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These Chilling Interviews Expose Western Stereotypes About the Arabic Language

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.26.2015 | Religion
Brian Hanley


Yalla, Let's All Speak Arabic on the Plane Today

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Robert Naiman

If somebody is trying to use a marker to marginalize the vulnerable, it is time to undermine the marginalization by appropriating the marker for the multitude. That's why we should all speak a little Arabic on the plane today.

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

Watch Students Realize Arabic And Spanish Aren't Very Different

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

"I basically speak Arabic."  That's how one Spanish speaker reacted after Barbara Estrada and Taylor Villanueva, two journalism students from the...

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Meet Mohamed Omar:'s Managing Editor

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 10.20.2015 | Media
Andrew Benkovic

Mohamed Omar is what some would call a workaholic. But, he doesn't seem to mind the title. The 24 year-old from Cairo, Eqypt has already made a name for himself.

Interfaith Prayer in Marsh Chapel, or How a Rabbinical Student Ended Up in Church

Benjamin Barer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

Growing up, churches were simply buildings that I did not enter. Not because I felt unwelcome by Christians, but because I didn't even know any of them in the first place.

CON GAMES: Post 9/11, Pen Mightier Than Sword

Michael Conniff | Posted 09.15.2015 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Were this not the anniversary of 9/11, I would not be telling you the story of how I survived a terrorist scare this week on a redeye from Denver to Fort Lauderdale. No one knows about the scare, not even my wife, who was sitting next to me for the whole thing.

#SandstormLebanon: Gritty Social Media Sarcasm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's all Lebanon needed, a deadly sandstorm to accompany the government's paralysis, crumbling infrastructure, rolling demonstrations, and pervasive frustration.

OOPS: 'Arabic Terror Threat' Was Actually A Hebrew Welcome Sign

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

Residents in the small Louisiana community of Gardner contacted both the local sheriff's department and the media to report signs they believed may ha...

Arabic and Life Lessons: My Summer in Lebanon

Aisha Subhan | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Aisha Subhan

I constantly wondered how a single place could have experienced being both heaven and hell on earth. But that is Lebanon, a place of both pain and beauty.

Yemen's Life Pulse: Social Entrepreneurs

Abdulhakeem Saeed As-Sabri | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Abdulhakeem Saeed As-Sabri

I'm 27 years old and I live in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. I did not grow up dreaming of becoming a social entrepreneur who would found an organization to help save lives. But that was before I knew that I had hemophilia, in a country where there are no specialized medical centers to help hemophiliacs.

Review: Good Evening: Télé Liban's 100 History-Making Moments

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Series were a staple of Lebanese TV, which aired its first programs in 1959, and became a money making export to Arab countries.

Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

An Open Letter to Pakistani Muslims

Summer Qassim | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Summer Qassim

Ramadan has begun, and with it Muslims seek to unite themselves not just with each other, by abstaining from food and drink during the day, but with all of humanity, trying to minimize class differences and empathize with the poor and needy by being hungry and thirsty in the same way.

Was Intra Bank's Fall A Prelude to Lebanon's Downfall?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Forget local history books that don't fully account for a civil war and other setbacks that ruined the country and follow the money in Lebanon's tortuous slide from "Switzerland of the Middle East" to dysfunctional entity par excellence.

Laura Ingraham Equates Arabic Speakers To Skinheads In Pledge Of Allegiance Rant

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

America may be a melting pot, a cultural mosaic full of different languages, religions and ethnicities, but God forbid if the Pledge of Allegiance is ...

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil (Hiber, Arabic for ink) is running again after bowing to Jordan's licensing requirement and being blocked four times, but it hasn't veered from a mission to produce good, professional, and critical content.

Social Media, Ethics and Awards

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

We need more such incentives to prompt journalists, bloggers and others to couple journalistic prowess with self-regulated ethics in a bid to avoid the force-feeding of often outdated or unfair laws.

The Scary World That Is Arabic Twitter

Natasha Tynes | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology
Natasha Tynes

The truth of the matter is while I continue to tweet prolifically, I'm terrified of Twitter. It is a scary world out there. I make sure to turn off my geolocation option on Twitter. Did ISIS succeed in instilling fear in me? The answer is a definite yes.

Top 7 Myths About Daesh

Juan Cole, Informed Comment | Posted 02.18.2015 | World

The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western jo...

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The New World Encyclopedia offers interesting background information on Byblos. Other publications and websites also cover its rich history. But visiting Byblos is a sure way of appreciating its heritage.

Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

Harut Sassounian | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

With such impeccable credentials, Mrs. Clooney will be a great asset to Armenia's legal team in Strasbourg, in the appeal of Perincek vs. Switzerland before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on January 28.

Republicans Promised I'd Be Speaking Arabic by Now

Thom Senzee | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Thom Senzee

And then there was 2012. Remember that one? Just two years ago, you said if Americans wanted to pay $5 per gallon for gasoline, we should just go ahead and reelect the president.

How Studying Arabic Brought Me to Israel in the Summer of 2014

Maria Sebas | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Maria Sebas

The most notable observation I made was that the vast majority of Israelis that I spoke with wanted to find a peaceful solution. Whether they were Israeli Jews or Israeli Arabs, they wanted an end to the violence.