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Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

Deconstructing Netanyahu

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The truth is coming out and Netanyahu's attempts to correct his errors will do little to change what the world has now finally come to understand, namely that Israel is neither a democracy nor that its five-decades old occupation of four million Palestinians is the fault of the occupied rather than the occupier.

Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 03.09.2015 | 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?

Can the Middle East End Its Addiction to Cheap Oil?

OpedSpace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
OpedSpace

The lower cost in global fuel prices can provide a unique avenue for countries to carry out energy subsidy reforms and develop energy efficiency programs with a much smaller negative effects on the population than otherwise.

What (Some) Women Want

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Rym Tina Ghazal

It probably applies to both genders. I should start by saying this is not a scientific sampling; it's just women I met from different religions and backgrounds. This is what I found from my own interviews:

If It's February, This Must Be Brussels

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.21.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Yes, it's a twist on the 1969 film starring Suzanne Pleshette and Charlie Cartwright "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium," about a group of American tourists zipping through Europe on a bus tour with barely time to see anything.

First Lady of Arab Cinema, Faten Hamama, RIP

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Magda Abu-Fadil

They don't make them like that anymore. The First Lady of Arab cinema and its Golden Age, legend Faten Hamama, is gone, leaving a rich heritage that helped turn her country, Egypt, into a Hollywood on the Nile.

The Real War Is the Ideological One

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Whenever violent acts take place, the natural response is the need to obliterate the group or militias behind it militarily.

Hack vs Flack? What's the Problem? Geography!

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

In an increasingly globalized world, albeit with local interests, where stories often break on social media before anyone has time to breathe, journalists and PR pros can't afford to be "geography challenged."

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.

58 Frenetic Hours in Cairo

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Cairo under the best of circumstances is frenetic, so 58 hours in the Egyptian capital proved an exhausting undertaking requiring a hardy stamina and lots of patience.

What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

How the ISIS Peril Clarifies What Iraq Needs

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Rami G. Khouri

The news that many locals have not resisted, and even often welcomed, the arrival of ISIS should clarify the intense problems that existed between the government and mostly Sunni local communities in northwest Iraq.

Fragonard: The Art of Perfume

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.06.2014 | Style
Magda Abu-Fadil

Little did I know the enchanting fragrance I received as a gift sample at a conference in Menton was also the name of a painter who hailed from nearby...

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...

Five Rules for a Successful Marriage (or So Couples Say)

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Rym Tina Ghazal

Over the past month, I collected about five broad points --that I dubbed as "rules" -- that were most often repeated by married couples in the UAE I perceive as "being happy" or content anyways

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Can Qatar Regain Influence In Egypt?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Nearly three years after Hosni Mubarak was removed from power, Egypt has become a battleground among regional actors with geopolitical and economic stakes in Egypt's future. It is within the context of Egypt's desperation for money from abroad that foreign aid remains highly influential in Egyptian politics.

Al Jazeera America: News We Need to See and Hear

Geri Spieler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

Al Jazeera came to the main stage during the Arab protests in 2011 known as the "Arab Spring." Broadcasting in English, the network was able to bring news of the unfolding events from regions no other network could access.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Wrapping Up: 10th Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came away from DIFF a believer in this as a film festival with a vision of the future of film, from the standpoint of aesthetics, technology and business.

Water More Important Than Oil for the Future of the Arab World

Sima Bahous | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Sima Bahous

For too many in the Arab World today the most immediate challenges are all-consuming. From the Syria crisis and its spillover effects, the difficult p...

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...