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Human Rights Are Universal Without a 'But'

Elham Manea | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Elham Manea

I have always said I will stop writing when I give up hope in our ability to change and reform. So far, I have not stopped writing. Hope is still alive despite the disappointments, and these are plenty!

In the Middle East, Events Are Outpacing U.S. Policy

Philip Seib | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Five factors guarantee even rougher times ahead for the United States in the Middle East. Individually, they would be only somewhat disruptive; collectively, they are likely to cause major problems for years to come.

Fighting ISIL and Arab Democratization

Mihai Pătru | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Mihai Pătru

There is a mixed feeling of resignation and fear among the population in the region. This comes as a result of the pressure exercised on the population by the atrocities ISIL exhibited.

Killing Off Myths

James Zogby | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Some of the myths that drive Arab discourse about American behavior in the Middle East are fascinating for what they say about our relationship with the region. Though often profoundly wrong, they are nevertheless frustratingly persistent.

Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?

Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.

What's Happening in Jordan Today Shows How the Arab World's Strengths Are Also Its Weaknesses

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Rami G. Khouri

BEIRUT -- The immediate emotional reaction -- including mass anger -- among Jordanians to the brutal killing of air force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh by the Islamic State is totally understandable and justified; but behind the current wave of enraged sentiments and demands for revenge is a complex matrix of emotions, ideologies and state-building realities that reveal the deeper challenges that King Abdullah faces.

18 Outstanding Young Photographers From The Arab World

HuffPost Tunisia | Aymen Gharbie | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts

“Close to here: Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East” is an exhibition comprised of 18 young photographers from 10 Arab count...

Arab Media: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Rana sabbagh | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media
Rana sabbagh

In today's Arab world people are cowed, frightened and living under increasing repression. The press is frightened, too. How could it be otherwise in a region where an alliance of governments, private media businesses, and the public has set itself against dissenting voices, portrayed increasingly as a threat to state security?

Arabs' Public Diplomacy Vacuum

Philip Seib | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Leaving aside the fanatic fringe -- and it is just a fringe -- much of the world conflates "Muslim" and "Arab," although this is far from accurate. Many people seem willing to attribute the worst characteristics of a few to the many, and so the actions of a relatively small number of murderers can taint all 1.6 billion Muslims and 340 million Arabs.

The Syria I Miss

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Only by clinging steadfastly to a memory of a happy Syria can I believe that one day those who contributed to both sides of the current war will commit to help the victims of the conflict. Syrian refugees are dying in the cold, and the price of a jacket is far less than the price of a weapon.

Syria: The Way Forward, Without Illusions

James Zogby | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
James Zogby

It should be clear after four bloody years in Syria that if we are to make any progress moving forward, it is necessary to shed illusions and fantasies that have shaped too much of the discussion about the conflict.

The Year Ahead

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

As we head into a brand new year, the headlines are awash in news about our twin heartbreaks here in the Middle East. Oil is one part of the equation. The other is also commanding daily attention: I'm referring, of course, to the geopolitical drama involving Iraq and Syria.

It's Time for the US to Reconsider its Relationship With Egypt

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. diplomat, Michele Dunne, to attend a conference in Cairo.

On Human Rights Day, We Remember Salwa Bugaighis

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Hibaaq Osman

Today we spread the message that human rights are nothing if they are not universal. We seek justice for Salwa, not merely in the prosecution of her assassins, but in peace, security and democratic freedom for the people of Libya.

Militant Soccer Fans Reassert Their Key Role in Protest With Storming of Cairo Stadium

James Dorsey | Posted 02.05.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans stormed a Cairo stadium in advance of the second leg of crowned Cairo Al Ahli SC's African Confederation Cup final against Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport in a reassertion of the fans' key role in protest against the regime of toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

'World Press Trends 2014' Debunks Newspapers' Death

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.04.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Why Do They Hate Us?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

At a public meeting I recently attended, a woman stood up and asked me a question that gave me some pause: Why do the Arabs hate us so much? On its surface, hers was a simple, straightforward question. But when you stop to really think about it, the question is rather complex.

History of Islam and Western Civilization in Short Batches

Martin Shapiro | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Martin Shapiro

The book is A Short History of the Arab Peoples by Sir John Glubb, copyright 1969. This short volume of 300 pages is an executive summary of a four volume more detailed work by this author on the subject.

The Arab and Iranian Disconnect

James Zogby | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
James Zogby

Arabs should be reassured that their concerns are understood by the West. At the same time, the Iranian public needs to see the linkage between their economic woes and their government's nuclear ambitions and foreign policy.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

BlackbirdFX: Lebanon's Rising Animation Star

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What do you get when you mix twenty-something Lebanese talent, animation, and a market hungry for high-end 3-D fun?

We Need to Know More, But the 'Experts' Aren't Helping

James Zogby | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To hear these "experts" pontificating about Islam or Arab culture is more than annoying. It's downright dangerous. Instead of elevating the discourse, they dumb it down. And instead of making us aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they reduce them to simple and easy clichés.

Confronting ISIL: The Day and Decade "After"

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The international community is correctly determined to reverse the rise of ISIL by force. But ultimately armed conflict, counterterrorism and law-enforcement are insufficient to reverse the tide of violent extremism.