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Department of Ed Discriminated Against Debbie Almontaser

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Debbie Almontaser was fired because shirts with the word "intifada" were supposedly linked to her. I thought at the time it was obscene. Last week, the EEOC agreed with my assessment.

Sheikh Tantawi, Head of Al-Azhar, dies aged 81

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sheikh Sayyid Tantawi, one of the highest authorities in Sunni Islam, died from a heart attack Wednesday in the Saudi city of Riyadh, writes Tom Trew...

Moses Maimonides: Arab Jew, Religious Humanist

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The figure of Moses Maimonides (ca. 1138-1204), perhaps the greatest post-Talmudic rabbi, exemplifies the complications and pitfalls involved in the Arabic articulation of Judaism.

Where Is My Star Trek Universal Translator?

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeremy White

We are closer than ever before to coming out with a hand held translation device. The goal is to have a working model that is the size of an iPod and is 98% accurate in 20 essential languages.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne


Who Has the Akbar Zib?

Summer Qassim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Summer Qassim

The Saudi rejection of Mr. Akbar Zib can be justified on the grounds of refusing to repeatedly pronounce an offensive slang term in Arabic official discourse. But there seems to be more than just prudence at play here.

Akbar Zib, Pakistani Diplomat, Rejected In Saudi Arabia Because Name Means 'Biggest D**k' In Arabic

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to reports, a well respected, high ranking Pakistani official has been rejected as ambassador to Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zib, t...

"Ajami": A Film to Challenge the Israeli and Palestinian Narratives?

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Hitting US theaters today is Ajami, Israel's contender at this year's Academy Awards, which has also been garnering praise at Cannes and other interna...

Beirut Book Fair for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Day One

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I have to admit that at first I was afraid to enter, but it was what I spent two years working on - the debut of the Arabic version of my book, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, here in the Muslim world itself.

Arab Countries Aim to Improve Journalism Education With UNESCO's "Model Curricula"

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

Arab countries are making strides in trying to improve journalism curricula, but still face strictures, obstacles and challenges to press freedom as w...

Black Ops and Fort Hood

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

There are lots of places to start looking if we want clues as to what happened at an Army base at Fort Hood, Texas. One obvious clue is Virginia Tech....

Palestinian Children Suffer From a Lack of Appropriate TV Programming

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian children badly need programming that can address their issues. This need is all the more pressing considering that over 65% of Palestinian children have no pre-school education.

Arabic Novels In Translation Give Readers A Close Look Into Arab Lives

The New Yorker | Claudia Roth Pierpont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The ways that people think and work and suffer and fall in love and make enemies and sometimes make revolutions is the stuff of novels, and Arabic nov...

Egyptian Divorcées, Girls Only, Burst Onto Web Radio Scene

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

Motalakat is an online radio station launched by Mahasen Saber, a thirty-something Egyptian divorcée and mother for other Egyptian women.

In Qatar and Egypt, Education Reform Means Learning In English

Journalism Boot Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Journalism Boot Camp

English instruction in Qatar's schools, according to government plans, is to tailor students for higher education and jobs in English-language workplaces and universities.

Israel Road Signs To Read In Hebrew Only

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In what is sure to be a controversial move, the Israeli Transport Authority announced a new policy on Monday whereby all road signs will read only in ...

Israeli Border Police Abuses Hit YouTube, Filed Under 'Comedy' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Videos posted to YouTube last year have emerged that show Israeli Border Police harassing and humiliating Palestinians for their own amusement, Haaret...

'Bill Clinton is Syrian' and Other Tales of Obama's Speech From Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Syrians will continue to ignore gestures of American reconciliation and Obama's optimistic oratory until an American ambassador is returned to Damascus and sanctions are lifted.

CNN Reporter Turned Princess Starts Jordanian J-School

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

Princess Rym's advice to young journalists today is: "Be persistent. Don't take no for an answer. Remember why you're doing this. It's not about you, it's about the story."

Facebook Now In Arabic, Hebrew

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The social-networking site Facebook has added Arabic and Hebrew to more than 40 language versions already available to web users....

Changing the World, One Note at a Time

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Michael Franti's music is meant to rally the public and raise awareness. But, he wanted to take the music further. To protest the world's injustices, he needed to experience them, so, he headed to Baghdad.

Finding a Wall of Paranoia and Fear in Israel

Zaina Arafat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zaina Arafat

Traveling through Israel and the West Bank is an especially unpredictable experience for me. The Israeli soldiers who patrol the checkpoints can choose to treat me as either an American or as a Palestinian.

The World's First Privatized City

Avi Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Avi Lewis

"American-style capitalism" is having its worst public relations month ever, and the world is questioning the excesses of free-market orthodoxy in the wake of financial meltdown.

Rewind to Ramadan

Saadia Zahid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Saadia Zahid

During Ramadan, nightlife transforms from shots at nightclubs to shots of morrocan tea and card games. Door policies switch from no national dress to no sleeveless tops and short dresses.

Will Facebook Be In Arabic Next?

Silicon Alley Insider | Vasanth Sridharan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Credit a big chunk of Facebook's international growth to the local-language editions they've been running: They recently launched in Chinese and Russi...