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A State of the Union Address for the UAE

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

There is something to be said for a public address. It is a major media event, a collective celebration of achievements over the past year and the spelling of hopes and challenges for the upcoming one.

Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf: An Attempt To Steal the Show

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The governments of the Arab Gulf states have been skeptical of the Arab Spring. For many political observers this skepticism stemmed from the fact tha...

Media Live Up to Name as Game Changers in Spreading Arab Revolutions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Any invasion of armies today is being met with an equally hard-hitting invasion of media to cover unfolding events -- often to the consternation of those who seek to suppress people.

Osama Bin Laden: He Had It Coming

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

For ten years millions of Arabs were held hostage due to the acts of a minority. During this time tens of thousands of lives were lost in senseless violence that only a megalomaniac would be able to justify.

Arab Revolt Killed Bin Ladenism Before the Americans

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If al-Qaeda followers turn to Yemen to pursue the work of Osama bin Laden's network, they will be in for a surprise. The people of Yemen have long since divorced themselves from bin Laden's ideology.

Egypt's Bad Choice for The Arab League

Hoda Osman | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Hoda Osman

Why would Egypt nominate a former assistant to Mubarak, a long-time member of his party and a man whose victory in the parliamentary elections is widely contested to the Arab League?

What Will Become of Libya?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

It is a different story this time. Libya is not Iraq. The U.S. and West are getting it right this time. The Obama administration is taking a different...

Just a Century Ago, a Woman Ruled in the Gulf

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

In no other region of the world does the tired old cliché that "behind every great man is a great woman" hold more true than in the Middle East. And ...

Libyan Media March to Beat of a Different Drummer

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil


Accountability Beyond Rhetoric

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Corruption is a threat to national security and not just a financial crime. We should not be the world's policeman, nor should we be the dictator's patron.

Needed: Skilled Mediator for Egypt

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Who is Naguib Sawiris, and what are his qualifications to mediate a complicated and critical transition of power from the old Egyptian regime to a new government?

Cairo, the Pole Star of Arab Cultural Consciousness

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

All Arab eyes are watching Cairo. But this time, with Al Jazeera present internationally, not only current Arab residents, but ex-patriots Arabs and t...

Arab Uprising's Winners and Losers

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The newly found bravery of Arab youths has spread from one country to another. The right to free expression and assembly, long restricted in Arab countries, has now been extracted as a result of the sacrifices in the streets.

Dictator Tips

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, ...

Media Coverage of Egyptian Events Draws Fire, Praise

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A sign carried by a demonstrator in Cairo's Tahrir Square read: "Egyptian media don't see, don't hear, they just talk." It was right on the mark.

The Arab Citizen Stands Up for His Dignity

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The Arabs, and especially the Egyptians whose decline over the past half a century spelled the decline of all Arabs, have just entered a new phase. Their citizens have just proven that they matter.

Repertoires of Repression and the Egypt Street: This Is Not a Facebook, Twitter or Wiki Revolution!

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

It's oh so tempting for the mainstream media to give what's happening in Egypt a pithy label. But revolutions don't happen in cyberspace, they happen in the streets.

Change in Egypt Will Change the Region

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Egypt's enduring authoritarian regime is the biggest hurdle to democracy and freedom in the region. If the Mubarak regime falls, other dictatorships will also fall.

Egypt Is Burning, and It Is Not a Facebook or Twitter Event

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The majority of the 80 million people of Egypt live in abject poverty. They go to kiosks to make calls. A substantial number have never used the internet. They are not twittering -- they are out on the streets giving vent to three decades of anger.

Why You Should Travel To Tunisia

Judie Fein | Posted 09.19.2011 | World
Judie Fein

You certainly do not want to book a trip to Tunisia today or tomorrow. But soon, when order is restored, you will want to visit this remarkable country with its caring, concerned, brave and freedom-loving people.

Hoorah for Hapoel: A Core of Anti-Racism

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dana Agmon

Last week, Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. won its first game at the UEFA Champions League. It was an emotional moment. But when people refuse to understand that many of us have differing political views, such happiness is short-lived.

Will We See WikiLeaks in Arabic Soon?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Arab reporters have shown that they are willing to investigate their own communities. The fact that young journalists are learning the tricks of the trade bodes well for the natural progression of this form of investigations.

The Race for Primacy in the Middle East

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

What we are witnessing is nothing less than the seminal competition over the heart of the Arab/Muslim world. Two regional players are in an epic battle for the same goal, albeit from fundamentally different angles to advance totally different agendas.

Broken Washington: The Cases of Zogby and the Brookings Institute

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

But when it comes to foreign policy, Obama deserves a big bold F. Stories of Washington's self-proclaimed experts and think tanks for hire might give us some clues.

Egyptian Clampdown on Press Freedom Gaining Pace

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Noted, controversial media figures critical of the Egyptian regime are being sacked ahead of legislative elections in November.