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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.

What the Arab World Can Learn from Oman

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Whereas some political and religious leaders in a number of Arab states have played off sectarian hatred to urge their countries' youth to fight in Iraq and Syria, such rhetoric has virtually no appeal among Omanis who are not indoctrinated with the intolerant teachings of Wahhabism.

Scholars and Experts in the Arab World React to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Payam Mohseni | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Payam Mohseni

As a potential catalyst for further diplomatic means of conflict resolution, the comprehensive agreement provides a unique opportunity to seriously engage Iran and possibly alleviate these tensions. Given the significant ramifications that these openings may herald for the future of Iran-Arab world ties, it is more important than ever to engage and analyze viewpoints from scholars and analysts based in the region on the future of Iran's role in the Middle East and Arab security.

The Israeli Arabs: Trailblazers of a Better Middle East

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Jonathan Adelman

The violence that has rocked the Middle East since 2011 has largely bypassed Arabs in Israel. Had they risen up they could have cited many causes: job discrimination, racism, an alien national anthem, minimal state funding for education and social services and low income.

Queens of Syria Extinguishes the Stereotypes Created by War

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

At the last Abu Dhabi Film Festival -- and I mean last in every way since the eighth edition of this beloved cinematic bridge across cultures turned out to be its swan song -- one film quietly grabbed my imagination.

Pioneering Social Solutions In The Arab World

Raza Jafar | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Raza Jafar

Instead of old-style philanthropy, social entrepreneurship encourages a sustainable, triple bottom line approach to business issues, comprising an effective 'repackaging' of capitalism for the century ahead.

Marhaba! Introducing HuffPost Arabi

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We're launching HuffPost Arabi, our 14th international edition. While all of our other editions around the world focus on one country, HuffPost Arabi will span the entire Arab World -- comprised of 377 million people living in 22 countries.

Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

#AMF2015 Tackles Politics, Religion, Ethics, Innovation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Toss some hot political issues, mix in religious extremism, factor some ethical considerations and blend in innovation to produce the most sought-after ticket in Arab media events.

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Ultras have for the past eight years been at the core of anti-government protest in Egypt. They have been the drivers of student protests in the last two years against the regime of Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the general-turned-president who in 2013 toppled Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first and only democratically elected president.

Why Many Women In The Arab World Are Highly Educated, But Underemployed

Ozy | Emily Cadei | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

By EMILY CADEI, OZY If you were asked to name countries where women vastly outnumber men in higher education, somewhere in the ultra-traditional Ar...

Aboutreika: Bridging Egyptian Polarization or Signalling a Shift in Attitudes?

James Dorsey | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Few are able to bridge Egypt's deeply polarizing divide between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood following the 2013 military coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi.

Convene Iranian-Arab Summit Now

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Marwan Bishara

If the Iranian-Arab escalation continues unabated, more countries are bound to live Syria's nightmare of incalculable suffering, death and destruction.

Human Rights Are Universal Without a 'But'

Elham Manea | Posted 05.25.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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.