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Voting in Congress on Syria

Allan Topol | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

By virtue of its power, position, and principles, the United States, albeit reluctantly, must put on the sheriff's badge and play that role. Failure of the U.S. to do so in Syria moves the world closer to anarchy.

What We Are Debating -- and What We Are Not

James Zogby | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
James Zogby

As a result of President Obama's decision to ask Congress to support his call for "limited" strikes against the Assad regime, we find ourselves in the throes of a much needed, but still incomplete, national debate on the wisdom of U.S. policy toward Syria.

Public Diplomacy and the Arab World's Future

Philip Seib | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The key to an improved future in the region is less political than it is economic. Democracy is a worthy goal, but it will be reached only slowly.

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

El-Baz: Go West, into Egypt's Desert

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Internal strife, poor economic performance, major importation of food supplies, and severe crowding along a thin strip of arable Nile land can only me...

Tragedy and Nonsense

James Zogby | Posted 10.17.2013 | World
James Zogby

The events unfolding across Egypt have all the aspects of a classic tragedy. The characters involved, each in their own way, have demonstrated that they have been unable to rise above their fatal flaws with the result being the horror we are now witnessing.

Saving the Arab Levant

James Zogby | Posted 09.26.2013 | World
James Zogby

Reviewing events unfolding from Iraq in the East to Lebanon in the West can give one the distinct feeling that the region is on a path leading to self-destruction. What, if anything, can be done to reverse course?

The Dubai Model and the New Arab World

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Taufiq Rahim

Johann Hari's article "The Dark Side of Dubai" in The Independent in 2009, crystallized the hyperbolic writing on the Gulf emirate in the recent past:...

Freedom, Journalism & Religion: How Safe a Mix?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Is it safe to mix freedom, journalism and religion in today's Arab world? Mention those three topics together and you're likely to start a riot - or a...

Tackling the crux of the matter

Nafez Al Dakkak | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Nafez Al Dakkak

Let me state the obvious. The employment process is broken. It is especially broken in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where the region continues to lead the world in the percentage of youth not on the path to a stable career.

Turkey Turning to the East

Semra Sevi | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Semra Sevi

With Turkey's prospects for joining the European Union stagnating, the country is reaching out to Muslim and Arab countries as an alternate form of political and economic support. In this light, Turkey can serve as a role model for the Muslim world and for neighboring Arab countries.

Another Coup for the Outgoing Emir of Qatar

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Taufiq Rahim

Once again, however, the Emir of Qatar (who I'll refer to by his initials HBK) shocked the region with another unprecedented move -- this time the transfer of power to his 33-year-old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (the 'new Emir')

Transition in Qatar: Will He or Won't He?

James Dorsey | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Conventional wisdom predicts that 33-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will adhere to his father's use of sports as a key foreign, defense and security policy tool to embed Qatar in the international community.

Tamarrod: Egyptians Organizing for June 30th

James Zogby | Posted 08.15.2013 | World
James Zogby

June 30th marks Mohamed Morsi's first anniversary as President of Egypt. It is also the date set for nationwide demonstrations protesting Morsi's increasingly authoritarian leadership and the role his Muslim Brotherhood is playing in post-Tahrir Egypt.

Arab Americans Making Progress

James Zogby | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
James Zogby

Back in the 1970s, there really wasn't much of an Arab American community. Most people of Arabic descent didn't even identify as "Arab American." The Washington I see today is dramatically different from the city I came to 35 years ago.

Soccer Emerges as Focal Point of Dissent in Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Soccer is emerging as a focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia, an oil-rich kingdom that despite banning demonstrations by law is struggling to fend off the waves of change sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

Bassem Youssef Brings Down House at 12th Arab Media Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Strutting onto the stage at this week's Arab Media Forum (AMF) to a burst of applause and cheers, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef had a captive audie...

Muslim Women and the Bedroom Question

Nedda Alammar | Posted 07.13.2013 | Women
Nedda Alammar

When I first visited the Middle East as a 30-year-old woman on the verge of an identity crisis -- am I too Jersey for Jordan? -- I thought my American openness would relieve my relatives from cultural restraint, thus helping them reveal to me all their forbidden escapades -- their loves and desires.

An Arab Marshall Plan

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Bassem Awadallah

Although Arab leaders often cite Turkey as a beacon of hope, they rarely acknowledge that the country's recent transformation from the "sick man of Europe" to one of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets would not have been possible had it not pursued regional synergies.

Syria and Chemical Weapons

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Here we go again. Syria's apparent use of a small amount of chemical weapons against its own people has many Republicans and conservatives calling for President Barack Obama to intervene. Yeah, easy, right? Just like Iraq.

LinkedIn Usage Pales in Comparison to Facebook in Arab Countries, Study Suggests | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology

History finds news coming out of Arab countries to be rather abundant, but when it comes to how Arab countries receive news/information about themselves and the outside world, how much do we really know?

Qatar Educators Integrate Media Literacy into Curricula

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

This is a summary of a chapter by the author in "Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue" edited by Ulla Carlsson and Sherri Hope Cu...

Native Informant

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Much of the music on the Native Informant album speaks to my love for the Arab World, the beauty of its people, the generosity of its culture and my relationship with its artists and poets.

American Attitudes Toward Egypt Have Soured

James Zogby | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
James Zogby

In January of 2012, we asked Americans whether or not they were hopeful that the Arab Spring would bring about positive change. By more than two to one they answered in the affirmative. But in the tumultuous year and a half that has followed, Americans have lost that hope.

The Women Trailblazers of Gulf Arab Art

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.