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The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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.

You Can't Beat Sexism with Racism

Hasna El Maroudi | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Hasna El Maroudi

The other day I came by a picture on my Facebook timeline of the capital of Morroco, Rabat. The picture dated from the mid-seventies showed a man and a woman holding hands while strolling down the street that is now known as Avenue Mohammed V.

2016 Is a Year of Hope

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Modern and forward-looking programs like these serve as reminders that we all play a role when it comes to creating economically-inclusive environments that allow people to follow their dreams. Job creation is a big part of the equation.

What Size News Article Will These Wars Be in the History of the World?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 12.29.2015 | Media
Peter Reynosa

Seeing very large historical events being reduced to smallish news stories, some no bigger than a small-town doctor obituary, is always a humbling experience. The great and grand problem or problems that consumed your era that everyone worried about may very well end up only being a very small story in the annals of history.

Cruising the Kashbah

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

Algeria's queer scene is certainly alive, but is muted and suppressed. There are no civil rights or legal protections and little-to-no safe private space for meeting. Therefore, gay men occupy the only place where they can find other like-minded men: the street.

Listening to Voices Across the Middle East: 2015

James Zogby | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

I've had the opportunity to conduct public opinion polls across the Middle East in order to provide content for policy discussions at the UAE's annual Sir Bani Yas Forum. We surveyed over 7,400 adults in six Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE), Turkey, and Iran.

'Movies Should Add Value to the Community': A Chat with Dubai Film and TV Commission Chairman Jamal Al Sharif

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with Jamal Al Sharif at last year's Dubai International Film Festival, and as the festival gets ready to kick off its 12th edition in a couple of days, once again in partnership with DFTC and Dubai Studio City, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate its Chairman, who is also the Managing Director of DSC.

Syrian Caricaturist Ali Ferzat 'Draws' Foes' Ire

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.06.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The unrepentant caricaturist was hospitalized, eventually recovered and left his homeland, but continued to draw -- his pen and tongue as sharp as ever.

I Feared America

Basma El Baz | Posted 12.02.2015 | Travel
Basma El Baz

I love traveling. I visited various countries alone or in the company of my best friend. I did not feel any fear before visiting the United Kingdom or...

Abolishing Homophobia Would Uphold Islamic And Moroccan Values

Farhat Othman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Farhat Othman

The criminalization of same-sex marriages violates the traditions of tolerance of the Kingdom, and Islamic values.

Refugee Hysteria Is the Wrong Response to the Paris Attacks

Mihai Pătru | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Mihai Pătru

Hauling up the drawbridge to the refugees is not going to stop Daesh from threatening America or change the government in Syria. Nor will it create a safer place for Americans. Instead this proclivity for panic will only heighten suspicions of the alien other (in this case, Muslim and Middle Eastern).

The Butterfly Effects That Led To The Rise Of ISIS

Zeina Saab | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Zeina Saab

It is so easy to simplify things, and to cast blame for the horrors we are witnessing today by demonizing an entire religious community for the actions that a tiny fraction of them committed. But we are smarter than that. To understand how to fight terror, we need to understand how we got here.

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

A Convenient Truth: Why He Named Me Malala Is a Must-Watch

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

After the screening, which predictably received a lengthy standing ovation, producer Walter Parkes admitted that the film was meant to be a narrative, inspired by the book I Am Malala, which Yousafzai wrote with the help of Christina Lamb.

The Nature of Power: An Interview With Tarik Kafala, Head of BBC Arabic

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

The definition, as well as the control of power have definitely changed in the last decade. In the Arab world, the exact moment when the shift started can probably be traced to the dramatic events of the Arab Spring.

Egyptians Say No to Sisi's Propaganda

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Egypt looks nothing like the promised heaven of stability and cohesiveness. Scores of Egyptians have been murdered by an ever more rampant police, sentenced to death in kangaroo courts, or jailed in the most inhumane conditions where torture is routine. Dissent is not tolerated, with the media and the press reduced to the role of state propagandists singing the General's praises and parroting his words.

Sheikh Mohammad's 'Marshal Plan' May Be the Region's Last Chance

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.11.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Once the combined targets are met, the four pillars which comprise Sheikh Mohammad's plan can form a long-term regional remedy and a road-map to pan-Arab prosperity, and not just serve as a pacifier to help overcome current woes.

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

Russia Intervenes in Syria's Civil War -- Will this Be the End for Vladimir Putin?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Sheldon Filger

My question to those who still believe in the Putin myth of infallibility is this: why did the Russian president recently decide on sending his armed forces to Syria to participate in that sad country's interminable and ever more bloody civil war?

From Arab Predicament to a world catastrophe

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

What is really happening in the Middle East, and why are its conflicts spilling over to Europe and other continents? Is it just a couple of civil wars that should be resolved politically and then the good old days will come back?

After Iran Deal, U.S. Needs to Reassure Arabs Over 'Pax Iranica'

Husain Haqqani | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

Unless Iran gives up its radical revolutionary ideology, it will continue to be perceived as a threat. In its zealous embrace of the nuclear deal with Iran, the United States should avoid the pitfall of considering Tehran's radicalism any less dangerous than that of extremists such as ISIS.

Lebanon's Uprising Could Shake The Country's Sectarian Foundations

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

This isn't just about garbage; it's about everything. For many years, people complained about the country. But aimlessly and without hope for any meaningful change. I believe they've come to the realization that democracy isn't a spectator sport.