"Gümüş, known in Arabic as "Noor," is one of the world's most popular soap operas. Released in Turkey by the MBC network, "Gümüş" won an estimated 85 million viewers throughout the Arab World during its first season in 2008."
Qatar's failure to confront appalling working and living conditions of its foreign workers is undermining the very purpose of its staging of the 2022 World Cup.
During the past three years, the Middle East has changed faster than anyone could have ever anticipated. At a time when sectarianism is on the rise and reformists are clearly losing momentum, where does this leave women?
Little better illustrates the inextricable link between sports and politics than the frequent perception of Middle Eastern and North African national football teams as representatives of repressive autocratic regimes.
Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.
With the return of General Tohamy as head of the feared and Egyptian General Intelligence Service, we have come full circle. General Tohamy, as recent investigations reveal, was central to the old dictatorship's corrupt system and brutal enforcement. We have witnessed a classic historical counter-revolution.
The deteriorating security situation throughout much of the Arab world underscores the need to urgently search for nonviolent methods of achieving stability. At the heart of the current unrest are not only political issues but also economic failures that are wiping out the vestiges of hope that remain after the region's recent revolutions.
The Washington tantrum that threatened the global economy over the last several weeks is no isolated instance of some peculiarly American dysfunction.
The bottom line is that after two years of turmoil beginning in the winter of 2011 Mohammed Morsi remains under what the Times describes as "indefini...
The recent and unprecedented Saudi decision to refuse its first-ever seat on the United Nations Security Council, and to downgrade cooperation with the United States, is as baffling as it is significant.
Even if the Arab Spring has not yet arrived in the Gulf, it is becoming apparent that the Saudi's world is changing. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies are under increasing pressure.
Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?
The story of this "other" media revolution is also a bit counterintuitive to an American audience, which readily identifies the Internet as an empowering and democratizing medium, but has a different experience domestically with the commercialization of news journalism.
In one country: a government shuts down resulting almost 83 percent of its citizens disapproving of its elected legislators. In another country: a government steps down in response to its citizens disapproval, which represented 72 percent of the total Tunisian population.
It seems to me that when it comes to the Middle East, rather than the universal goal regarding human rights that the UN had in mind ever being achieved, the proposed two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while it might prove a temporary solution, in the end will only prolong the outworn and divisive situation.
While Hagel clearly has his views of the world informed in part by a lifetime as a card-carrying Republican, he has shown himself to be the 'quiet do-er,' just getting things done.