen's Hallucinations in The New York Times

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 7:18 PM

There is nothing worse than a shallow columnist pontificating about what should and should not happen in a country he discovered only last week. Roger Cohen, of The New York Times, reported from Beirut to correct what he believes to be America's illusions: The Lebanese need no justice; they better...

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Why Lebanese Diplomacy Is Irrelevant in Washington

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 6:20 PM

Beauty pageants often arch an eyebrow in today's climate of political correctness. But, when it comes to Lebanese-American Rima Fakih, the current Miss USA, women's rights activists have mostly looked the other way to not spoil Lebanon's bulging pride in her achievements. The Lebanese embassy in Washington, however,...

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Broken Washington: The Cases of Zogby and the Brookings Institute

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 1:18 PM

President Barack Obama has excelled in domestic policies from healthcare and financial reform to education improvement and tax adjustments. But when it comes to foreign policy, Obama deserves a big bold F.

Why the failure? Stories of Washington's self-proclaimed experts and think tanks for hire might give us some...

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Movie Review: Carlos

(12) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 6:05 PM

The series Carlos premiered on Sundance channel during the second week of October 2010.

Writing a critique about this Canal Plus drama is agonizing. The cast is perfect. The historicity of events is closest to the known record. Drama buildup is impeccable, despite the length of this three part series.

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Your Guide to Lebanon's Messy Politics and Impending Civil War

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 6:49 PM

In Lebanon, the main players are:

1. Hezbollah and the Muslim Shiites represent close to quarter of the population. Historically, the majority of the Shiites were peasants, but their fortunes changed with a boom in their population and the outbreak of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Since then,...

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What Does Joe the Plumber Want?

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 12:20 PM

Despite their best efforts and the Pledge to America, the Tea Party and the GOP have not produced a coherent platform for fear that they might drive away this or that segment of conservative voters. Yet amidst their purposeful vagueness, they have found it best to stick with the populist...

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Book Review: The Betrayal of American Prosperity by Clyde Prestowitz

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 5:37 PM

The Betrayal of American Prosperity is the best book in its genre. Clyde Prestowitz masterfully and meticulously explained the reasons behind an ailing American economy.

The book opens with a theme - recurrent thereafter - that the American economy was in fact not as strong as many Americans believed...

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Remaking the Middle East in Syria's Image

(11) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 12:08 PM

Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group, and his subordinate Peter Harling, the Damascus-based head of the Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria Project at ICG, co-authored the lead story in the September/October issue of the prestigious Foreign Affairs magazine.

In terms of...

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The Case for the Mosque, Mohammed Cartoons, And Freedom...

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 5:28 PM

Muslim-Americans should be free to build a mosque near Ground Zero or anywhere else in the United States. But while they enjoy this inalienable constitutional right, they should also work on promoting the very same freedom that they benefit from.

When Comedy Central censored images of Prophet Mohammed on TV...

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