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Omran doesn't need tears, Ms. Bolduan... he needs us to do our jobs!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

No, I am not cruel nor am I insensitive. On the contrary, I think what would have definitely been insensitive was NOT to cry upon watching the recent ...

Merkel, Refugees And The Need For Arab Cultural Diplomacy

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

To bring back the topic to cultural diplomacy, I think Syrian refugees would be doing themselves a great favor if they show more keenness to integrate and respect the culture of their new home countries.

Arabs shouldn't celebrate Chilcot, nor be happy with Brexit

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.10.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Pity the Arabs, so desperate for a victory that many of us would even rush to celebrate a non-achievement, or even worse, an adversity. Two examples o...

How A Young Syrian Woman Built An Award-Winning Learning App

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.07.2016 | World

Motivated by a desire to rebuild Syria’s devastated economy, enterprising young women in the war-torn country are turning to tech to help others of ...

Attacking the Prophet's Mosque in Madina: Significance And Consequences

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Internal investigations are underway to reveal the identity of perpetrators and whether or not the attacks were coordinated. Until then, it is safe to say that all three cases carry ISIS-like fingerprints, both in terms of execution and motives.

On The Beach In Aqaba

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

I left Damascus in the morning, sharing a taxi with an Iraqi dentist who lived in Texas, a teenage boy from Daraa, and an old woman whose hands were permanently dyed indigo from years of clothes making.

From Russia With Love: Are Riyadh And Moscow Getting Closer?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Regardless of whether it can convince the Arab street of its stance, Moscow would benefit much more from a stronger presence on mainstream and credible Arabic media outlets.

Arab Media Forum 2016: Media for Good

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.14.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was a far cry from confabs just harping on how media disseminate hate speech, promote sedition, spread rumors, and are used for nefarious purposes....

From Cairo to Goldberg

James Zogby | Posted 04.30.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

The recent article in "The Atlantic" was disappointing in that it presents a portrait of a President who appears to have given up trying to deliver on the promise of his 2009 Cairo speech. He has resigned himself to an "unfixable" Middle East and "thrown in the towel", blaming the Arabs for this failure.

Jordan Backtracks On Decision To Ban Lebanese Rock Band Amid Outrage

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

Jordanian officials have backtracked on a decision they made last week to ban popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou Leila from performing in Amman's Roma...

The Children's Crusade

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
John Feffer

We adults can bewail the use of child soldiers by all those thuggish brigades around the world. But as in The Lord of the Flies, those young people are just enacting the savageries of their elders. They are both victims and perpetrators.

Sex 101 for the Arab World

Abir Sarras | Posted 04.12.2016 | Media
Abir Sarras

Love Matters Arabic is an online platform with corresponding social media pages that address love, intimacy, relationships, and everything in between. Our target audience is young Arabs, married and unmarried, between the ages 18-30.

Argentine Apology, MidEast Betrayal: One 'Dirty War' to the Next

Steve Koppman | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Steve Koppman

In Argentina where it no longer matters, Obama pays retroactive lip service to democracy. But ask people today across the Middle East -- in Egypt or Yemen, or Saudi Arabia, Gaza and the West Bank, or for that matter Syria -- if the U.S. supports democracy and self-determination.

The World Of Trump And Terror Is Overflowing With Hatred And Repression

Amr Hamzawy | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Amr Hamzawy

With every Daesh attack, Donald Trump inches closer and closer to clinching the nomination of the Republican Party for the U.S. presidential elections, and maybe even to claiming the presidency itself.

My Morocco, Why Are You So Homophobic?

Hicham Tahir | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Hicham Tahir

Today, two men were making love in the privacy of their home, when this terrorist pack decided to violate the privacy of love. Is it really that wrong, for two men, or two women to love each other?

The Turmoil in the Mideast Underlines the Erosion of the Arab State System

Kanan Makiya | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Kanan Makiya

Political power across the Middle East has fragmented, like a sheet of glass that shattered into a thousand pieces. Bringing back the "state" is the most urgent task facing the region. As any Palestinian -- or, nowadays, any Iraqi or Syrian -- will tell you, there is absolutely nothing worse than not having a state.

Review: Cleopatra's Wedding Present, Travels Through Syria

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Austin Blake Mullins

Around twenty years ago, a young English journalist by the name of Robert Tewdwr Moss packed his bags and headed to Syria. Much like his colonial forbearers of the previous century, Moss was drawn explicably to the romantic, even Orientalist ideals of this most Arab of nations.

Will Lebanese Papers Become Extinct?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.17.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The ax is falling fast on Lebanese journalists as word of newspapers going fully online or facing shutdown spread this week amid a sea of political, f...

How Some Tunisian Women Navigate The Social Expectations Of Wedding Night Virginity

HuffPost Tunisia | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.22.2016 | World

Tunisia has made seemingly dramatic strides in recent years in the realms of women’s rights and religious freedom. In 2014, the country gained world...

Sunrise in Palmyra

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

"Things we do in Lebanon we cannot do in Syria," Shady said and left it at that. We slept in separate beds that night. He was in a state of worry, looking out the windows to see if anyone in the empty hotel was walking past.

Bahrain's Detention of American Journalists Reveals Ongoing Assault on Freedom of Speech

Alex Shams | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Alex Shams

The repression in Bahrain is part of a larger policy of crushing dissent that the Bahraini government has followed since 2011, when hundreds of thousands joined a popular uprising demanding freedom and democracy.

The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

I'm for the Arab Spring -- But Not in Jordan

Duha Sa’fan | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Duha Sa’fan

AL-ZARQA, Jordan -- In the beginning, I completely believed that people should go after their freedom, even if the process involves violence. But from time to time I think to myself, is it worth all the losses and the innocent lives? Is it worth destroying a whole country and its history?

The Importance of Civil Society in the Arab World

George Batah | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
George Batah

An equivalent of the Marshall Plan is essential in order to rebuild the Middle East, cleanse it from terrorism, modernize industries, build its human capital, develop resilient economies and give the region hope of a better future and the world hope of perpetual peace.

An Unshackled Iran Can Only Be Countered By a Firm Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

With the nuclear deal sealed and sanctions lifted, an unshackled Iran is now a reality. The region -- and the world at large -- now holds its breath in anticipation of what kind of global player the Islamic Republic wants to be.