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Syria and Chemical Weapons

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Social Entrepreneurship Changes Donor & Development Cultures

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Donor countries, like the U.S., the UK and Canada have noticed the social entrepreneurship potential. Each are revamping their donor agencies to partner with institutions that focus on working with social entrepreneurs.

Policy Implications of Iran's Fall From Favor in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.30.2013 | Home
James Zogby

Once viewed positively by sizable majorities in almost every country across the region, Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in its favorable ratings. The change, it appears from my findings, is largely due to concerns with Iran's policies in Iraq, Syria, and the Arab Gulf region.

A Comedian and a Scholar on Changing Sexual Behavior in the New Arab World Walk Into a Room

Andrea Grossman | Posted 02.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

We in the west know so little about Arab culture, custom and practices. We know about Ramadan. We know about governments in power. We know about Arab history -- to a point and clearly not enough. We understand that we need to know more.

Egypt Heads Toward the Cliff

Robert Walker | Posted 04.22.2013 | Home
Robert Walker

The great dilemma facing Egypt today is not whether the Morsi government or democratic rule can long survive; it is whether Egypt itself can long survive.

Bridging the East-West Divide: My Experience at NYU Abu Dhabi

James Zogby | Posted 03.28.2013 | Home
James Zogby

I would marvel at the students' optimism, their vision, and their instinctive sense of collaboration. And I would feel confident that they might very well be the generation to heal the divides that they inherited from the generations that had preceded them.

Middle East and North Africa: Another Year of Upheaval

James Dorsey | Posted 03.27.2013 | Home
James Dorsey

Short-term volatility and instability is inevitable as the regional push for change continues. The international community would be well advised to seriously help post-revolt nations manage transition and steer pre-revolt countries towards managed reform.

Arabs Can Act for Syria and Palestine -- Before It's Too Late

James Zogby | Posted 03.07.2013 | Home
James Zogby

Instead of acting as spectators, enablers, or waiting for the United Nations or the United States to provide solutions, there are practical steps through collective Arab action that might make a real difference.

Second Term/Second Chance: Arab Attitudes Toward U.S. Rebound in 2012

James Zogby | Posted 02.28.2013 | Home
James Zogby

As President Obama prepares to launch his second term in the White House, he can take some comfort in the fact that positive attitudes toward the United States have once again risen sharply in several Arab countries.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The idea of a film festival in Dubai had been discussed since the '90s, but the true impetus came after the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. "The eyes of the world were looking at the Arab world," says Dubai International Film Festival Chairman Abdulhamid Juma.

4 Things I Learned in Jordan

Charlie Kindel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Charlie Kindel

Jordan is a relatively stable country in a very bad neighborhood. If that stability can continue, the intelligence, optimism, passion and entrepreneurism I experienced while there will accelerate and, perhaps, things will become slightly less complex. And, maybe, the neighborhood will improve.

The Dictators of the Middle East

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home
Liaquat Ali Khan

The dictators of the Middle East, arising from the core of the Muslim world, disgrace the religion of Islam, forcing non-Muslims to conclude that it must be Islam that prompts rulers to forcibly establish sole proprietorships.

Revolt in the Middle East: Arab Monarchies Next?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.13.2013 | Home
James Dorsey

Arab monarchs pride themselves on having largely managed discontent in their countries. Yet, in the shadow of the civil war in Syria, it's monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that are on the cusp of the region's transition from autocracy to more open political systems.

How an Arab Police Force Mends Its Ways

Joseph Braude | Posted 12.29.2012 | Home
Joseph Braude

Like other Arab states over the past two years, Morocco has seen demonstrations by young people demanding political reform -- yet in contrast to neighboring countries, calls for the toppling of the king are relatively rare.

Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home

By Oliver Holmes and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A huge car bomb that exploded in central Beirut during rush hour on Fri...

The Marketing of Dubai: A Brilliant Mirage

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

It's difficult to embrace the hype while wading in a sea of black.

Not Without My American Car

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 11.28.2012 | Detroit
Hani Almadhoun

We cannot always look for what's best for ourselves, like better car mileage, and ignore the ghost towns around the county. When I finally passed my driving test, it was important to me to have an American-made car.


Michael Vlahos | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

We were an outsider civilization that was going to calm and shape the Arab Middle East. Today our enterprise is in ruin. The Ottoman metaphor is relevant because we tried, however unconsciously, to be like them.

Morsi's Visit and U.S. Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 11.25.2012 | Home
Philip Seib

As Egypt and the larger Arab world evolve, so too must U.S. public diplomacy change to conform to the region's new realities.

Egypt's President Morsi Is Wrong; It's Not American Taxpayer Money That Has Purchased Arab Hatred

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.23.2012 | Home
Raymond J. Learsy

The money exacerbating hatred and misunderstanding does not emanate from the "American taxpayer" per se, but rather from the American consumer both directly and symbolically.