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Arab Disturbance, American Distress

Ahmed Charai | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the Arab world, there is always a large segment of the population that views American policy as an imperialist conspiracy, even if that policy was designed to help them.

Joe Scarborough Dead Wrong About "Why They Hate Us"

Omar Baddar | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Omar Baddar

This week, after supposedly "talking to intelligence people all weekend," Joe Scarborough shared with us the insight that people in the Middle East "hate us because of their religion, they hate us because of their culture."

Domestic and Foreign Extremists Behind the Cairo and Libya Attacks

John L. Esposito | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
John L. Esposito

Once again extremists -- both the U.S.-based creators of the video, "Innocence of Muslims" and extremists in Cairo and Benghazi, and subsequently from the Arab world to Southeast Asia -- are the agents behind the latest flash point in a tragic death and destruction.

Joshua Hersh

Libya Attack Points To Dilemma Of Unfinished Arab Spring | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.14.2012 | World

A timely new report from the nonprofit International Crisis Group warns that Libya's internal disarray poses a significant threat to the safety and se...

Arab, U.S Periodicals Strike Out in World Magazine Trends 11-12

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.01.2012 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

World Magazine Trends 11-12 saw weak prospects for recovery of the magazine industry in the Middle East and Africa in the coming years, and the United States is projected to lose ground in adspend, as it was hit hard by the economic downturn.

Turkey's New Role or Awakening the Sleeping Levantine Giant

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

The reemergence of Turkey in Arab politics has many in Turkey and the region asking if veering Ankara's politics back towards the Levant is a wise policy.

"Chess Is the Way We Establish Mastery Over the West"

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

These words, uttered by a Soviet General during the Cold War, serve to remind us, in our frustration over the veto on Syria in the United Nations last week, that the Russians are really pretty good at checkmating us.

Pulling Lebanon Back From the Brink

James Zogby | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
James Zogby

With neighboring Syria imploding, tensions with Iran mounting, and Israel ever threatening, Lebanon appears to be on the brink of conflict. While this has been Lebanon's story for decades now, it need not be its fate.

Give Iran the Bomb? A Very, Very Bad Idea

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

While Kenneth N. Waltz takes a highly unusual approach to the issue by actually arguing that an Iranian bomb would stabilize the Middle East, he knows he is planting his ideas on somewhat fertile soil.

Mr. Ahmed Goes to Washington (Along With Tony, Hanna and Ali)

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will hold its annual Convention in the heart of Washington, D.C., th...

Three Years After Cairo: Partisan Obstruction Continues to Block Change

James Zogby | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

We live in what I call, "The house that Bush built." Both at home and abroad, the impact of the sometimes neglectful and other times reckless policies of the last administration are everywhere in evidence.

Egypt's Election: "We've Never Been Here Before"

James Zogby | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
James Zogby

As big as the question of who the winner will be, is what the job of the presidency will be like in the short and long term. This new situation in Egypt is an uncertain balancing act between competing forces. We've never been here before.

Netanyahu Creates a Big New Government to Do Nothing But Survive

James Zogby | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
James Zogby

Don't hold your breath expecting big things, either bad or good, from this big new government. Expect, instead, business as usual.

Politics and Policies: Dealing With Ankara No Turkey Trot for Damascus

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Turkey is a real force to be reckoned with in the Levant. And if memories serve well, upsetting the Ottoman Turks never proved to be a very intelligent policy. Upsetting modern-day Turks may not differ.

Guns, Bombs, and Other Terrifying Pranks Arabs Love To Pull

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.25.2012 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Pranks are popular in the Arab world, and they are often known by the name "Hidden Camera".

Should America Be Involved in Democracy Promotion in the Arab World?

James Zogby | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

We fail to recognize the damage that has been done to "brand America." While many Americans still want to see ourselves as "the shining city on the hill," we simply do not understand that is not how most Arabs see us.

Confessions of a 'Cat Woman,' or at Least One Arabian Mau

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home
Rym Tina Ghazal

Perhaps I am overreacting, but I don't understand why people give single women with cats that "oh, poor you" look, yet when they come across single men with pets -- whether they have cats, dogs, turtles, whatever -- they say: "How cute; he is so caring and sensitive."

Let's Not Wait Until the Fall Comes

Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata

It is Europe's primary responsibility not to let the Arab Spring slip into a chilly winter. We need, now not later, to build a "Euro-Mediterranean house" and create a solid framework for peace and security in a region which is rapidly turning from an area of influence into an almost "domestic" one.

The West Must Support Universal Values in the Arab World

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Over the past 14 months, Iran has steadily lost influence throughout the Middle East. Recognizing this is crucial for understanding how Palestine, Syria and other key strategic battlegrounds now play into Iranian calculations, and how new opportunities have emerged for both Arabs and the West.

Getting Nervous?

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.29.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- Laughing for the cameras, the Arab leaders appear nothing if not secure in their power, four longtime members of the Middle East coterie of ...

On Syria: Does Might Need to Be Right?

Nedda Alammar | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Nedda Alammar

Once you start talking about spreading democracy and civility to the Arab world, the conversation becomes not about the issue -- helping Syria -- but about helping the entire Arab world catch up to the West.

Fostering Democracy in the Middle East Through Entrepreneurship

John Sullivan | Posted 05.13.2012 | World
John Sullivan

For the justice that the Middle East wants to arrive, entrepreneurship must be at the center of plans to bolster and remake economies around the region. But what happens when the rules are rigged and existing institutions favor the already enriched?

Arab Women Shaping the Future -- Now, More Than Ever

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Hibaaq Osman

As the world marks International Women's Day this week, it's time to look ahead to the critical role women in the Arab world are playing in framing their futures after last year's Arab Spring.

U.S.-Egypt Relations on the Rocks

James Zogby | Posted 04.12.2012 | World
James Zogby

The U.S.-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other.

Dealing With Iran

James Zogby | Posted 04.05.2012 | World
James Zogby

If we are to believe a variety of confirmed and unconfirmed sources in Israel and the U.S., some day in the next few months we may wake up to the news that Israel has bombed Iran's nuclear facilities. Or maybe not.